Vegetarian Recipes

Most of these recipes are Lacto-Ovo vegetarian.

Vegetarian Recipes

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Two Bean Tamale Pie Recipe

Heather says: Partly for our health and partly for our budget we try to eat meatless one night a week. This recipe could easily be converted to vegan by omitting the cheese and using an eggless recipe for cornbread. This is Betty Crocker’s version with minor tweaking.   Two Bean Tamale Pie Ingredients 1 TBSP…

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Lentil Enchiladas Recipe

Heather says: I have debated posting this recipe for several days. It was good, but not a slice of heaven on a plate like the recently posted tomato pie. Once the enchiladas were smothered in salsa, I did enjoy them. The filling recipe is vegetarian and makes enough for 16 enchiladas, I made half and…

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Stove Top Macaroni and Cheese

Macaroni and Cheese: Stove Top

Heather says: I haven’t quite figured out what chemical I’m slowly weaning my family from, but it took a while for them to decide to like home made mac and cheese more than the stuff from the box. My husband has finally begun asking for my version specifically, so I believe I have hit upon…

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Marinara, Basic

Heather says: Jarred sauces have their place, especially in a pantry designed to carry a family through extended power outages. However, it is nice to know that a basic marinara sauce requires few ingredients, minimal preparation, and only some time to simmer for robust flavor. Basic Marinara 2 TBSP olive oil 3 cloves garlic minced…

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Eggplant Parmesan

Heather says: Now I know you are just dying for a way to use your new-found basic marinara. How about eggplant parmesan? Those alien looking vegetables are quite tasty when oven fried in breadcrumbs and cheese. Eggplant Parmesan 2 ripe medium eggplant 1 cup breadcrumbs 2/3 cup grated parmesan (+shredded for garnish) ~ 1 tsp…

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Egg Rolls – Oven Fried

Heather says: In my quest to improve our family’s diet I stumbled across the idea of oven baked egg rolls. Of course I immediately misplaced the recipe after announcing them for this past Menu Monday. I would like to thank Tese for sharing her family’s recipe, that I used as a general guideline. These are…

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Gazpacho

Heather says: This was way before I learned about food photography, bear with me -Heather June 2010 With the temperature rising something has to give. Try this Andalusian favorite for a change of pace. Traditional gazpacho is often made with bread blended in, I prefer to serve it on the side or with a dollop…

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Cheap and easy: French Toast

Heather says: Time and again I hear people lamenting their inability to cook. It’s a skill that takes practice; start with a basic, forgiving item like today’s French toast If you have children, involve them in the process, it will help them become comfortable in the kitchen. This is a great way to use up…

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Cornbread, Plain Recipe

Dear Home Ec 101, Do you have a good cornbread recipe or tips on baking cornbread? I generally use a corn meal mix and it always comes out too dry and “crummy”. I like for the outside to be crisp but for the inside to be soft and to stay together instead of falling apart…

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Lentil Casserole

Heather says: This lentil casserole recipe is light on the budget, simple, and filling. 2 cups dried lentils 4 cups water 1TBSP extra virgin olive oil  1 onion – diced 2 cloves garlic – minced or pressed 2 celery ribs chopped 2 carrots – chopped 1 red bell pepper (optional) 1 green bell pepper (or…

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Pseudo Shepherds Pie Recipe

Heather says: Traditional Shepherd’s pie contains lamb, gravy, and vegetables, covered with mashed potatoes. Its close cousin cottage pie contains beef. This version substitutes vegetable stock for the broth used to make the gravy and contains kidney beans to provide protein. As the mashed potatoes contain milk and are topped with cheese, this one dish*…

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Tomato Gravy Recipe

Heather says: Digging through old cookbooks you may come across some strange ideas, especially concerning gelatin. However, there are many classic recipes being forgotten or replaced by new convenience items. A perfect example is tomato gravy. Sure, the name doesn’t invoke images of glamour or haute couture, but not everything in life has to. Tomato…

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Pizza Sauce Recipe

Heather says: This pizza sauce can be simmered on the stove or made with a slow cooker (Crock-pot® folks, Crock-pot®). Pizza night’s order of operations are as follows: I start the sauce, begin a crust, chop the veggies, roll out the dough, and finally add all the toppings. The kids help by eating all my…

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Simple Pizza Crust Recipe

Heather says: My kids love pizza night. They are young enough that the whole process is fascinating to them and there is a lot of excitement for little cost. My husband and I are in search of the “perfect” pizza crust that is doesn’t require a huge amount of advance preparation. This one is close….

