Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Memorial Day Meatless Monday with Mindy #16

Welcome to the 16th installment of Meatless Monday with Mindy.  It's also...

Celebrations took place all around America Monday. Backyard BBQ's with lot's of meat on the grill is the traditional fare on this notable day.  Our house was no exception as we had guest over who are meat eaters.  However, Kidlet #1 and myself still chose to eat meatless.

 Thankfully my honey and I LOVE grilling vegetables, so we prepared and tossed with olive oil and herbs as many vegetables as our grill basket woud hold and we also steamed corn on the cob. I had my honey grill a big ole portabello mushroom cap for me that had been marinating in balsamic vinaigrette for about an hour or so, then I dressed it up with Vegan rice cheese, lettuce, tomato and bread and butter pickles. 

Although only one other person ate meatless with me (the men all ate grilled chicken breasts) Kidlet #1 does not like mushrooms in any shape or form, so she heated up some left over quinoa I had made previously as her main course.

I got so caught up in family conversations that I forgot that I was supposed to take pictures.  I apologize right up front for the poor quality of these last minute snap shots of my Meatless Monday dinner plate

For the rare dessert I make these days I made a fruit pie with about 2 cups of rhubarb, 2 cups of strawberries and about 1 cup of blueberries.  It looked very patriotic in the raw, but once it cooks, it's just kind of purple. Knowing this would be the result, I punched steam holes in the top crust to resemble the American flag.  It was my personal artistic rendition anyway. :)

I hope everyone had a wonderful celebration. But with all the chaos of running children, hot grills, and barking dogs, let us not forget why we celebrate Memorial Day.  Freedom is not free. Thank a soldier when you see them.

- C W Johnson
We walked among the crosses
Where our fallen soldiers lay.
And listened to the bugle
As TAPS began to play.
The Chaplin led a prayer
We stood with heads bowed low.
And I thought of fallen comrades
I had known so long ago.
They came from every city
Across this fertile land.
That we might live in freedom.
They lie here 'neath the sand.
I felt a little guilty
My sacrifice was small.
I only lost a little time
But these men lost their all.
Now the services are over
For this Memorial Day.
To the names upon these crosses
I just want to say,
Thanks for what you've given
No one could ask for more.
May you rest with God in heaven
From now through evermore.

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