Meatless Monday: Black Bean Sweet Potato Fritters

Decided to put this week’s Meatless Monday up a little early … maybe it’s a recipe you can shop and plan on making this Monday, hehe. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been trying out some fritter recipes here and … Continue reading

Meatless Monday: Crockpot Experiment #1

I’m a little late adding my Meatless Monday post, but wanted to make sure I got it done lest I start to slip!

This photo comes courtesy of http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/

This photo comes courtesy of http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/

This week’s recipe wasn’t one of my own, but a Pinterest find that I hoped would work … and it did! It was a vegetarian take on the stuffed peppers. It was perfectly satisfying: I always love the chew on wild rice (I used Zatarain’s mix) and the cheesiness was a perfect complement. The blend of spices suggested was perfect. Smoked paprika can be hard to come by (I had to really scour the spice aisle in my grocery store) but I think that if you were to add a little cumin to the blend it would work as well.

To make it vegan, you could easily leave out the cheese and not lose a darn thing. I actually forgot to include the cheese, and sprinkled some over the top about an hour left in the cooking time, and it was all good. Again, though, if it weren’t there, nothing would have been lost in the flavor or texture of this dish.

My kids picked at it, honestly, but I absolutely loved it and am definitely going to make it again. The kids can love the salad and potatoes I served along side it bahahaha!

Here’s the recipe for the smashing vegetarian stuffed peppers that I used this week: http://crockpot365.blogspot.com/2010/10/slow-cooker-vegetarian-stuffed-bell.html

I’ll be working with a few veggie/vegan crockpot recipes I come across so that I can have a few ready-recipes on hand for when school starts back up again. Next week, I’m planning a crockpot falafel recipe that I found on one of my favorite craft/cooking/crocheting blog sites.

If you have any favorite busy school night/crockpot vegetarian/vegan recipes you can share, let me know! So far I have about three recipes in mind that look good, and fit my criteria (no soups, nothing too spicy and somewhat kid-friendly although I’m not always super concerned about that as I’m a big believer in “try what’s on the table and eat what is served that you don’t totally hate”), but am coming up a bit short.

So, any suggestions you all have would be really appreciated. Thanks!!!

Meatless Monday: Fried Green Tomatoes With Lemon-Dill Dressing

In my sister-in-law’s beautiful garden, there are piles of these gem-like green tomatoes waiting to ripen. I always get excited when I see these, because I hope that my brother-in-law will decide to make his fried green tomatoes. Unfortunately, he … Continue reading

Meatless Monday: Taking Advantage of Local Produce

We had another busy Monday — originally it was going to be busy because of another baseball game for the kids, but it got canceled for some pretty heavy rain. Our cellar started to take on some water, so we … Continue reading

Meatless Monday: Fail

Well, it was just one of those days! I never got around to making a dinner tonight, unfortunately. I had a hair appointment that went way longer than expected, and hubby thankfully took care of feeding the kiddos.

Usually on a night like this, in the past, I would have swung by the Wendy’s or Burger King and gladly scarfed down a burger and fries. I’ll be honest, since going vegetarian, there have been moments when I’ve missed this convenience. That being said, I don’t miss the food, and I don’t miss the idea of where the food comes from or what is in it. Part of me loves the idea of a juicy burger … I’ll admit to a slip here and confess that I took a bite out of my son’s burger a few days ago. I actually almost grimaced. Same burger from a local restaurant here whose food I’ve always LOVED, and there was nothing ‘wrong’ with it … it just … well … it’s meat. Didn’t like it.

Remember, I’m the Reluctant Vegetarian. I love meat … or maybe I used to? Not sure, but it was an odd moment for me.

Anyway, so, rather than spin by the fast-food joints, I ran into Target and grabbed the Archer Farms Zen Trail mix and some Pirate’s Booty. I know, they’re snack foods, but they filled my belly and did the job for now.

I think I’m going to need to come up with some quick-fix meals that aren’t hummus sandwiches (which I LOVE but eat all the time) and aren’t the frozen vegetarian patties (which I try to avoid if possible to keep away from the issue of soy overload).

So, no Meatless Monday recipe or meal today. On that front, it’s a fail. On the other, I didn’t cave and have a burger. That’s a win!