Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Meatless recipes

RD and I are currently attempting to expand our meatless recipe collection, specifically 'main dishes' and 'sides'. We were wondering if you ladies would be willing to share your recipes with us. We are totally open to legumes, beans, pretty much any kind of veggie, etc. The only thing we don't like is tofu. If you have several recipes to share, you can e-mail them to me at: growthasawifeandmom@yahoo.com

Thanks so much, ladies!


Anonymous said...

just hop on over to my blog and search for the following recipes:

-pinto beans (i serve it with cornbread)
-honeyed lentils (i serve it with basic baked rice, also on my blog)
-baked oatmeal
-tomato basil quiche (any quiche is great, really)
-garlic scape pesto (serve over pasta)

beans & rice is always a standby here. black or pinto beans served with brown rice and garnished with whatever we have around: cilantro, salsa, sour cream, romaine lettuce, hot sauce, lime juice, corn, whatever. kiddos love it with corn chips.

we just had pinto beans and cornbread tonight!

Cyndi said...

Serina, you beat me to it - I was going to refer Mel to your blog for the Honey Baked Lentils. The kids love it over brown rice. I only use half the honey and half the ginger - but it is good. We just had that last Thursday.

ReaganF said...

We have a 'Speedy Southwestern Salad' that we make pretty often. Not sure how much your kids eat salads (Riley's not into them yet), but it is tasty!

1 bag lettuce
1 can corn (drained)
1 can black beans (rinsed and drained)
1/2 cup cheese (or more to taste)
Tomatoes to taste (we like a LOT)
1/2 cup salsa (or picante sauce)
1/2 cup Ranch dressing
tortilla chips to top

Mix Salsa and ranch dressing. Combine all other ingrediants, top with dressing and tortilla chips.

We also LOVE black beans around here! We buy the cans (which are not as healthy as buying a bag, I am sure). We just heat them up and serve with sour cream or salsa. So good!

Emily L said...

Hi Mel,

My hubby Dave is a vegetarian, so technically, everything I make around here is meat-free! :) There are plenty of recipes I could give you, but it might take me a little time as we're moving right now. If you're willing to wait a bit though, I could hook you up with a few!

Also, you said you aren't big on tofu, but have you tried the soy crumbles by either Boca or Morningstar Farms? We use them all the time and as a meat-eater still, I find them to be a fine substitute for meat in almost any case. Just a suggestion :)

Trust me, I'm not the world's best cook, but I'll give you my staples :)

Emily L.

Cyndi said...

Another lentil dish I love is Dal - I got this from my vegetarian friend Becky. We serve it over brown rice - but you could serve it with flatbread.


2 onions, chopped
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 heaping tsp curry powder
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 cup lentils
3 cups water

In a 2 qt sauce pan, saute onion, garlic, and curry in olive oil. Add salt, pepper, water, and lentils. Bring to boil, then cover and reduce to simmer. Simmer 20 min or until lentils are tender. Add more salt and pepper to taste.

Yummy - I could eat that every week.

Also - I just posted Jackie's (meatless) pasta sauce on my blog - but it may be a bit too gourmet for the kiddies.


Mel said...

Emily L.-
Soy crumbles and Boca/Morningstar Farms? I'll have to run it past the Mr. about the soy crumbles. I'm game, though. But what exactly is Boca & Morningstar? Is that the same as those Boca Burgers?

Emily L said...

Boca is the brand the makes Boca burgers and Morningstar Farms is another brand of vegetarian foods - burgers, "chik" patties, soy corn dogs - quite a lot of products actually. But both have soy crumbles which are made to resemble ground beef. It can get pricey (I suspect) if you were using them for every meal, but since I haven't bought beef in practically forever, I can't compare prices.

But my mom has had some success "slipping in" soy substitute in moderation to cut down on my dad's cholesterol and he's been none the wiser. She doesn't use it exclusively, or in everything, but that's a pretty good recommendation I'd say. :)

We've used the soy crumbles in everything from full-meat lasagna recipes to hamburger helper mix and had no problem. Also works great for taco night, in chili, stuffed peppers, sloppy joes, and well anything else "carnivores" use beef for. :)