Posts Tagged ‘meatless mondays’

Veggie Sweet Potato Garden Burgers

Whether you’re a veggie-loving beast or full on meat-craving carnivore these Veggie Sweet Potato Garden Burgers will definitely please! Meatless Monday never tasted so delicious!

Veggie burgers are not a ‘new’ thing yet in the past 3 or so years they’ve become a menu regular. Heck, there are some restaurants that only serve veggie burgers. It’s funny how I actually more often will order a veggie burger than a regular burger these days. I’m not a vegetarian and still love meat but there’s just something intriguing about these things. You wouldn’t expect a veggie burger to be juicy or packed with so much flavor yet they are.

I mean just look at my Chunky Portabello veggie burger. That single burger recipe has bridged the gap between salad heads and meat beasts; both teams love them. Vegetarians absolutely love the fact that you have a burger that is hearty, packed with a bajillion veggies and that is seriously the “best damn veggie burger” out there. And meat lovers…don’t get me started!  Their minds are blown by the fact that they are eating a burger that tastes so much like beef (or a real burger as they’d say) but is made with all veggies. I mean I had some guy argue til he was blue in the face that there was no way anyone could make a veggie burger taste delicious let alone tastes like a ‘real burger’. One bite and I shut him up.

Now before I go any further I should disclose that there is one person that doesn’t like this – Mr. Fantabulous. He doesn’t quite “get” the whole non-meat thing and swears if I try to turn him vegetarian he’s moving out.  For him, honestly, it’s a textural thing I thing as most veggie burgers are a tad more ‘creamy’ in the center. Sure you’ll have chunks of veggies but you never get that same texture as you would with meat. Challenge for me? Perhaps but honestly it’s not that big of a deal and hey if he doesn’t like it, it’s just more for me.

Get your deliciousness on!

Italian Veggie Stuffed Zucchini Boats Starring Ragu Homestyle Thick & Hearty Pasta Sauce

Ah summer… the sun is shining, days seem longer and gardens are producing tons of fresh fruits and veggies.   There is nothing better than garden fresh veggies. Crisp peppers, corn on the cob, zucchini for days and vine ripened tomatoes.  However living in Pittsburgh we have all but a brief window of time where we can grow our own veggies like that.  Nothing is better than homemade pasta sauce with garden fresh garlic, herbs and those juicy tomatoes.  Well thankfully RAGÚ came out with their new Homestyle pasta sauces!  You can get garden fresh taste with that rich homestyle way just like Nonna!  So when the great folks from RAGÚ reached out to me to check out their new RAGÚ Homestyle pasta sauces I was ecstatic.  You see RAGÚ Homestyle pasta sauce is about tradition, family and amazing flavors.  So today I’m sharing with you my Italian Veggie Stuffed Zucchini Boats Starring Ragu Homestyle Thick & Hearty Pasta Sauce.  Get on the boat to YUMVILLE with this dish!

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This time around I decided to go with their Homestyle Thick & Hearty Roasted Garlic pasta sauce. Since this dish was meatless I really wanted to give the veggie filling tons of flavors.  This sauce was the perfect way to go! Rich, thick, bold and the roasted garlic flavor was amazing!

Don’t miss this boat ride to YUMVILLE!

Simply The Best Mac and Cheese ever!

Macaroni and cheese is one of those dishes that has a near and dear spot in my heart. Wait before I go on let me state a few things:

1. Yes I know it’s not true macaroni noodles (I used cavatappi cause they are my favorite) so it’s truly not ‘macaroni and cheese’ per se.  Sure I could have titled this post “Pasta and Cheese Sauce Extraordinaire” but yeah, that’s boring and not many would type that in to search for it.
2. This is NOT your boxed mix as my cheese does not glow in the dark nor is it neon.
3. It’s not baked but good ol’ fashioned stove top.  The only time you bake it is if you want that crispy crunchy crust.

Now back to what’s important… shoveling forkfuls of this luscious cheesy goodness in your pie-hole! Mac ‘n Cheese is a source of comfort for me as I’m sure it is for most of you all.  See I was that child who, while fat, was the pickiest eater EVER.  I mean EVER. Mom knew, however, that I would always eat mac ‘n cheese.

Stove Top Mac Cheese

See the thing is for me I didn’t grow up on the boxed stuff.  We simply couldn’t afford it.  At times we’d have to get food from the government (I don’t care what people say that gov’ment cheese  was awesome. Granted I’m not sure if it really was actual cheese though.). Mom would make up a roux (melted butter then add in some flour, cook that for a minute).  Next she’d whisk in the milk to make one of the Mother Sauces (bechamel). Once she had that in went pounds of cheese.
More cheese please!

Butternut Squash Parmesan Gratin

So get this… Mr. Fantabulous hates zucchini, yellow and spaghetti squash (well okay hate is a strong word. Let’s just say he greatly dislikes it but will eat it if I force him to. But here’s the kicker he loves butternut and acorn squash.  Now to me a squash is a squash is a squash. Okay maybe the spaghetti squash is the exception here as of it’s texture is unlike the others but to me they are all pretty much equal.  I mean is he the weird one here or am I?  Remember you love me more than him so think before you answer *wink*.  LOL

Anyway the other day on our way home from the doctors I told him we needed a few things from the store.  Me, being me said “just park and I’ll run in real quick” thinking he’d forget my whole being under quarantine.  Apparently he’s been taking his ginko crap or whatever you take to help improve your memory because I got the look (you know the look you get when you try to be sly and someone catches you) and he just huffed and said “Make me a list and I’ll get it while you stay in the car”.

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<insert major grumbles here>  I think I’m the only person on the planet that is going through grocery shopping withdrawal! It’s not that I buy a boatload of stuff but rather I just enjoy it.  And don’t get me started on how much I miss my Food Porn Props store! I fear HomeGoods may go out of business for my not being there every Saturday!  OMG I think I’d die! Please tell me you have visited one…

Are you into food porn props?

Squash the Noodles Lasagna

This dish was honestly one of the easier recipes for me to come up with. I’ve made regular lasagna – heck, that’s part of my vows to Mr. Fantabulous. “To honor, love, cherish, know how to make killer lasagna…in sickness and health..”  No, seriously! *wink*.  As I was saying I make regular lasagna, lasagna roll ups but then I also make zucchini lasagna for those nights when pasta just isn’t something I want. Heck I’ve even made unstuffed cabbage lasagna for those days when I have zero desire to roll 9,000 stuffed cabbages! Well this night I had a medium sized zucchini on hand and a good sized spaghetti squash.  I had cooked my spaghetti squash like I normally do – TYVM microwave.  I shredded it and there it sat in the fridge for 2 days. I actually forgot about it.

Well I was making stuffed shells that night and realized I had too much ricotta filling.  So honestly this recipe came out of excess of an ingredient.  Since I had extra but not quite enough I whipped up a little more filling and opted to go with this lasagna. This seriously was so easy to make I’m almost embarrassed to share it.  Like seriously if you can slice, mix, layer (not even well mind you) and bake you can make this.  Heck even Mr. Fantabulous could make this… well, that is if he liked stuff like this.  He’s still a traditionalist when it comes to his lasagna.  It’s the Italian in him.  Plus while he’ll eat zucchini he’s not a huge fan of it. It’s more like if I make it and put it on his plate he’ll eat it while complaining he really doesn’t like it.  LOL

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So the name, pretty ingenious, right?

Let’s get squashed!

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