Entertaining, Light and Healthier, Menu Planning, Recipes, Veggies and Fruit

Cucumbers with Lemony Dressing

I love salads that don’t actually involve lettuce.  While lettuce is fine, it’s like a talisman to the fact that I’m actually dieting, which irritates me, so I pretend I don’t like it.  I’m always looking for something quick to throw together to make a non-lettuce salad to go with dinner.  I stumbled across this recipe from The Dinner Daily and adjusted it a bit for our tastes.

Whether you use cucumber, pour it on a zucchini noodle salad, pour it on a regular salad, or spoon a bit over blanched or roasted asparagus, this is really fresh and light.  You may be tempted to skip the salt and pepper, but that’s probably the most important part – it brings out the liquid in the veg, and salt counter-balances the sweet from the lemon and sugar.  you could substitute stevia in here if you wanted, easy peasy.

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Recipes, Veggies and Fruit, Weeknight Favorites

Vegetarian Greek Pasta Recipe

We try to do vegetarian meals once a week, some weeks we’re pretty good, some weeks we are not – at all 🙂

I was a bit apprehensive about this one – the flavors from the feta are pretty strong but Hubby really liked it, so that’s a win in my book.  The picky boy is at boyscouts, so I’m going to go out on a limb and think he’s not going to be keen on it, but he’s a big boy and will get over it.

This was a really quick meal to put together and I added some toasted Naan from the freezer – which is always tasty.
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Recipes, Veggies and Fruit, Weeknight Favorites

Vegetarian Potato Curry – Yum!

I am a complete novice when it comes to Indian food.  I make a few dishes with curry powder, and I thought adding curry powder to some stuff would be as “exotic” as it got for me – but I was inspired by a book I read and thought a vegetarian potato curry sounded scrumptious (I have never met a potato I didnt like.)

Trying to cut back on portion sizes and calories, having a vegetarian meal once or twice a week is a good habit to pick up.  I keep the toaster size Naan Bread from Costco in my freezer so adding some rice and a piece of bread rounds out a great meal.  If you want to stretch it – add a can of chickpeas and some frozen peas as well :).

Even more adventurous – I didnt really have a recipe – I sort of smooshed a few different things together.  I hope you like this!

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Odds & Ends, Recipes, Veggies and Fruit, Weeknight Favorites

Odds & Ends: Chicken and Veggie Tortellini Soup

I think we throw away way too many leftovers as a whole.  Society has become such a “throw it away, buy new” entity – and it’s just laziness and lack of imagination that causes it.  When your fridge has a bunch of semi “meh” veggies – make soup.  When you have leftover meat, throw it in the freezer – when you make soup – pull out the odds and ends of chicken – add it in to your soup.  You can do the same with ends and pieces of vegetable as well.

I always have chicken stock in the freezer, so if we clean out the veggie drawer, the odds and ends of chicken, and add in our stock – we have Chicken and Veggie Tortellini Soup.  This one is a bit different than my other Vegetable Tortellini Soup recipe.  This one works really well in the winter, and as a week night dinner.  Just grab a package of refrigerated or frozen tortellini and you’re set.  Use spinach, kale or escarole – or don’t add greens at the end – anything works here!

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For the Freezer, Light and Healthier, Recipes, Veggies and Fruit

V-8 Soup – Easy Vegetable Soup for the Freezer

This soup is one that is super easy to throw together and offers a great way to use up vegetables you might have over stocked on.  You can also supplement with frozen or canned if you feel the need.  Mom likes to add a can of black beans for added fiber and protein – I try to keep it LOW fat and low cal – so adding calories is not my goal.

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Day-2, For the Freezer, Recipes, Veggies and Fruit

Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce

I love the concept of cooking once and making multiple meals out of the results.  Putting a pot of marinara in the slow cooker is a great way to quickly put something tasty together, freeze the leftovers, and having at least 4 meals out of the product.

This is a really easy and tasty marinara sauce.  You could put other veggies in it if you like, it’s all to your taste – just consider this your “starter” or “base” to continue on from.  I thaw some of this and serve it over my Lasagne Roll Ups with Kale, use it to make Skillet Lasagne, add meatballs for spaghetti, or even spread it on a pizza crust to enhance a yummy homemade pizza. Continue reading “Slow Cooker Marinara Sauce”