While looking for something different to do with broccoli this Thanksgiving, I came across this recipe from Mario Batali. The original recipe uses lemon AND orange zest. Because I am not a big fan of "orange" flavors in recipes, I decided to try this with just the lemon.
Once again, I am responsible for all the veggie dishes for our Thanksgiving dinner this year. I was hoping to try a couple of NEW dishes this year, and this one caught my eye. I found this in the new issue of Kraft Food and Family magazine
This is a great meatless substitute for the seasoned ground beef you find in many Mexican recipes. I find I've been making this recipe WITH the addition of black beans more and more. I use this over nachos, or as a filling for tacos, burritos, or enchiladas. Because of the wonderful spices in the mixture, I find that alot of my favorite "meat-eaters" really don't miss the ground beef at all!! ; >
I often use vegetarian crumbles as a replacement for recipes that call for ground beef. This is my attempt to mimic the meat sauce my mother's mother would make for her lasagna and ziti. This tomato sauce is really easy to put together, and can be used with ANY pasta. (I just happen to have a weakness for cheese ravioli!)
Simple, quick and CHEAP... as a child, this was a weekly meal in our house. Due to the fact that we were totally BROKE this week, I decided to dig up an old favorite...lol. There IS no real recipe for this, however, I tried my best to type something concrete. Tasted just like mom used to make! Some things never change...
If you're looking to save a little on the calories and fat, this dip is perfect. I made this for me and my gal for our "movie night". Since this particular recipe didn't have the full amounts of mayonnaise and cheese as most recipes, we didn't feel so bad eating almost half of it.
I decided to put the last of the wonderful Roma tomatoes from our garden to good use. This was a totally impromptu vegetarian pasta dish, thrown together from the ingredients I happened to have on hand last night
I adapted this recipe from one I found in Gourmet Magazine grilling issue. I added a bit more brown sugar to the sauce to take some of the bite out of the Worcestershire. The original recipe called for the shrimp to be broiled in their shells. Today happened to be in the high 90's, so I decided to cook these, peeled, in the sauce over the stove...ANYTHING to not have to turn the broiler on!! I think they turned out great. Next time I think I will definitely try these on the grill.
I wanted to make my father a nice dessert for Father's Day this year. My father loves home made cakes and fresh fruit, my girlfriend LOVES strawberries, and my mom, (whose lost over 75 pounds!) can't have high calorie/fat desserts. This was my attempt to make something to that everyone could enjoy! I adapted this from Kraft Food and Family magazine to make it a bit more figure friendly.
Delicious and simple, make-ahead vegetarian meal. This was made for our Father's Day dinner this year. My father LOVES stuffed peppers, so my mother made this meatless version so I could eat them too! Cook time depends on the heat level setting of your crock pot.
This recipe was inspired by a dish I received in my "Meatless Monday" weekly emails. I changed it around ALOT by adding a few more interesting spices and served it over basmati rice simmered with turmeric. I often make Indian curries using chickpeas, but this recipe added a couple tsp of peanut butter, which I thought sounded really interesting. Please adjust the heat according to your tastes. One small red chili can be substituted for the red chili powder (please note the red chili powder is like cayenne pepper, not the spice blend for making Mexican chilli!)
This is a quick meal I make sometimes after work, when it's just me. Nothing fancy or gormet, just plain comfort food. I sometimes stir in a handful of grated cheddar or italian blend cheese at the end to give it a little extra cheesiness!
This was one of the most amazing sangria recipes I've ever had. We made this for Lauren's Mexican themed birthday party, and it was a HUGE hit. This is adapted from Michael Chiarello's recipe. Kumquats and blood oranges are sometimes not that easy to find. We substituted lemon, limes and an extra orange, and it worked out perfectly. Please be sure to mix the wine/liquor and fruit ahead of time to allow at LEAST one hour for it to sit together. The full recipe listed here makes quite a large batch. I mixed the liquor and sugar in a large pitcher, but served the sangria in my grandmothers glass punchbowl.
This sauce is so easy to prepare, and it used low fat and no fat ingredients. The roasted red peppers blended into the sauce give it a lovely pale pinkish color. I had a bag of frozen cheese ravioli in the freezer, and was looking for something other than a red sauce to serve it with. The original recipe, I believe, used fat free cream cheese, but I opted for low-fat instead. If you like to use no-fat cream cheese, please let me know how it turns out.
I found this recipe in a local town newspaper. After having an amazing appetizer with brie at a restaurant last weekend. We thought we'd give this a shot at home. It came out amazing. the sweetness of the figs and wine coupled with the creamy brie and crusty bread was to die for!
This is really quick and SIMPLE "make ahead" dish for a holiday meal. The stuffing gives it a nice crunch on the top. Even though we used the "less fat" directions to make this dish, I think it was still full of great flavor. I also chose to use a "roasted garlic" flavor of stuffing mix, since that was the only one that did not contain chicken or turkey flavorings.