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1,307 11/1/11 7:24 A
Vegetarian Lasagne If you get the veggie crumbles you can make tacos or spaghetti Make your own pizza with whole grain crust,veggies,cheese Omeletes packed with veggies/cheese,whole grain toast,fruit or other sides
I like to cook tofu in Chinese 5-spice powder, or curry, and have that with stirfried veggies and some brown rice. Leftover rice can be tossied with small veggies (diced carrot, onion and celery, green peas) and a coup.e eggs scrambled in for a lunch the next day.
The trick with tofu is that you need to take it out of the package and put it between two plates (I find that a salad plat is the right size), with the top plate upside down on the tofu, then put a weight, like a large can of tomatoes, on top of the plate. This will squeeze the extra moisture out of the tofu so that it will absorb the liquid you marinate it in, or fry better if you want it more crispy. For the 5-spice tofu, I cut it in about 1/2" chunks after squeezing the water out, then toss it with 5-spice, corn starch, tumeric (optional) and some salt, then stirfrying on medium high with some grapeseed oil in the wok.
Tofu can also be marinated and baked or grilled.
Vegetarian chili is usually just beans and tomatoes instead of the meat, then you can add some other veggies and chilies depending on what you like. You could also add TVP (textured vegetable protein) if you want it to be more like a meat chili in consistency.
Egg based dishes can also be a good and inexpensive stand in for meat. Sometimes DH and I will have a veggie omlette for dinner, or I'll make a crustless quiche or cake. If you google "cauliflower cake" you'll find a great recipe base, though I like to make it with cheddar cheese and broccoli instead of cauliflower and parmesan.
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1,879 10/31/11 3:18 P
thanx so much. i appreciate it.
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I only eat meat a couple times a week and eat a lot of beans, mostly canned. For example, instead of meat or chicken in a pasta dish, I'll put in white beans for protein (or I use "fake meat" which is soy crumbles). Black beans in burritos/tacos/quesadillas instead of meat. Big salad with chopped nuts and chickpeas. Tofu in an Asian stirfry with teriyaki sauce. That sort of thing.
Veggie chili is a great and easy option. Make it on the weekend and keep it in the fridge for dinners or lunches throughout the week. The prep is easy, but the cooking takes a while. I dump in 2-3 cans of different types of beans, a can of diced tomatoes with their juices, and a jar of salsa. I also chop an onion, green pepper, and zucchinis (or whatever veggies I have on hand). You could also put in a can of corn. Put it all in a pot with chili powder, oregano, and a few other spices (google chili spices) and voila! Heat to a boil, then cover and simmer for at least an hour. You could also make it in a slow cooker. The longer you cook it, the better it tastes. Low cal, high protein, delicious and easy.
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Lentils would be at the top of my list, too, especially since some of your other threads suggest that you're working with a tight budget. If you look around, you can get lentils for 99 cents a pound or even a little less, and that's 8-10 adult servings. They're also the quickest-cooking legume; you can make lentil soup in about 30-45 minutes.
If you've got a crockpot, any dried bean becomes easy. Throw together whatever odds and ends of dried beans and veggies you have around, let them cook overnight, and then add canned tomatoes and spices for chili, and let it cook a few more hours to blend. "Refried" beans are easy in the crockpot, too. Just cook pinto beans ($1.50 for 2 pounds) with water until they're super-soft, then sautee onions and maybe garlic and stir the beans in and mash them to the consistency you like. Cook on the stovetop in the skillet until they're the thickness you like. Serve with a little cheese in corn tortillas, and kids will probably be nuts about them.
If you don't have a crock pot, it's probably a worthwhile investment. If you look around, you can usually find one for under $20 new, or just ask all your aunties or the ladies at church or the other moms in the PTA if somebody has one sitting around that they don't use. That's one of the things that people seem to end up with extras-- at last count, my mom had six!
I just tried the Rustic Tomato Lentil Soup recipe here on Spark this week-- it was really good and easy, doesn't take a lot of ingredients.
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1,879 10/30/11 6:40 P
I have been thinking of making a couple of meatless meals a week lately. any ideas of tasty mealtess meals. I am UTTERLY clueless in this arena. this is more my kid z and hubby, not me cuz my brain doesn't work right without animal protein. i get raging headaches.
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