Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Veg Week - 1/2 Way

So far I have made some great and some not-so-great recipes for the Swans" Vegetarian Week.

SUNDAY: Crispy Quinoa Burgers with Flax Seed - AMAZING!  You can find the recipe here.  And then you should go home and make these.  We will be adding these to our regular rotation even if vegetarian week doesn't continue longer than this week.  Mr. Cob and I both loved these and they kept us full well after dinner.  The only thing I wish I'd done differently was double the recipe so we had more leftovers!!  Two thumbs up.  I made them with a side of roasted carrots, which are as simple as they sound - throw some carrots in a metal pan, drizzle with olive oil and roast in the oven. They're delicious and went nicely with the quinoa burgers.

MONDAY: Penne Pasta with Tomato Pesto and Smoked Mozzarella - Ehh.  I found the recipe in the Self magazine I bought for our flight home from LA.  For some insane reason I thouhgt I could flip through a magazine with a toddler on my lap.  Wrong.  Anyway, you can get the recipe online here.  It was OK.  We didn't have any penne so I used whole wheat thin spaghetti instead.  The dish had a strong parsley flavor, which apparently I don't care for.  Nor do I like smoked mozzarella, which I didn't realized until I made this dish.  It was actually better the next day for lunch and I would make it again with a little less parsley, a lot more sundried tomato and a different cheese.  So it wasn't a total fail.

TUESDAY: Black Bean and Sweet Potato Enchiladas -Keeper!  The recipe is from Real Simple and can be found here.  These were really delicious.  I used my food processor to shred the sweet potato and make the enchilada sauce (from scratch!), so it was super easy.  I was able to put these together while my little man ate his own dinner (of mac & cheese made with butternut squash - more on that next Tuesday on Toddler Tips).  The meat-eating husband even gave his seal of approval.  The recipe said the serving size is two enchiladas, but I was full after 1.5 and didn't go snack at all after dinner.  One enchilada is 6 points plus points for you WW followers.  The recipe called for a side of corn, which we didn't make and I didn't think was needed.  We'll definitely make these again!

So three days in to Vegetarian Week and I'm not missing meat yet.  I've made enough food each night to have leftovers for lunch the next day, so I haven't had to eat out yet.  And tomorrow will likely be leftover day, but I'll return to cooking on Thursday with tortilla soup and finish the week with twice baked spaghetti squash.  Overall, I feel good!  I decided to also give up coffee this week (yes, I'm losing my mind) and had a major headache Monday afternoon, which I think was due to caffeine withdrawal.  I'm drinking green tea as a replacement and drinking lots of water.  I'm not ready to commit to a vegetarian lifestyle, but I definitely think we'll start cooking more meatless meals around here.  Stay tuned for the final word on Vegetarian Week later this week!

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