Friday, January 27, 2012

Foodie Friday! #6: Vegetarian Dishes

Neither S. nor I are vegetarians, but we only eat meat two or three times a week, because it's cheaper and to me, healthier. S. doesn't mind, either, so there goes the stereotype of "men only eat meat." Not true. I also include eggs on the dinner menu once a week, usually, but I won't include any of those here.

Here are some of the recipes we've had in rotation for a while now. A lot of these are pasta dishes, since that's really easy to incorporate vegetables into, but we also do stir fries, soups, etc. Hopefully you can find something to add to your weekly rotation! I find these recipes for S., but he makes them; typically, I choose simple ones without tons of ingredients. (If you missed my meal planning post, it's here.)

Eggplant Spaghetti, from The Wednesday Chef
I like eggplant, though I know a lot of people find it textually weird and tasteless. This one doesn't involve tomato sauce and it's a nice variation on pasta. Yummy! S. and I both agree it goes in the recipe book (er, document - everything is online). If you like heat like I do, add lots of crushed red pepper!

Three Cheese Orzo and Spinach, from How Sweet it Is
We made this with regular pasta and frozen spinach, and it turned out fine. I'm not a huge fan of cheese, but on pizza and in some pasta, it's okay. If you keep pasta, cheese and frozen vegetables on hand (we keep lots of cheese in the freezer; I'm not a cheese person but S. likes it. We buy cheese in bulk from Costco) this is an easy weeknight meal.

Veggie Burrito Bowls
No real recipe for this one, but it's another easy one if you keep a well-stocked pantry. The basics are canned black beans, rice, salsa; you can throw whatever other vegetables you have on hand into the mix. Sauted onions and peppers, canned corn or other beans, fresh tomatoes, avocado, cilantro are all good options, though you don't need all of those, of course. We often make these with just onions and avocado, beans, rice and salsa. This is a household staple and one of S.'s favorites.

Butternut Squash Pizza, from AllRecipes
This one probably can't come out of the recipe book until squash season again the fall, but it's a nice change from traditional tomato sauce pizza. If you're looking for a good homemade pizza dough recipe, this is S.'s go-to. Or, you could just go with a basic cheese pizza - also a good meatless alternative!
Cheese pizza. S. was experimenting with a chewier, thicker crust than we normally go for. It's nice to have variety sometimes.

Cabbage Soup from Home Cooking Adventure
Cabbage is cheap and always readily available, so this is another good one for rainy, cold days. I like soup. It's perfect with fresh baguettes and a salad or some fruit.

Lemony Kale Soup, from Running With Tweezers
I like leafy greens, and I like soup. Perfect combo! You can go less lemony if you don't want all that citrus up in your soup; it's a good basic recipe. You could just add more garlic and give it a heavier, fuller taste.

Garlic Potato Soup, from Sweet Pea's Kitchen
Served with fresh French bread (or store-bought, nobody will know!) and a crisp side salad, this is a great dinner for a cold winter night. If you have an immersion blender, it's much easier, but S. just used a regular blender (he did it in batches) and it was just fine.

Okay, how's that? See any that you'll be adding to your weekly menu? Do you have any recipes for me?