Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Going Veggie


So my man and I are going meat-less for a month. And by that I mean, we're not going to eat any meat. For 30 days. We're not doing this for any political reasons, and I'm not even sure it's entirely for health reasons, it's just something we want to try. While I know I run the risk of renewing my status as the family *tree hugger, I just thought I'd put it out there and see if anyone has any favorite vegetarian recipes they'd like to share. Thanks.

*Many of you who know me may be thinking You? A tree hugger? But in my family the mere mention of recycling or even Hey don't run over that cat, makes you a tree huggin' animal savin' liberal lovin' hippie.

15 comments:

  1. I hear you Amy...I get called a tree hugger on a weekly basis because I remind your bro. to recycle, I have a garden, I don't like driving the SUV unless we have to because it's such a gas hog, and a few other eco-friendly things. I have a good meatless recipe that even Brandon likes so you know it must be good! I'll email it to you.

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  2. Perfect--send it my way! And I knew you would understand what I was talking about. Basically by "family" I meant my brother. :)

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  3. your eggplant parmessan was AWESOME!

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  4. Hey Amy -
    Doubt you remember me, but we were coworkers at ah-ha, back in the day. I was super jealous of you because you were Christian Bell's buddy, and I was in love with him a little bit. Good times at ah-ha.com.
    Anyway, I love your blog and I love this post! I've been a veg for most of this year, and I love it. Even if you aren't hooked for life, good thing to try for a month!
    My favorite veg recipe so far is to make my best lasagna with zucchini and mushrooms in place of the ground beef. My carnivorous husband can barely tell the difference! If you don't have a good lasagna recipe I'll be glad to send you mine - it's Lion House and really good.
    Best of luck!

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  5. amy, i make a lot of stir fry dishes with red cabbage, red and yellow peppers, cashews, yams, and broccoli. just get a yummy stir fry sauce at the store. the cashews are good for protein and you can add tofu for even more. i like to use coconut oil to cook the veggies in before adding the sauce. or make your own with ginger, dark brown sugar and rice vinegar.

    desserts are vegetarian, too.

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  6. I think homemade pizza is a delicious, meat-free meal. I get whole-wheat dough from Trader Joes and throw on marinara sauce, mozzarella, spinach, mushrooms, olives, broccoli, pineapple or whatever. Yum.

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  7. Tofu in stirfry kept me alive when I was a vegetarian. The tofu lacks flavor, but the stir fry sauces spice it up nicely.

    I just made Rachael Ray's double eggplant ziti bake. I put the slices of eggplant in the ziti bake--hated cutting it. I loved the eggplant tomato sauce though. Roast or bake an eggplant (cut it into pieces first)--chop that up in a food processor. Add in fresh tomatoes or canned crushed tomatoes (one large can). Add some spices (garlic, rosemary, basil, oregano, parsley) and then warm. Yumm-O!

    Quiche is also delicious. We do traditional cheese, and a Mexican style quiche with salsa, broken up tortilla chips, and lots of cheese and green chilis in it.

    Good luck with it!

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  8. Wow. This is truly dizzying. Well, as a meat-a-tarian, I would like to be the first to extend the hand of friendship and say, "It's cool that we eat different things. We can still sit at the school lunch table together." I'd also like to head the committee on Friendly Vegetarian/Meatatarian Relations. I don't know what that would involve and actually I don't want to do any real work, but I'd like to get the credit for any work that's done.

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  9. Leo--Thanks!

    Christy--Yes I remember you and the lasagna is a good option. I almost forgot about that. Thanks.

    Care and Allison--Check and check. We have done both of those and they are delish. Thanks. Now you have to send me more recommendations. 2 each. Thank you and good luck.

    Jaime--The Eggplant stuff sounds intriguing. . . can I find this on the Food Network website?

    Andrea--You have been officially delegated Head of the Friendly Vegetarian/Meatatarian Relations Committee. You deserve it, you've worked hard.

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  10. Tostada pizza by Danny Lassen

    1) Make some black beans (soak over night, cook in a crock pot with onion, garlic and salt)
    2) Blend black beans into a paste
    3) Pick up some pizza dough from a reputable pizza place or make it
    4) Bake pizza dough on 400
    5) A few minutes before it turns golden brown spread the black bean paste like pizza sauce over the dough
    6) Add cheese (cheddar, mozarella)
    7) Finish baking
    8) Add shredded lettuce and diced tomato
    9) Add creamy tomatillo dressing (see recipe below)

    Follow these steps, and you will have something edible.

    Creamy tomatillo

    1) Buy ranch packet and follow directions (e.g., buttermilk and mayo goes in it)
    2) Add two tomatillos
    3) Add a clove or two of garlic
    4) Add some cilantro to taste
    5) Add some fresh jalapeno to taste
    6) Blend it all together

    Good luck (my wishing you luck in no way condones your experiment; I'm just being nice :^) )

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  11. And then B can write a post convincing carnivorous husbands that veggie is alright. My husband loves vegetables, in fact he loves everything, but he REALLY love meat. Not me.

    I declare that you make Taco salad without meat. I guess similar to the above recipe, but a bigger salad with chopped romaine and peppers and tomatoes and fresh corn sliced off the cob and olives and cilantro.

    A couple kinds of beans - kidney and pinto maybe, or black. Those should be warmed. Pepperjack cheese. Crushed tortilla chips, sour cream, fresh pico.

    You could do quesadillas with it too.

    Dear me, I need to stop.

    Also, Taco soup without meat - I make that all the time. Do you know that recipe?

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  12. cuisinenie.blogpost.com

    If you don't already read it, it is about a mom who shares her veg recipes (she cooks veg for her whole family, kids and all.)

    her reg blog is nieniedialougues.blogspot.com

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  13. http://www.cuisinenie.blogspot.com/

    woops, sorry

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  14. Amy, I have the perfect recipe. It's the best thing we've ever made - thanks to Giada De Laurentiis. Rigatoni with Vegetable Bolognese. I'll send it to you.

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  15. heatheranna3:44 PM

    If you decide to keep cooking vegetarian, just because veggies are delicious and vegetarian recipes are heavy on flavor then you should consider investing in The Moosewood Cookbook by: Molly Katzen. Everything I have made out of that is delicious! Really, really delicious. I have some recipes typed up, so let me know if you're interested and I can email them.

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