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Meatless Monday: Veggie Garbage Bread

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Meatless Monday is a global movement, a way of life. It’s not a campaign to turn everyone in the world vegetarian or vegan; in fact, many involved are meat-lovers. Eating less meat has been proven to reduce the risk of disease, curb obesity and has important environmental impacts, too. Will you join us in giving up meat, just for one day a week?

When I was a kid, my mom used to make us something called “garbage bread.” The name instilled fear instead of craving, of course; one surefire way to get your kid to avoid a meal is to let them think it’s made from trash. But at some point, she convinced me (forced me?) to try this bread that was made not from garbage, but from pizza toppings all folded into pizza dough. The unfortunately-named loaf was amazing and became something I requested over and over again.

I can only assume that the name “garbage” is used for this stuffed bread to illustrate the fact that it can be made with all kinds of fillings — it’s not pepperoni bread or sausage bread or broccoli bread  — it can be made with any or all of those things. So instead of All Kinds of Stuff Bread, someone used the name Garbage Bread and it stuck.

You can fill garbage bread with whatever you like — I like to fill store-bought pizza dough with leftover sauteed greens and whatever kind(s) of cheese I have sitting in the fridge. This recipe uses sauteed zucchini, squash, onions and tomatoes — it’s like a baked veggie sub. Or an inside-out vegetable pizza. But whatever it is, actual garbage it’s not.

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