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    It’s Meatless Monday-Roasted Root Vegetable and Lentil Salad

     Salads don’t always have to be about lettuce and this one combines slow roasted root vegetables and lentils. I admit I’m a fan of any type of lentil and use them in just about any type of recipe. One thing I hate doing is cooking them. I grew tired of babysitting them while they simmered on the stove and then have them stick to the bottom of the pan and turn into lentil mash. One day I thought why not try cooking them in the oven like I do when I make rice. The amount for this recipe is actually more than you need but they freeze well, and yes,…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Chunky Vegetable and Black Bean Chili

        When the weather turns extra cold there’s nothing better than a bowl of something hot and spicy. Chili always seems to fit the bill this time of year. In my latest venture into the world of the vegetarian variety, I kept the vegetables in large pieces, added some mushrooms for more depth of flavor. Final taste boost was a can of black beans. When you top it with sour cream, cheese, chopped avocado, salsa, and then pair it with brown rice, it’s a quick and easy Meatless Monday supper. Ingredients 1 15 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed 1 onion, peeled and chopped into ½ inch pieces 3 carrots…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Tofu Taco Bites

    Ever since I made the Crispy Tofu Nuggets from the Vegan for Fun cookbook by Attila Hildmann I’ve been experimenting with different coatings to see what I can come up with. My latest combination, and I think the best so far, is this taco coating mix. By adding more or less spices you can vary the heat level. The coating makes more than you actually need but don’t throw it away because you’ll need it for the quick and budget friendly recipe I’ll be posting later this week. If you’ve not cooked with tofu before here’s a reminder about how to make it more ‘workable’ especially in a recipe like…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Vegetarian Scotch Eggs

    I’m always looking for ways to turn meat centric recipes into vegetarian ones and my next challenge was the Scotch egg. A childhood favorite of mine, and if you’re not familiar with it, it’s a simple recipe of a hardboiled egg encased in sausagemeat. It’s then rolled in breadcrumbs and deep fried. I’ll admit I had lots of challenges with this one but I’m glad I didn’t give up because it’s a tasty dish that I think rivals its meat counterpart. My first problem was what to use in place of the sausagemeat. It would need to be something that could be wrapped around the egg and something with a…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Cajun Hashed Potatoes with Baked Eggs

    A hectic week because I’m putting the final touches to the cookbook so I thought I’d share another recipe from it with you. It’s perfect when you’re short on time, plus, sweet potatoes are on sale now. Ingredients 1 large white potato, peeled and shredded 1 large sweet potato, peeled and shredded 1 large onion, finely chopped Salt and pepper 1 teaspoon Cajun spice mix 4 eggs 4 tablespoons of oil Method Preheat oven to 375 Put the while potatoes in a sieve over a bowl and sprinkling with salt to draw out some moisture. Meanwhile heat the oil in a large roasting pan. Drain the potatoes and squeeze out…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Herbed Mushroom and Pea Risotto

    The herbs in my garden might be done for the year but I’m glad I took time to dry most of them. With that in mind I thought of a recipe where I could put some of them to good use and came up with this risotto that I think is perfect for a fall supper. Mushrooms have a woody flavor that pairs perfectly with herbs, and peas; well, I always keep a few packages of the frozen variety sitting in the freezer. An added plus, I recently read they’re a good source of protein so great as part of a meatless meal. Although you should use Arborio rice for…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Cranberry-Orange Kale Salad

    Kale always seems to be on sale, but the price per bunch dips even lower around this time of the year. It’s a superfood too which makes it a nutritional powerhouse. However, two things I’ve found are, one; it can often be bitter. Two, it gives your mouth a workout because of the chewiness of this veggie. I’ve found a couple of ways to overcome these problems. One is to cook it before I add it to things like soups. And the second way, which I used in this week’s Meatless Monday recipe, is to add some salt (for want of a better word), and then massage it. It turns…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Tofu and Mushroom Stew with Herbed Mashed Potatoes

      About this time of the year I begin craving soups and stews. However, I’ve often found vegetarian stews to be lacking in flavor and substance. My goal for this recipe was to have a thick flavor packed gravy that would cling to a comfort food like mashed potatoes. The key is three ingredients and one cooking technique. Slow cooking of the vegetables and then tomato paste, soy and Worcestershire sauce…and yes there is a vegetarian Worcestershire sauce. I used already cubed tofu that you can buy just about anywhere now but regular block tofu works too, just cut it into bite size cubes after it’s been through the usual…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Roasted Carrot Soup with Cumin and Garlic Crostini

    My upcoming cookbook contains a recipe for carrot soup. However, after reading the article about foods you can eat when you’re broke (and seeing that item on the list), it inspired me to create another one. This time I slow roasted the carrots in the oven and instead of adding croutons made crostini to serve as hearty garnish. For the Soup 4 large carrots, washed, peeled and cut into one inch pieces ½ onion, peeled and diced into one inch pieces ½ teaspoon coriander ½ teaspoon paprika 1 teaspoon dried thyme Salt and pepper 4 tablespoons oil 3 cups vegetable stock 1 cup unsweetened coconut milk For the Crostini 8…

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    It’s Meatless Monday-Stuffed Acorn Squash

    Stuffed Acorn Squash Acorn squash is on sale now and while I love to roast it and use it as a side dish, it also makes a pretty good Meatless Monday meal. For this one I used dried sweetened cranberries combined with feta cheese and a pre-packaged Ancient Grain blend although you could use a mix of brown and white rice, or even wild rice. 2 Acorn squashes, washed, seeded, halved lengthwise 1 ½ cups of grain or rice blend, cooked ½ cup crumbled feta cheese (divided) ½ cup sweetened cranberries Salt and pepper Oil for roasting Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Sprinkle the squash with salt and pepper and…

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