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Caribbean Diaspora Blogger Makes Meatless Monday Meaningful

Written by Janine Mendes-Franco On 5 February 2014 @ 18:34 pm | 1 Comment

In Caribbean, Citizen Media, English, Environment, Food, Health, Trinidad & Tobago, Weblog

Trinidadian diaspora blogger Afrobella [1] usually blogs about all things glamourous – fashion [2], beauty [3], fitness [4] – but occasionally, she will wax poetic about food, which, of course, has a glamour of its own. Her culinary interests lie Caribbean food, usually [5], and the challenges she faces finding the right West Indian ingredients while living in a North American metropolis. She manages, though, and today she shares her recipe for a Rainbow Pizza recipe that does something extraordinary, at least in Caribbean menu terms: It offers a tasty meal – without meat – which is perhaps the most loved staple of West Indian diets.

Her post begins by acknowledging the genesis [6] of the Meatless Monday concept:

[It] dates back to conservation efforts during World War 1 [7], but regained popularity in the last decade as a public health awareness initiative. The idea behind it [8] is to improve public health by going meatless once a week, to reduce risks of cancer, heart disease and diabetes while reducing your carbon footprint and improving the environment.

She continues:

I love the idea, and have been wanting to eat less meat and more veggies for a while. My husband is totally not cool with it and wants to eat meat for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day. It makes things challenging for me. It means that I have to try that much harder to create something delicious and healthy that we’ll both enjoy.

Afrobella succeeds, though – after checking out [9] a few recipes [10] on Pininterest [11], she gives the pizza dish her own special flair by “up[ping] the ante and add[ing] some roasted veggies”:

When I shared the photo on my Instagram [12] and Facebook [13] pages, the response was huge! Everyone’s asking me for the recipe. And it’s SO EASY. Like, stupid easy. Let me share it with you!

Rainbow Pizza, a la Afrobella.

Rainbow Pizza, a la Afrobella.

You can check out the recipe and follow the method here [6]. Then, add the veggie ingredients in the sequence of rainbow colours:

Decorate in rainbow stripes! Like I said, I used the following, in order from right to left – mushrooms, broccoli, yellow bell pepper, red bell pepper, roasted tomatoes, and red onion. Some of my veggies were roasted veggie leftovers…so effortless and delicious every single time!

Then you taste the rainbow (sorry, I couldn’t help it)!

There was one challenge with the pizza, though:

Because it’s in veggie based stripes, depending on how you arrange your veggies, your slices probably won’t include all of them. The next time I make this pizza, I’m making it on a circular crust so I can get all my veggies on one slice.

It was yummy, easy, and if you have kids, they’ll probably love it.

Here's hoping that meat-lovers, or as they're called in the Caribbean “meat-mouths” will agree. Enjoy!

The image used in this post is by Afrobella [1], used with permission.

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URLs in this post:

[1] Afrobella: http://www.afrobella.com/

[2] fashion: http://www.afrobella.com/2014/01/26/red-carpet-ready-guide-glamour/

[3] beauty: http://www.afrobella.com/2014/01/21/smashbox-full-exposure-palette/

[4] fitness: http://www.afrobella.com/2014/01/23/dumbest-excuses-make-avoid-exercising/

[5] Caribbean food, usually: http://www.afrobella.com/2014/01/09/trinidad-corn-soup-american-ingredients-corn-soup-remix/

[6] acknowledging the genesis: http://www.afrobella.com/2014/02/04/rainbow-pizza-recipe/

[7] dates back to conservation efforts during World War 1: http://www.meatlessmonday.com/about-us/history/

[8] The idea behind it: http://www.meatlessmonday.com/about-us/why-meatless/

[9] checking out: http://www.gimmesomeoven.com/rainbow-flatbread-pizza-veggie-pizza-recipe/#_a5y_p=1219180

[10] a few recipes: http://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/rainbow-pizza/119eff0d-8d58-4248-ae67-36eaca9eb4e3

[11] Pininterest: http://www.pinterest.com/afrobella/

[12] Instagram: http://instagram.com/p/j-lxQ_n5jP/

[13] Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/afrobellablog/posts/10152106615398046

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