About a year and a half ago, I decided to become a vegetarian. I had been looking into ways to help the environment. I already recycle religiously and we don’t own a car so we can’t do much there. I read that the best way to make an impact (other than voting, obvs) was to give up eating meat. My mom is vegan and has been not too subtly nudging me toward joining her there. I can’t imagine giving up cheese, but meat I can do.
The problem was that the kids are the pickiest humans on earth, and John is not interested in giving up meat. I usually end up making 3 separate dinners. I’ve gotten really good at getting them all on the table at the same time, but I have stopped trying new recipes and am mostly eating pasta. I made it until about a couple months ago when the pressures of pandemic life got to me. I fell off the meat free wagon.
John is ok with eating my dinners as side dishes so I can buy him some pre-seasoned cuts from our local butcher and if I could pop my dinner in the slow cooker after the school run, then dinner time should be a breeze. With that in mind, here are some dishes I can’t wait to try.
First off is this vegetarian lasagne which looks delish. I love that the recipe post gives explicit permission to add and dump veggies at will. I have come a long way since my childhood of shunning all but a few foods but I still just can’t do mushrooms, so those are out. I will probably sub in a couple of zucchinis and up the carrot count to make up for the loss of mushrooms.
It is wintertime and I love really thick hearty soups…. with a large side of buttered baguette. I am not ashamed. I will definitely have this Broccoli Cheddar soup on my list this winter. I’ve never eaten at Panera so I won’t be able to judge how similar they are but it sure looks yummy.
Who doesn’t love mac and cheese? I usually throw something together in a pot when I am craving some comfort food but I really should be developing a proper recipe. This seems like a really good place to start.
Potato and corn. You can’t go wrong with potatoes and corn so a potato corn chowder is on my list immediately. I’ll leave the bacon off. Probably.
I am a picky eater but becoming vegetarian has helped me try new foods. One of my new favourites is black beans. I add them to so much stuff, so a black bean and rice recipe is definitely going to hit my rotation.
All of my favourite foods taste better in a tortilla. It’s just a fact of life. So, burritos are a staple in my house.
More pasta! I love ziti. John loves ziti. I’ll probably add to the bulk of this by really finely dice some veggies and soften them before putting it all in the pot.
I’ve never made stuffed peppers in the slow cooker. I’m curious about the texture. Curious enough to try the recipe? Probably!
This creamy cauliflower cheese soup really looks great.
This vegetable fried rice looks amazing. I can’t wait to try this.
This should be a great start. Plenty of ideas here to keep me motivated to kick meat to the curb.