Since becoming a vegetarian, I have been looking high and low for easy meals to become my new staples. It's hard to find filling meals that taste good, don't take too long to prepare, are cheap and HEALTHY. I'm pretty hard to please :) This salad has quickly become one of my favorites. I am dying to try it with whole wheat tortellini but it's a little hard to find in the boondocks.
from Vegetarian Times' Low Fat and Fast cookbook (I spent $3 on this cookbook and it is one of the best cookbook investments I have ever made!!)
- 1 pkg frozen tortellini (16 oz)
- 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
- 2 green peppers, seeded and sliced
- 1 cup carrots, sliced thin (or 2 cucumbers, sliced and quartered)
- 1 cup fat free Italian salad dressing
- Freshly grated Parmesan, if desired
Cook tortellini according to package directions.
Prepare vegetables. We tried it first with the carrots but thought they were too crunchy for the softness of the tortellini. We use cucumber instead and it works perfectly.
Combine tortellini, vegetables and dressing in a large bowl.
Top with Parmesan and serve.
See? EASY. This meal is so refreshing. After cooking the tortellini, I let it go down to room temperature so it's a nice salad that isn't hot. Since the pasta is so small, it doesn't take very long.
Vegetarian Dirty Rice with Beans
adapted from Vegetarian Times' Low Fat and Fast cookbook
- 1 pkg veggie sausage, chopped (recipe says links but I used patties; Morningstar Farms makes the best!)
- 1 cup frozen peppers and onions mix
- 1 stalk celery, sliced
- 2 bags Uncle Ben's Whole Grain Medley Ready Rice, Vegetable Harvest (original recipe uses more vegetables and brown rice but this is much faster!)
- 1.5 cups Lima beans, equivalent to one 14.5 oz can, rinsed and drained (I used dried; soaked and cooked the night before)
- 1-2 tsp creole seasoning
Spray a nonstick skillet with cooking spray. Add chopped up veggie sausage, celery and peppers and onions. Cook until sausage is warmed through and celery is soft but not mushy.
While cooking, cook Ready Rice in microwave for 90 seconds.
Add Lima beans, rice and desired amount of seasoning. Cook until Lima beans have warmed.
This one takes 15 minutes tops. It's fabulous. And it tastes pretty good too ;)
from my brain
- 4 fajita size flour tortillas
- 3 bell peppers, colors of your choosing, seeded and sliced
- 1/2 onion, sliced
- 1 Tb. canola oil
- 1 tsp chili powder
- Salt and pepper
- 1 avocado, just ripe
- Salsa, sour cream, etc.