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Some favorite meatless dishes

January 2nd, 2008 at 09:05 am

For those who seek more vegetarian dishes for health or wealth, here are some of our favorite meatless dishes. I'm working more meatless meals into menu planning and maybe these will help someone else, too. In addition to beans, peas, and vegetable based soups, we love these dishes:

Southern Stewed Tomatoes and Okra

1/2 c. butter, margarine or olive oil
1/2 c. onions
3 lbs. cut okra
2 c. canned tomatoes
1/2 c. green peppers (I leave these out as DH and bell peppers don't get along too well)
1/2 c. chopped celery
Salt
4 pods garlic
1/2 tsp. cayenne (I reduce this a little)
1 tsp. thyme

Sauté onions in pot until tender. Add okra, tomatoes and green peppers, Cook 10 minutes. Add celery, salt, cayenne and thyme. Mix well. Cook until okra is tender.

Cabbage Lasagna

1 lb. TVP, cooked beans, or cooked rice
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 chopped green pepper
1 medium head cabbage
1/2 tsp salt
1/8 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp oregano
1 small can tomato paste
8 oz. sliced mozzarella cheese

Cook tvp, beans or rice, onion, green pepper. Boil cabbage until tender then set aside, saving 2 cups of liquid. Combine 2 cups of liquid, oregano, tomato paste, salt and pepper and simmer, stirring often. Add meat mixture to sauce pan. simmer and stirring often. In a buttered 9x13 pan, layer cabbage and tomato mixture Top with mozzarella cheese slices as your very last layer only. Bake 400 for 30 minutes until cheese is browned. Serves 8.

Stuffed Mushroom Casserole Vegas Style

2 packages frozen spinach or 2 bunches of fresh spinach
1 cup sour cream
1 cup cheddar cheese
1 cup monterey jack cheese
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 cup green onions, sliced
1/4 cup green onion tops, chopped
1 & 1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp Italian herb seasoning
12 giant mushrooms
1 lb tvp, cooked beans, or rice
nutmeg

Cook spinach briefly in hot water; drain and chop. Mix with sour cream, 1/2 cup each shredded cheddar, monterey jack, and parmesan cheeses, chopped green onion tops, 1/2 tsp salt and herb seasoning. Place 12 stemmed fresh mushrooms, cup side up, in center of large baking dish. Spoon spinach around edges. Saute sliced green onions and one tsp salt. Add tvp, beans or rice and mix well. Spoon over mushrooms. Top with 1/2 cup each shredded cheddar and monterey jack. Sprinkle lightly with nutmeg. Bake covered in 350 oven for 25 minutes. Serves 4.

4 Responses to “Some favorite meatless dishes”

  1. mom-sense Says:

    Hi Denise! Thanks for the post! I appreciate it and am definitely going to try the mushroom casserole - I hve some picky young eaters here (at least three of mine)

    Another of my problems is having ingredients on hand for fresh veggies - if I buy in bulk at Sam's it goes to waste (some) but I think I'll be able to tackle that issue with some planning!

    happy cooking - MS

  2. disneysteve Says:

    Virtually all of our meals are meatless at home.

    Some favorites are stuffed portobello mushroom caps, tofu noodle bowls, vegetarian tacos, vegetable quesadillas, pizza with veggie toppings and more. Most commonly, we'll grill or saute veggies and tofu with some type of sauce and serve it over brown rice along with a hearty whole grain bread. That's all we need to be happy and satisfied.

  3. disneysteve Says:

    mom-sense - We have the same problem with having the fresh veggies on hand. Fortunately, there is a supermarket just a couple minutes away, so if we decide to make something that we don't have, I just run over there and buy what we need while DW and DD start working on the rest of the meal.

  4. davera Says:

    Yummy recipes. Thanks!

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