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CD13625722 SparkPoints: (546)
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2/6/13 12:59 P

Avocado and tomato on toast! Don't forget to salt and pepper. Avocado is good with cottage cheese as well.

STARRPOWER1 SparkPoints: (4,944)
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2/5/13 10:43 P

I fix a smoothie with 6 oz almond milk, 2 T yogurt, 6 Fresh strawberries, 1/2 banana, spinach, 1 T flax or Chia seeds and water. This is a very filling breakfast.

CRAZYICEE SparkPoints: (3,516)
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2/4/13 9:33 P

try quesidillas or burritos! you can fill them up with tons of veggies and beans and such for yourself, and meat for your family if you want.

RIET69 SparkPoints: (0)
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1/17/13 2:27 P

I made minestrone soup last night, no meat. I make almost any soup with no meat including pea soup. I always, however, add leeks. It gives a great flavor. I also never use broth, always start with plain water. The veggies make it taste very good.

SPKRAUSE Posts: 543
1/16/13 11:28 A

Thanks, DEIDRE522, for the black bean enchilada idea ... my SO is vegan and loves Mexican / TexMex / etc. They look delicious.

Also, on the meatless meals ... anything with tempeh! So tasty (nutty, a little chewy, great with various marinades and seasonings). Also, stuffed peppers or rolled cabbage leaves ... just fill with something that combines veggies, a grain, and a legume for rather complete and tasty nutrition.

COTTERR SparkPoints: (12,102)
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1/8/13 10:02 P

I love this. recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-detail.asp?

I also like adding in mashed butternut squash.

LIBBYL1 Posts: 5,933
1/4/13 11:39 P

We are vegetarian - but the two meals that meat lovers also ask us to make are
a veg lasagne - no white sauce, but lots of ricotta and parmesan in the layers instead - and a tomato sauce. Usually use as the vegetables steamed spinach and butternut. Once have all ingredients assembled layer - tomato sauce, lasagne, ricotta and parmesan, veggies, tomato sauce, lasagne etc ending up with lasagne, tomato sauce and parmesan with a bit of mozzarella cheese

The other quick and easy one is frittata with whatever you have in it and adding some feta for taste. Lots of ricotta is also great in a frittata

SLOVE2DANCE2381 Posts: 9
1/3/13 1:00 P

This is an easy, healthy brunch/breakfast meal

1/2 100% whole wheat Sandwhich thin, toasted
1 hard boiled egg, sliced (I hard boil the egg in the microwave, taking it out of the shell, putting it in a small custard cut and pricking the yolk)
1/2 oz., low fat shredded cheese (cheddar, mozzerella,etc.)
1/2 C meatless spaghetti sauce (I spice it up with more garlic and oregano)

Toast the sandwhich thin, top with the sliced hard boiled egg, top that with the cheese and pour hot spaghetti sauce over it all to melt the cheese. I sometimes put it all in the microwave to heat the egg if I hard boiled it earlier. About 280 calories. My honey loves bacon so we always have Hormel's precooked real bacon bits on hand and he adds 1 tbl of those before the cheese. Adds about another 15-20 calories.

DEEJON123 SparkPoints: (0)
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10/13/12 11:45 P

Spaghetti & Tomato Sauce, chopped onions, celery, green/red peppers, garlic, grated carrots, and whatever other veggies are around to chop & add

SUMMAFIED SparkPoints: (0)
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7/7/12 11:27 P

Sounds good, i plan on trying it!!

DEIDRE522 SparkPoints: (0)
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7/7/12 10:58 A

I recently tried with and it was a huge hit with my family.


CHICKYWANNA SparkPoints: (0)
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6/30/12 1:57 P

Thanks sunshine for the recipes.... emoticon And the water melon cools you off.....

aprilisis could you send me the link ? emoticon

Edited by: CHICKYWANNA at: 6/30/2012 (14:01)
CD12264068 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/30/12 12:30 P

The Morning Star crumbles are great. I use them in taco's and burritos often. I make polenta and cover it with sautéed zucchini and tomatoes, bean burritos and sloppy lentils quite often as well.

APRILISIS SparkPoints: (8)
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6/30/12 11:35 A

This takes a while to make, but it is SO worth it! Watermelon gazpacho (I omit the oil):

5 cups diced watermelon
2 cups diced onion
2 diced & peeled cucumbers (remove seeds)
2 small jalapeño peppers, diced / minced
2 Tbsp. diced garlic
1 Tbsp. olive oil (optional)
3 Tbsp. minced cilantro
3 cups orange juice
2 to 3 Tbsp. lime juice
salt & pepper to taste

Put 3 cups of watermelon and 2 cups of orange juice in blender for a few seconds (I usually put about half the onions in too), then mix with rest of soup ingredients in a large bowl or pan, then chill.

I have a blog that I post recipes to as I try them, too, & I can send you the link if you'd like.

