As a vegetarian, lentils are one of my favorite non-soy sources of protein. They are incredibly flexible; however, the staples, like this Lentil Soup, are still wonderful classics. Almost every culture has a version of lentil soup. Serve it up with a good piece of bread and you’ve got a good meal.
I was asked by a reader to post some of my favorite quick recipes. The ones that I make when I don’t have the time, energy, or the willingness to really cook a meal. The times that I don’t make Jason cook, which always ends up with some variation of Kraft Mac’n’Cheese and hot dogs (vegetarian ones for me) on his George Foreman Grill.
My spinach quesadillas were an invention and necessity when I was in college. A combination of inspiration from my childhood — my mother was a big fan of the “cheese melts in the microwave” mantra — and crepes from a little restaurant that used to be in my hometown. In college, I distracted an entire senior creative writing class, who were extremely tired of school food, with their delicious aroma.
Jason and I love Indian food and we’re always looking for new recipes to try. This reicipe, originally from Chef Henry’s Chop Onions, Boil Water, is tasty and hearty. His recipe recommends serving with naan or roti bread. I’d love to find some other dishes to prepare with it in order to serve at a dinner party.
I love a good bowl of tomato soup with an accompanying grilled cheese sandwich. It’s something I grew up on. It reminds me of colder fall and winter weekends where my mom and I had been outside all day and needed something quick, hearty, and warm.
The original recipe comes from the Skinny Chef. Hers was a little more low-fat than mine and contained chicken.
This soup certain beats anything out of a can. (Sorry, mom.)
I’m a big fan of Enchiladas. I grew up on my mom’s enchiladas, but now that I’m a vegetarian, I have to search for non-meat alternatives. I even held an enchilada off with her before her wedding this summer: my eggplant almond ones vs. her chicken ones. But people were scared of eggplant. Yes, it’s a purple vegetable, people, a delicious purple vegetable.
And in trying something different, I made this spinach enchilada, based on this recipe. While the original recipe was low-fat, I added a bunch of cheese and made it bad for you. But delicious. It was, however, really runny and messy to eat. When re-heating, I added rice to soak up some of the juices.
These are extremely yummy and healthy for you. Way healthier than say nachos from a bar. This is based on a recipe from The Better Homes and Gardens: The New Cookbook. Unfortunately, I didn’t take pictures before they were devoured by me while I was watching House.