Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Meatless Mondays - Comedy or Tragedy?

A couple weeks ago we (ie: me) decided to start doing meatless mondays. Hadn't really thought too much about it or done any research. I know that we eat too much meat. Even enforcing portion control is difficult. I also wanted to expand the family's diet. The boys aren't vegetable fans, so I promised no straight out salads. (That is fine....I don't really like lettuce and we rarely have it in the house. A salad with dinner is usually more a bowl of chopped veggies.....which are then drowned in dressing! Oh well!)

The first Monday was easy. I was donating blood the next day so a simple marinara in a cast iron frying pan was perfect! That went over well and showed that no meat wasn't going to kill them. (And I aced the blood iron test!)

We skipped last week.

Last night we were back on track. Had planned on bean and cheese burritos but it was cold and foggy and was wanting some comfort type food. So I hit the internet for some inspiration. There is a site for Meatless Monday. (Who knew?) Thankfully it has loads of recipes! Found this one for Enchiladas. It looked easy enough and I was pretty sure I had everything at home so I was good to go!

Did you read the recipe? I didn't. I looked at the ingredients and the photo, assumed the veggie chili was filing, and went on my merry way. When I got home to make the dish, I noticed that you are supposed to make 12 enchiladas with 8 oz of cheese (and have leftover cheese to put on top) and the chili is put on top of these itty bitty enchiladas! And after all that, you make enchilada sauce??

Needless to say, I didn't follow the recipe. We ended up with what we jokingly called "Deconstructed Mexican Vegetarian Lasagna." You know, because we are quite the foodies! Layers of chili, cheese, and corn tortillas. Ended up using fewer tortillas and more chili and cheese than in the original recipe. It tasted okay, better than I think the recipe would have ended up.

In the meantime, I am working on my list of meatless meals that I know will past muster. Figure I can start with these and sneak in new ones as I find them. Any tried and true family loved meatless dishes you can add to my list?
  • Cheese/veggie pizza
  • Mac & Cheese (except Ryan will only eat the blue boxed stuff)
  • Pasta w/marinara sauce
  • Madras lentils & bulgar (an old WW fav)
  • Soup & grilled cheese

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goodlaura said...

Could you fool the boys into eating Eggplant Parmesan? How about veggie pizza? Spaghetti Squash can cook up into so pretty good dishes. Not that creative but how about veggie burgers one night?

C said...

I have tons of recipes! I have a few on my blog. Also, Jude's ex-wife owns a vegan shop in Midtown- Never Felt Better. I haven't been in there but I'm sure they have grocery items. (though beware- specialty stores are pricey. But if you can support a local biz, that's rad)
It's really easy to supplement a bean for meat, and keeps the men folk feeling full :) Just don't overload on carbs. I have a cookbook you can borrow- the Veganomicon. I can bring it to you anytime. It's not really a starter book, though.

scrapper al said...

I've been making Mexican lasagna for years! I'm much too lazy to make regular enchiladas, lol. How about quesadillas (you might even be able to sneak in some finely chopped veggies), tofu, TSP (textured soy protein AKA fake meat, can substitute it for ground meat), chili, stuffed baked potatoes, sesame peanut butter noodles?

Kelly Sas said...

White lasagna. Cheese manicotti. Just off the top of my head. I will try to remember more.

Kelly Sas said...

Cheese manicotti, white lasagna. Just off the top of my head. I will try to remember some more.


Ally said...

I make a spanokopita (spinach pie) dish in the winter that my boyfriend and his kids love. It's pretty hearty and they don't seem to miss the meat.