SUNSHINE6442 Posts: 3,295
6/28/12 12:16 P


1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small chopped onion
4 ribs chopped celery
2 large chopped carrots
1 small chopped green bell pepper1 clove garlic, minced
1 (14.5 ounce) can diced tomatoes UNDRAINED
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 (15 ounce) can kidney beans, DRAINED & RINSED

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, celery, carrot, green pepper, and garlic: saute until tender

Stir in tomatoes, chili powder, ketchup, vinegar, and pepper.

Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes.

Stir in kidney beans, and cook an additional 5 minutes. Serve ontop 1/2 cup of brown rice.

Kidney Bean Salad
1 can of kidney beans, drained
1 Tablespoon of Relish
1 1/2 Teaspoons of grated onion
2 Tbs. of mayonaise
Dash of salt and pepper

Mix all together and chill a few hours. Stir before serving. When ready to serve cut a tomato open like a flower and put kidney bean mixture ontop or just serve alone as a side.

1 pound asparagus, woody stem ends removed
1/2 pound pink salad shrimp, cooked, shelled

Asparagus Salad
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove, minced (1/2 teaspoon to 1 1/2 teaspoons, depending on how much you like fresh garlic)
1 Tbsp lemon juice (more to taste)
1 Tbsp minced fresh parsley
Salt and black pepper to taste

1 Bring a medium pot of water to a boil and salt it well. Add the asparagus to the boiling water and boil for 3 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove the asparagus to a bowl to cool. Add the shrimp to the pot of boiling water. If they are pre-cooked, remove after 30 seconds—this is just to warm them. If the shrimp are uncooked, boil them for 2-3 minutes, until cooked through. Remove the shrimp and add them to a large bowl.

Chickpea & Tomato Salad

Toss together 1 can of drained chickpeas with 3 cups of freshly chpped tomatoes.
1/4 cup of fresh dill, and 1/4 cup of fresh basil both chopped
2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil and 1 clove of minced garlic
Let stand 15 minutes, then season with a sprinkle of sea salt optional and some pepper.
Chill Makes 4 servings.

Have A Craving For Lasagna?
Instead of using noodles, use eggplant slices. You can par boil them for a minute remove and start to layer. Ricotta cheese is low fat, has omega 3's for your brain and heart, calcium and protein. Add green bell pepper, chopped onion, and olives as you layer with some ricotta, parm, and tomato sauce. Yummy!

KDRIS73 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/18/12 10:38 P

Being a meat LOVER I find it hard to have a meal without it... however my wife doesn't like meat all the time and has got me eating healthier. Check out Morning Star Meal Starters Grillers, Soy Meat Crumbles. I call it squeaky meat. It's the closest thing I have tasted to ground beef/hamburger. Put it in with your spaghetti sauce/chili/whatever. Flavorful and... squeaky when you bite it sometimes!

CD12561383 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/18/12 1:11 P

I make singapore style noodle "stir fry" and a general tso's tofu, both are oh so good!

DEEJON123 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/18/12 12:55 P

Vegetable chili, add lots of beans, several types too (kidney, white, chickpeas, black beans, whatever) .... it's very good with just a piece of toast & cheese a glass of milk.
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Edited by: DEEJON123 at: 6/18/2012 (12:55)
SUNRISE14 Posts: 5,216
6/13/12 10:48 A

I like eggs homefries and toast !

GDANE3 SparkPoints: (334,307)
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6/13/12 10:14 A

Haitian beans and rice

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6/13/12 8:13 A

I use a quorn-like subsitute from my supermarket. The little one (she is 5) loves the "chicken" style one because she thinks it is actually chicken. Plus if I make a chilli I'll use "quorn" mince and extra beans and serve over jacket potatoes with optional cheese and salad. That one ususally goes down best - after all it is the beans that normally make the chilli so good!

The other thing you could try is to do a "make your own" tea. This is especially good if you have children. What we normally do is chop up salad, grate some cheese, lay out some beans and other fillingsand then I make a tray of Slimming World recipe chips. We will either get some wholemeal bread and make sandwiches, or the best is wholemeal wraps and then just fill our wraps and plates with whatever goodies we fancy. The little one loves it because she can help with the chopping up of the salad (with supervision) and grate the cheese and then she gets to make her own tea.

The other thing we have are "Calzone" pizzas. We get wholemeal wraps and spread them with passata or tomato puree, then cover half with cheese and any veggie toppings (my favourite is mushrooms, red onion, sweetcorn and red peppers) fold them in half and stick in the oven for about 10-15 minutes - just enough so that the cheese is melted and the veggies are done and eat.

We aren't vegetarians but these are just a few things we like to have at home.

RIET69 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/11/12 1:44 P

Here is another favorite. You can substitute any vegetable you like.

