Tuesday Morning Tidy: Meatless Meals for Everyone
We like to prepare and serve meatless meals for our families. Today we're sharing ideas, along with a recipe, you can incorporate into your meal planning. Going meatless can be delicious and filling!
We make these for dinner at least once a month, and always with avocado and over-easy eggs on top. Beyond that, there are a few other rotating additions including black beans, half a sweet potato, and/or some spinach. You can add a bit of shredded cheddar or parmesan on top, but it's really not necessary!
Preheat your oven to 250 or 300 degrees. Lay a single layer of tortilla chips (we typically use those made from black beans) on a baking sheet. Top with your favorite veggies and protein including black beans, peppers, green onion and a generous layer of Mexican cheese blend. Pop in the oven for about five minutes. After you pull the pan out of the oven, add a layer of avocado and diced tomatoes. Top with a drizzle of your favorite sauce - cholula, chipotle, salsa, etc.
An Impossible burger or Impossible meatballs are delicious substitutes for meat if you've already had your fair share for the week, or are trying to avoid red meat specifically. Add some red onion, tomato and Swiss on a brioche bun for burgers or your favorite sauce and quality pasta for a pretty classic spaghetti dinner.
Dirty Rice Recipe
This is a flavorful meal (with a seafood option) that offers plenty of leftovers, which are just as good the second and third time around! Although it requires several ingredients and a good amount of veggie chopping, it's totally worth it!
To prepare the rice:
- 2 teaspoons of grape seed oil
- 1 1/2 cups of uncooked brown rice
- 1/2 teaspoon of sea salt
- 3 cups of water
- 1 1/2 teaspoon of:
- sea salt
- garlic powder
- 3/4 teaspoon of:
- black pepper
- onion powder
- dried oregano
- dried thyme
- 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne
- 2 teaspoon of paprika
Creole Seasoning to taste
- 3 Tablespoons of grape seed oil
- 1 cup of celery, diced
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- 1 sweet yellow onion, diced
- 1 zucchini, cubed
- 1 pound of cooked shrimp (optional)
In a saucepan over medium heat, add the 2 teaspoons of oil, rice and 1/2 teaspoon of salt and stir; then add water. Cover the pan and turn heat to high until boiling. Reduce the heat and let the rice cook for 50 minutes (until tender) and then remove from heat.
Blend the 1 1/2 teaspoon of salt, garlic powder, black pepper, onion powder, oregano, thyme, cayenne, paprika and Creole Seasoning in a small bowl and set aside
In a large saucepan, warm the 3 Tablespoons of oil over medium heat. Add the onion, celery, red bell pepper and squash in the pan. Sauté for 5 minutes or until tender. Add the cooked rice to the large pan and mix in the seasonings. Blend well (add the optional cooked shrimp at this point). Let all ingredients cook through for for 3-5 minutes before serving.
We hope you find these meatless options delicious and helpful as you meal plan!