Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Veggie Minestrone Recipe

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 
3/4 cup chopped onion 
3 cups water 
2 cups diced zucchini 
1 cup diced carrot, peeled
 1 cup canned cannellini beans 
3/4 cup diced celery
 1 teaspoon dried basil or 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil 
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano 
1/4 teaspoon salt 
1/8 teaspoon fresh coarse ground black pepper 
28 fluid ounces canned plum tomatoes, dice and include liquid
 2 garlic cloves, minced 
1/4 cup uncooked ditalini or 1/4 cup elbow macaroni

 Directions: 1 Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. 2 Add chopped onion and sauté for 4 minutes or until just lightly browned. 3 Add water, zucchini, carrots, canellini beans, celery, basil, oregano salt, pepper, canned tomatoes and garlic. 4 Bring to boil; reduce heat, cover and simmer on medium-low heat for 25 minutes, stirring occasionally. 5 Add macaroni, cover and cook an additional 10 minutes. 6 Adjust spices to suit your taste. 7 Serve hot.

***This was excellent!  We actually ate it all before I remembered to take pics! LOL  Served with warm french bread from the bakery!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Meal Plan: July 10th-14th (short week!)

Tuesday:  Snobby Joes, Corn, Tater Tots, Pickles, Tomatoes
Wednesday:  Mushroom Pasta Bake, Salad, Corn
Thursday:  Minestrone Soup, Wheat Rolls, Salad
Friday:  Grilled Salmon, Steamed Veggies(broc,cauliflower,carrots,red potatoes)Mac n  
              cheeze (salmon is VERY small, wild-caught portion...trying out my new cajun
              seasoning.  Kyle will be skipping the fish)
Saturday:  Red beans and Rice (no sausage), Cornbread

Lunches will be is too hot to cook, and i'm still easing into the "not sick anymore" phase :)

Snobby Joes (from Veganomicon)

After many food discussions with my good friend Hollee, she introduced me to this recipe.  Her husband and my husband are both meat free for health reasons.  This was one recipe she promised would go over well :)  And she was right!  I have always said "ew" to Sloppy Joe know, the normal kind with a pound of fat laden ground beef and a can of "seasoned sauce".  Yeah-ew!

This recipe, in my opinion, was not even comparable!!  It was a great, homemade low-fat vegan dish that now has a place in my recipe card recipebook! :)  It was super easy, and took about 30 minutes to prep/cook.  Served with typical bbq type sides, and you have an easy summer meal.  We had corn, pickle spears, cherry tomatoes, and (organic, baked) tater tots!

Snobby Joes Ingredients:
1 cup uncooked green lentils
4 cups water
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 medium yellow onion, diced small
1 green pepper, diced small
2 cloves garlic, minced
3 Tablespoons chili powder
2 teaspoons oregano
1 teaspoon salt
8 oz can tomato sauce
1/4 cup tomato paste
3 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon yellow mustard

4-6 whole wheat buns for serving
Condiments for topping (mustard, relish, KETCHUP!, etc)


Put the lentils in a small sauce pot and pour in 4 cups water. Cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, lower heat and simmer for about 20 minutes, until lentils are soft. Drain and set aside.
About 10 minutes before the lentils are done boiling, preheat a medium soup pot over medium heat. Saute the onion and pepper in the oil for about 7 minutes, until softened. Add the garlic and saute a minute more.  Add the cooked lentils, the chili powder, oregano and salt and mix. Add the tomato sauce and tomato paste. Cook for about 10 minutes.
Add the maple syrup and mustard and heat through.Turn the heat off and let sit for about 10 minutes, so that the flavors can meld. 
This recipe can also be frozen/microwaved, and from what I have heard, gets better each day!  Like I said, definitely a keeper!  I spooned the snobby joe mix on my bun, then topped with a thick layer of organic ketchup.  This gave it a tad more sweetness, and a lot of extra flavor!  

Summer Snack: Peanut Butter and Berry Rice Cakes

Finally started reaching for this quick snack instead of a Pop Tart :P  Very easy and filling!  Kids also LOVE them...

All you need:
Rice cakes (I used a low sodium store brand)
Natural peanut butter (2T or so)
Berries-lots of fresh summer berries.  Blackberries were a hit today, but a friend of mine used blueberries too..

I'm Back! (for real this time...)

Ok-so morning sickness totally kicked my butt!  I went from plant strong to not being able to stand the smell or sight of beans/peppers/herbs/rice.  Yeah, not great while you are trying to veganize your life!  :)

So-6 weeks of eating what "sounds good" have finally ended.  I am still a little queasy here and there, but I'm actually starting to crave something other than Poptarts,  and plain chicken.  I did splurge on a Mommy's Weekend Out to New Orleans, where I ate local seafood.  It was AMAZING, but now it's time to buckle down.  A splurge is just that:  something occasional :)

This was the first week that i've been able to sit down and meal plan.  It's hard to do when  NOTHING sounds appetizing!  So-that will be up shortly, along with a few other additions to our meal and snack list!

Monday, June 11, 2012

We Are Here!

Between vacation and morning sickness, I haven't been feeling very creative in the kitchen!  Will be updating soon with a couple soup recipes!  I love soups in warm or cool weather.  In winter, they are great with roasted veggies and crusty, homemade bread.  In summer, they are perfect paired with a gigantic salad and fruit! Plus-you don't have to heat the whole house! :)

Monday, May 28, 2012

Black Bean Extravaganza


2 cans no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained 
1 to 1 1/2 cups water or reduced-sodium vegetable broth 
1 tablespoon liquid aminos 
1 teaspoon salt-free chili powder 
2 to 3 tomatoes, chopped 
1 bunch green onions, chopped 
1 can water chestnuts, drained (We didn't use water chesnuts...not a fan!)
1 cup corn, fresh, frozen, or canned 
2 bell peppers, any color, seeded and chopped (We used red...)
1 bunch cilantro, rinsed and chopped 
1 avocado, peeled and sliced 
3 cups cooked brown rice 
Salsa or tamari to taste 


Heat the beans with water or broth, liquid aminos and chili powder. Place the chopped vegetables and cilantro in individual bowls. To serve, place several big spoonfuls of brown rice onto large plates and ladle beans on top. Add generous handfuls of chopped vegetables, cilantro, and avocado on top of the beans. Add salsa or tamari to taste.