We try – and sometimes succeed – to make Monday a meatless Monday when dinner time rolls around. When I described this meal to my kids they wrinkled their noses – but – they liked it! you could add in veggies if you like – I kept it simple for the first try.
I roasted my red peppers on my new pellet grill. They don’t “char” like they do on gas, but they sort of melt into this roast-y gorgeous deep red/brown color that peels wonderfully and tastes amazing. Once they’re suitably cooked down on the grill and squished, put them in a sealed bowl (cover with plastic wrap) for about 20 minutes – the skin just slides right off. Cut off the tops and take out the seeds and voila – roasted red peppers. If you use your grill and they get black, it’s okay – that works too!
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.
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.
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!
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!
Woman Holding Basket of Vegetables
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.