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#11 LadyCheese

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    Posted 21 February 2008 - 04:30 PM

    Originally Posted by Morgan
    We started talking about cutting back on meat consumption. But, before doing this you really need plenty of healthy, filling recipes. When I was a vegetarian in high school that just meant I ate chips and iceburg lettuce.

    Here are three of my favorites:

    bean burritos- fat free canned refried beans (which was ranked as one of the healthiest foods in en's health), mexican cheese wrapped in a tortilla. I wrap it up in foil in the morning & microwave it for 30 seconds at lunch.

    hummus wraps- Hummus is really cheap & easy to make. I wrap it in a tortilla (can you tell this texas girl loves tortillas) and add lettuce, italian dressing, & whatever else I feel like. Very good & filling.

    I'll add my hummus recipe later.

    Here is a bean dip recipe.
    ½ chopped red bell pepper
    ½ chopped green bell pepper (I tend to just put in a whole green one to save $)
    ½ cup chopped red onion
    1/3 cup fresh cilantro
    1/3 cup lime juice (about 2 limes)
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    1 teaspoon salt
    ½ teaspoon ground cumin
    ½ teaspoon chili powder
    1 (15 ounce) can black beans, rinsed and drained
    1 can diced tomatoes, drained
    1 can sweet whole kernel corn, drained

    1. Combine all ingredients in large bowl, stirring well. Serve with tortilla chips or wrap in a tortilla (again with the tortillas!).
    I do the bean burritos also, they are delish...and those beans are high in fiber if I'm not mistaken. :)

    #12 stei0419

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      Posted 21 February 2008 - 04:44 PM

      summertime cold pasta-I make this all time!

      Cook up whatever type of pasta you like and rinse w/ cold water. Add chopped carrots, broccoli, cauliflower, black olives and toss in italian dressing. Add parmesan cheese to taste and refrigerate.

      You could add whatever veges you like really..

      #13 jujigirl

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        Posted 21 February 2008 - 04:50 PM

        You can also use the pesto on a Pizza...FI and I grill our pizzas on a pizza stone using the California Pizza Kitchen Dough Recipe - if anyone wants it let me know and I will post it!! I just spread fresh pesto on the dough for the sauce, then slices of fresh tomato and top it off with good mozzerella...best pizza EVER.

        #14 Janet

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          Posted 21 February 2008 - 06:23 PM

          great thread idea -- I gave up meat for lent so I have been eating a lot of beans, chickpeas...and cereal. Yeah, I know, but I get bored with the freaking beans!

          #15 Amy&Andy

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            Posted 21 February 2008 - 06:40 PM

            Yummy recipes. I am kind of a vegetarian by accident....just because I don't care for many meats except chicken and some fish. We cook split pea soup and black bean soup a lot because it is high in protein and fiber. I'll get the recipe for ya'll tomorrow. Also, we make stuffed manicotti with cottage cheese instead of ricotta...sound wiered but it is delicious and very healthy! I'll post that tomorrow too!

            #16 Rachelle E.

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              Posted 21 February 2008 - 06:54 PM

              This isn't really a recipe, but it's something I really like. We grill a LOT in the summer and sometimes I get tired of the normal steaks, fish, chicken etc. So I'll have "vegetarian night" for myself sometimes and grill up a bunch of different veggies. Some of my faves are:

              Yellow squash and Zucchini - I slice these about 3/4inch thick, toss them in a ziploc w/ a splash of EVOO, sea salt, black pepper and some ground thyme. You can either skewer them and grill them that way, or we have a little "frying pan" type thing that goes on the grill...either way is good.

              Red & Yellow Bell Peppers - I slice these into thick slices, I'll even just quarter them if they're not too big...I usually get about 4-6 slices per pepper depending on the size. I toss these around (in a ziploc usually) with some Worchestershire sauce (Lea & Perrins to be specific! lol!) and just a teeeny bit of salt/pepper. Again you can skewer these to make them a little easier to handle - or if you cut them large enough you can just lay them on the grill. I let these get a tiny bit blackened in some spots...they're SO good that way!

              Eggplant is great on the grill...again I do fairly big slices of this and brush on some EVOO mixed w/a little minced garlic, salt/pepper.

              Asparagus - I use the same "technique" for this as I do for the squash/zucchini. Well, I just wash and trim it, but use the same spices and stuff. EVOO, salt/pepper, thyme.

              #17 Jenn

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                Posted 21 February 2008 - 07:13 PM

                I don't have an actual recipe with amounts for this... just to taste...

                Spinach and White Beans

                I start with EVOO to coat the bottom of a medium pot. I saute rough chopped garlic until soft (I use a lot of garlic - about 1/2 a head) with some red pepper flakes. Then I add frozen spinach - I like the bagged better than the boxed. Once the spinach is defrosted and the extra liquid has evaporated, I add a can of canneloni beans (rinsed and drained) to the pot and cook until the beans are hot. Salt and pepper to taste!

                Its delicious as a side dish or main course! I've tried it with fresh spinach, but there is just too much water.

                #18 jujigirl

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                  Posted 21 February 2008 - 07:13 PM

                  And this sounds SO weird...but snap peas (green beans) with just a tiny bit of EVOO, sea salt and pepper are great on the grill...I make a little foil basket and toss them in there. The flavor completely changes (kind of like asparagus).

                  #19 Rachelle E.

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                    Posted 21 February 2008 - 07:19 PM

                    Mmmmmm! that sounds good! I can't believe I haven't tried that yet. I'm a big fan of grilling basically anything!

                    #20 jujigirl

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                      Posted 21 February 2008 - 07:39 PM

                      I love grilling too!!! It's soooo easy, good, and no cleanup! We grill every weeknight and at least once a weekend...any grilling ideas you have shoot my way!!!

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