Posts Tagged ‘Vegetarian’

Chocolate Zucchini Bread

July 18, 2010

These taste like brownies but hold together in slices like a bread. A great way to sneak veggies into something that tastes like a dessert ūüėČ

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1-1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/4 cup baking cocoa
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 eggs
  • 3/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine, melted
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1-1/2 cups grated zucchini
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1/4 cup raisins

In a large bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Combine the eggs, oil, butter and extracts; mix well. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened. Fold in zucchini, pecans and raisins. Pour into two greased and floured 8-in. x 4-in. x 2-in. loaf pans. Bake at 350 degrees F for 55-60 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes; remove from the pans to wire racks.

*If 2 Loaves are too much to consume for you at one time, freeze the second to eat later.*

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Little Frugalista

Vegetarian Artichoke Spinach Pitas

July 15, 2010

Vegetarian Artichoke Spinach Pitas

Ingredients

  • 1 (14 ounce) can artichoke hearts, drained
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I used sour cream because I don’t like mayo)
  • 1 clove garlic, peeled (or 2 TBSP minced garlic)
  • 3/4 teaspoon dried dill weed (I used instead fresh basil from my garden)
  • 8 oz frozen Spinach

Throw all of the ingredients in your crockpot¬†and cook on low for 6-8 hours. This can be served in Pitas with your favorite veggies, cheese etc… or can be used as a dip with Crackers or Heavy Dipping Bread pieces.

These would be great to send cold in a lunchbox:)

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Little Frugalista

Vegetarian Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

July 14, 2010

Vegetarian Broccoli and Cheese Casserole

Ingredients

  • 2 (16 ounce) packages frozen chopped broccoli
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 onion, minced
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise (I used sour cream because I don’t like mayo)
  • 10 ounces dry bread stuffing mix (boxed or make your own)

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Cook broccoli according to package instructions. Lightly Grease a large baking dish.
  2. In a bowl, mix the cheese, eggs, onion, cream of mushroom soup, and mayonnaise (sour cream).
  3. Arrange the cooked broccoli in the prepared baking dish. Pour cheese sauce over broccoli. Spread stuffing mix over the sauce.
  4. Bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, until bubbly and lightly browned.

**NOTES: This recipe makes enough to serve 4 adult and 2 children and still have leftovers to freeze for later.

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Little Frugalista

Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

July 6, 2010

Homemade Black Bean Veggie Burgers

  • 1 (16 ounce) can black beans, drained and¬†rinsed¬†¬†(I cook my own and freeze in 2 cup portions/ if you use the canned ones make sure they are drained very well)
  • 1/2 cup frozen green¬†or red¬†bell pepper
  • 1/2 medium onion, cut into wedges
  • 1 TBSP garlic powder
  • 2¬†eggs
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs or 1/2 cup rolled oats (I use oats to lower insulin reaction. Chop them in your food processor to a fine texture)
  • Directions

    1. If grilling, preheat an outdoor grill for high heat, and lightly oil a sheet of aluminum foil. If baking, preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C), and lightly oil a baking sheet.
    2. In a food processor chop black beans into a fine texture and transfer to a big bowl. 
    3. In the food processor, finely chop bell pepper, onion, and garlic. Then stir into mashed beans.
    4. Add to the bowl the eggs, chili powder, cumin, and hot sauce.
    5. Mix in bread crumbs or oats until the mixture is sticky and holds together. Divide mixture into six patties.
    6. If grilling, place patties on foil, and grill about 8 minutes on each side. If baking, place patties on baking sheet, and bake about 10 minutes on each side.

     

    In my opinion these are even tastier then the Morning Star or Boca Burgers. Plus they are cheaper to make and you know exactly what’s in them ūüôā

    These can be cooked and then frozen to heat up later.

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    Little Frugalista

    Save Money Buying Local:Buying Half a Cow

    March 15, 2010

    This post is not for the weak of stomach so turn away from the screen if that is the case! ūüėÄ

    The thing that ties with saving money for my affections is feeding my family healthy foods. These of course come right below my love of God and Family ūüėȬ† When both of my loves collide watch out because I’m about to do the happy dance which makes me look like maybe I have to pee pee! This is the case when it came to buying half a cow this week. My neighbor who I will call Quiltie¬†(because she Quilts for a living and I don’t want to use her real name) and I decided that we would go in halvesies on a half a cow because that would be enough red meat for both of our families for the year. In case math is not your strong suit (and I am so with you there) a 1/4 of a cow is enough to feed my family red meat once a week for 54 weeks.

