Now that I'm on the other side of all day morning sickness, I'm back to cooking! There had been some discussions going on in my life about meal plans, so I'm going to share what we had this week. I've been a vegetarian for the better two-thirds of my life but I'm married to one of those folks who likes the taste of blood. Compromises!
Here was our meal plan the last seven nights, two of which we fended for ourselves on leftovers (recipes linked) . . .
with whole wheat thin spaghetti and sauteed button mushrooms for me, optional sauteed chicken breast pieces for the mister
- Taco bar night: Can of refried black beans, plate of shredded cheddar, small can of sliced olives, salsa, chopped green onions, sour cream, taco shells, shredded lettuce, optional 1/3 pound ground beef for the mister (cooked with taco seasoning packet, leftovers saved for pizza - see next item)
- Pizza! Homemade crust, sauce, cheese divided in half. Leftover button mushrooms and olives on one side, leftover taco meat on the other. (Taco meat on pizza? He lived.)
- Veggie Patties + hummus + homemade baked fries. Here we will pause and break out in recipe!
Small zucchini, shredded
small red bell pepper, diced
Leftover green onions (see Taco Night)
Tablespoon minced garlic
Olive oil - not extra virgin*
Few tablespoons of whole wheat flour
1/4 teaspoon cumin
Salt to taste
2 large baking potatoes
2 tablespoons baking powder
Hummus, store bought or make your own
Preheat the oven to 350. Saute the first five ingredients for about 6-7 minutes on medium on the stove top, then set aside mixture in a bowl and allow to cool.
During this time, slice the potatoes into french fry shape and soak in a bowl of water with the baking powder (this helps remove the starch, which gives you a lighter fry). After 20 minutes or so, rinse and dry the potatoes, toss with olive oil and spread on a baking sheet sprayed with non-stick spray. Bake potatoes for 30 minutes.
Once the veggie mixture has cooled to room temperature, add the egg, flour, cumin and salt. Mix. Spoon mixture two tablespoons at a time into pan of hot olive oil. They should look like pancakes. Flip after a few minutes and saute the other side to the same golden brown.
Serve with hummus.
There is a lot of fried action here, but it's all olive oil,
right? Hey, you gotta be a sinner some time. Mmmmmm.
*Whenever you cook with olive oil, only use extra virgin in cold recipes because it has such a low smoke point. Regular (cheaper!) olive oil can withstand higher temperatures, hence you should use it to saute and bake.