Recipe for Fettuccini with Spinach

1. Put diced onions in wok and let brown
2. add half a cup of water for moisture to wok
3. add one cup milk
4. add one cup sour cream
5. stir lightly until a thickened sauce forms, add more sour cream if needed
6. add spinach and cover wok. Let it simmer until spinach is wilted
7. add cooked fettuccini and combine gently
8. I added a little salt and black pepper to it at this point. Some feta cheese is good too.
let it all heat through and dinner is done

RIET69 SparkPoints: (0)
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6/11/12 1:36 P

Spinach Enchiladas

1 cup sour cream
2 cups picante sauce (I used Pace)
4 tsp. chili powder
8 -10 wheat wraps (the smaller size)
2 cups shredded Monterrey Jack cheese
1 tomato, diced small
2 green onions, diced small
1 bag baby spinach lightly cooked, drained well (or use package frozen spinach, drained well)
In a bowl, mix sour cream, chili powder, picante sauce and cheese
Divide the cheese mixture among 12 tortillas by putting it in a line down the center of each.
Add cooked spinach
Roll up the tortillas and place them in a baking dish.
Add the rest of the sour cream mixture over the top.
Cover with aluminum foil and bake at 350 for 40 minutes, until bubbly hot
Take out of the oven and take off the covers.
Sprinkle with diced tomatoes and onions.

KAPELAKIN Posts: 1,984
5/26/12 12:40 A

We are also eating less meat, and what I've been enjoying the most is Indian food. It takes a bit of investment and learning on the spices because they're quite different, but it's worth it. One of my favorite dinners is daal with toasted flatbreads and a vegetable side - usually either stewed tomatoes or palak paneer (pureed spicy spinach with paneer, a non-melting cheese (you can sub Mexican panela cheese, which is easier to find)). The other Indian style side i make frequently is roasted cauliflower with curry powder. Other dinners that have been hits:

Cauliflower cake (Google "Smitten Kitchen Cauliflower Cake), which I've also riffed on by using broccoli and cheddar instead of cauliflower and parm
Spanish tortilla
Black bean enchiladas
Stuffed eggplant or stuffed peppers (hint: microwave eggplants for 6 minutes)
Orange-ginger baked tofu (google Post Punk Kitchen, the recipe is there)
A really hearty miso soup with tofu, soba noodles, mushrooms, spinach and green onions
For summer, salad of red potatoes, eggs and green beans
Ratatouille with white beans
Vegetarian pizza
Veggie lasagne

DROPCONE Posts: 1,592
5/23/12 3:53 P

Rice & beans! Depending on what type of bean you use and what other vegetables you put with it, it can pretty much have any flavor profile you want. My fave is a mexican-style with black beans. You can cook the beans with tomatoes, chili powder, onion, green pepper; then use as fillings for tortillas. You can also mix the rice in there or have it as a separate side dish. If you mix the rice with the beans it can end up as a chili with a sort of hearty, meat-like texture. Very filling.

I have also had success using white beans with pasta & a marinara sauce. My family doesn't mind meatless spaghetti anyway. The white beans make it somewhat heartier.

BARBAKOAR Posts: 328
5/23/12 6:03 A

we also started cutting down on meat recently, alowwing meat only twice a week. These are things we cook

Roasted Vegetable Lasagne ( a fave )
Pumpkin curry or any veg curry for that matter with rice green bean salad
Big flat mushroom topped as a pizza with oven baked garlic and rosemary potato wedges
Any fish cooked various ways with salad and baked potatoes
Tuna rice salad

SNOOPY1960 Posts: 1,687
5/22/12 12:41 A

Make omelets ! That way everyone can have the fillings they want.
Serve with whole wheat toast or english muffins.

Another night could be Pasta Primavera !

1 box penne pasta
1 yellow squash, chopped
1 zucchini, chopped
1 carrot, julienned
1/2 red bell pepper, julienned
1/2 pint grape tomatoes
1 cup fresh green beans, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
5 spears asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
1/4 cup olive oil, divided
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoon lemon juice
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 large yellow onion, thinly sliced
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 teaspoons lemon zest
1/3 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
1/3 cup chopped fresh parsley
3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup grated Romano cheese

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F . Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add penne pasta and cook for 10 to 12 minutes or until al dente; drain.

In a bowl, toss squash, zucchini, carrot, red bell pepper, tomatoes, green beans, and asparagus with 2 tablespoons olive oil, salt, pepper, lemon juice, and Italian seasoning.

Arrange vegetables on the baking sheet, and roast 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until tender.

Heat remaining olive oil and butter in a large skillet. Stir in the onion and garlic, and cook until tender.

Mix in cooked pasta, lemon zest, basil, parsley, and balsamic vinegar. Gently toss and cook until heated through

Remove from heat and transfer to a large bowl. Toss with roasted vegetables and sprinkle with Romano cheese

MRSJOCCO SparkPoints: (172)
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5/22/12 12:03 A

Spaghetti squash (or spaghetti) with marinara sauce and Parmesan cheese.

Maybe if you make items more familiar to them they won't balk as much. emoticon

5/21/12 4:00 P

I just made a delicious gazpacho--

Coarsely chop: 2 lbs tomatoes, 1 red bell pepper, 1 small red onion, 1 english cucumber, 2 cloves garlic, & handful cilantro. Puree in food processor with 1/4 each olive oil and red wine vinegar. Add 6 tsp. ground black pepper and 4 tsp. salt.

You could serve with toast or a salad... its great!

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5/21/12 3:12 P

I'm not vegertarian and would like to make 2-3 meatless meals a week for my family, no stir frys please, my family said they refuse to eat another one..

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