    The best part of our cow ,which I loving refer to as Rocky, was that he was Pasture fed and lived a Pasture life, not corn fed like a Feed Lot cow. If you have no idea why a Feed Lot life and eating corn is such a no no for cows might I suggest this book, written by Michael Pollan (as seen on Oprah). Many thanks to Quiltie for loaning me this book to read:

    http://www.amazon.com/Omnivores-Dilemma-Natural-History-Meals/dp/0143038583/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1268617697&sr=8-1

    or perhaps this documentary which is based on the book above:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5eKYyD14d_0

    Another big plus to Rocky was that he was never given hormones or antibiotics. The final HUGE selling point on this healthy cow was that he was going to give me red meat dinners for 54 weeks at $4 per meal. This was $4 for T-Bone Steaks,Sirloin Steaks,¬†Roasts, Stew Meat¬†,Ground Meat and enough Bones and Misc. to make enough¬†Beef Broth for at least 6 months (once again many thanks to Quiltie¬†for doing all the work on that). What a great deal! Anyone who has done a grocery budget know that you can’t feed four people steak for a total of $4 from the grocery store.

    Quiltie and I drove to the local farm that was going to butcher Rocky for us. Being rather curious and perhaps gluttons for punishment we requested to watch our cow butchered. When we arrived at the place we were ushered into an area protected by glass so that we could view the butchering. The first thing to happen was that Rocky ,or at least half of Rocky, was pulled on a hook, from a giant freezer into the room where he would be cut up.

    Once again last warning for the weak of stomach because pics follow…

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    The butchers walked over to Rocky and began disassembling him…

    There were four people working on him to make him look like something you would find wrapped in a grocery store meat department. One worked on a huge saw show in this picture….

    You can also see the table where they placed his ribs which were stripped of meat and turned into stew meat.

    To the left of this picture which you can not see were¬†2 other identical tables where a man made¬†Salsbury¬†Steaks and Ground Meat. He was also responsible¬†for cutting of steaks. Now here is a little aside and a Nah Nah¬†Nah to my Facebook Friends who told me I would become a full out¬†Vegetarian which I had been contemplating for some time from “Meeting my Meat”… I actually got hungry watching the guy cut off the steaks! Yes the reaction surprised me but was there none the less. These were the most beautiful steaks you could have laid eyes on. The fact that Rocky was Pasture fed meant that he was a lean cow and didn’t have the marbling (aka intramuscular fat)¬†that¬†most cows sold in the USA have. I could not wait to get home and throw these on the grill!

    Anyway the 3rd table had a 4th worker which was a woman and she was responsible for packaging our meat and labeling it. It was amazing to us that they could hand her a hunk of meat and she knew exactly what it was,where it came from and what it was called. She wrapped all cuts, except for ground, in white freezer paper and stamped it with what it was. The ground beef was put in little plastic freezer bags. All of them were packaged in a way that they would keep a year or over in our freezers.

    Below is a little chart that gives you a small idea of what’s what and where on the cow. I’m impressed that the lady had it all memorized and knew it just from looking at it.

    Quiltie and I left the farm and took our beef home and promptly put it in our freezers with one small exception for me… I left out T-Bone Steaks to grill that night.

    They were SSSOOO delicious. That night at dinner we prayed as we always do and made a point to thank God for the Cow who died so that we could have sustenance.

    Rocky lived a very great Pasture Life (not a Feedlot Life) and sure looks delicious on our plate doesn’t he ūüôā¬† At $4 a meal no less ūüėČ

    Save money by cooking at home… Eggplant Au Gratin

    March 8, 2010

    Eggplant Au Gratin
    Serves 2

    Ingredients
    1/2 pound eggplant, peeled and cut into 1/4 inch slices (this is about 1/2 of an eggplant, the thinner the slices the better)
    1 tablespoon olive oil
    3/4 cup spaghetti sauce
    3/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
    2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese

    Directions
    Brush both sides of eggplant slices with oil. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake at 400 degrees F for 8 minutes. Turn and bake 7-8 minutes longer or until lightly browned and tender. Cool on a wire rack.
    Place one eggplant slice in each of two 10-oz. ramekins coated with nonstick cooking spray. Top each with 2 tablespoons spaghetti sauce and 2 tablespoons mozzarella cheese. Repeat layers twice. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until bubbly and cheese is melted.

    Nutritional Analysis: One serving equals 287 calories, 18 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 30 mg cholesterol, 750 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 15 g protein.