This week Caitlin the vegetarian will be sharing some of her favorite recipes, most of which go to prove that vegetarians are not necessarily healthier than carnivores.
First there is a Quinoa, Cheddar and Zucchini Bake that is designed to give you all of the health benefits of quinoa while hiding the texture from picky kids. This casserole is fantastic for get-togethers.
- 2 cups cooked quinoa (about 3/4 cup uncooked)
- 3 eggs
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 cup shredded zucchini
- 1 cup shredded cheddar (smoked is my favorite!)
- 1/3 cup chopped herbs (basil, thyme, chives, oregano, whatever is on hand)
- 1/4 cup minced onion
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper (or more, to taste)
- 2-3 tablespoons grated asiago or parmesan cheese
Next, okra is finally in season! They look small, tender, and delicious. There are any number of great recipes out there for okra, including pickled okra. But my absolute favorite way to eat this veggie is Fried! It isn’t healthy, but okra always makes me wish my mom lived closer so she could make me this great southern dish just the way she used to do.
- 1 lb small okra pods, cut into rounds
- 1/2 cup (more or less) cooking oil
- 3/4 cup of all purpose cornmeal
- 1/4 cup of all purpose flour
- kosher salt, freshly ground black pepper and cajun seasoning (optional) to taste
Don’t skimp on the salt!
Next, feeling nostalgic for my time in Mexico, I strongly encourage everyone to try Stuffed Peppers!
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 4 large bell peppers – tops, seeds and membranes removed
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 cups cooked rice
- 1 (15 oz) can of black beans drained and rinsed
- diced tomato (from a 14 oz can or fresh)
- 1 teaspoon garlic salt (or fresh garlic!)
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin (mandatory!)
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 (8 oz) package of shredded Mexican cheese blend OR Oaxaca cheese, if you can find it.
Finally, my all time favorite desert: cobbler! This can be made with almost any berry, but today let’s try Peach and Blackberry Cobbler.
- 1/4 cup soft butter
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1 cup sifted flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 cups fresh peaches, peeled and sliced (peeling not be necessary in my opinion)
- 1 cup fresh blackberries
- 1/2 orange (for the juice, optional)
- cinnamon sugar
Want something fresh and healthy to cut through all this grease, sugar, and cheese? My favorite lunch lately is a “Greenless Salad.” Cut up a garden-fresh cucumber, a tomato, finely dice some onion, add some shaved carrot, cut up a little serrano for a kick, and then drizzle olive oil and apple cider vinegar or red wine vinegar over the whole thing. Add salt, pepper, an herb of your choice, and perhaps some feta. Mix and enjoy!
Don’t forget to let us know what new recipes you’re trying!
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