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Carrot Raisin Salad

Heather says: This classic pairs well with sandwiches and meals that call Spring and Summer to mind.  In its most basic form, the recipe here, it’s low cost and low effort.  There are many variations on this recipe, feel free to share yours in the comments. Ingredients: 2 cups coarsely shredded carrot 1/2 cup raisins…

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Summer Squash and Zucchini, Grilled

Heather says: I love zucchini.  It’s one of those plants I don’t have to grow to reap the benefits.  As the season turns toward summer local gardeners may have more than they know what to do with.  In fact August 8th is “Sneak Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Night.”  Friends and neighbors, I am here…

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Black Bean Burrito Recipe

Heather says: Meatless meals are often great for the wallet.  This recipe can be prepared with canned or dried beans.  If you use dry black beans, cook 1/2lb dried beans until soft.  I put mine in the crockpot the morning I want to make the burritos, cover them with water, and turn the crock on…

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Alfredo Sauce

Simple Alfredo Sauce

Heather says: If you load this dish up with steamed broccoli it’s easy to pretend it’s healthy. This recipe makes four servings of alfredo and can create a variety of meals by varying the accompaniments.  My favorites are blackened beef, chicken, or shrimp.  If spicy foods are not your style, try grilled chicken, shrimp, or…

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Lime and Salt Margarita Carrot Sticks

Heather says: Everyone says, “Eat your vegetables.”  Here’s a quick and easy way to perk up the lowly carrot stick without adding fat. We love it as a side for summer meals and as a snack to take to work or the park. They’ve been nicknamed margarita carrots, but there isn’t a drop of alcohol…

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Peas and Almonds

Heather says: I used to hate peas. Deep down in my heart I knew the cafeteria ladies despised me each time they plopped a spoonful of wrinkly, mushy peas onto my tray. Thankfully, I have learned that most often it isn’t the original food item I have hated, but simply the manner in which it…

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Cheese Sauce

Dear Home Ec 101, My three year old son is allergic to eggs and I’m trying to find a cheese sauce for vegetables that is simple, but not greasy. Can you help? Signed, Cheesin’ in Chester Heather says, Most of us who grew up in the 1980s can probably sing the jingle for Velveeta, “Cheddar’s…

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Sautéed Cabbage

Dear Home Ec 101, Would you post about how you cook cabbage? That’s something I never cook… is it cheap and healthy? Thanks! Signed, Cravin’ the Cruciferous Heather says: Yes, cabbage when purchased in season, is both cheap and healthy. It is a great source of both vitamin C and fiber. Here in North America…

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Slow Roasted Tomatoes: Saving Summer’s Bounty

Heather says: I’m not a gardener, but I’m lucky enough to have family that is into that sort of thing. Produce is rolling into my mother’s garden faster than she and my stepfather can eat it. We are the lucky recipients of the excess. This weekend I had planned on preparing three tomato pies for…

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Tomato Soup: Saving Summer’s Bounty

Heather says: I can proudly say I did not have to cook this soup. My stepdaughter said she was in the mood for tomato soup and grilled cheese. So she started Googling. Together (notice I learned my lesson) we picked out and modified a recipe. Here’s what we came up with. This soup begs for…

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Calzones Recipe for Fearless Friday

Skip the narrative and get right to the calzone recipe Heather says: So, what’s fearless about a calzone? The fact that I have not been able to get a good picture of one in almost 3 years. So earlier this week I said to heck with it, that’s my fearless feat for Friday. I’m going to…

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Ranch Seasoning Mix, from Scratch

Heather says: Ranch dressing from scratch with no MSG. Who knew? I spent maybe five minutes on this, ten if you count the phone call from the grocery store asking  to double check the recipe. Why then have I not bothered to make homemade ranch seasoning, if it’s so easy? We could come up with…

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Pancakes on griddle

Pancakes 101: The Basic Buttermilk Pancake

Heather says: Nothing says weekend indulgence like a pancake and nothing tastes better than a pancake served up by someone else. But what happens when you’ve moved out and a weekly trip to IHOP just isn’t in the budget? You learn how to do it yourself. This recipe is simple and a great starting point…

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Guacamole Recipe

Heather says: Homemade guacamole is very easy and a healthier alternative to the mutant storebought guacamole. This simple recipe for guacamole has no additional oil, you only get the natural healthy fat contained in the avocado itself. Do not buy those vibrantly green, Florida travesties masquerading as avocadoes. I don’t care if they are buy one…

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birthday pancakes

Apple Cider Pancakes

Heather says: Whenever birthday season rolls around, we like to give the birthday child a few treats of their own choosing, within reason. I do believe my middle child is a budding foodie. The days leading up to his birthday he talked about how he wanted to have apple pancakes for breakfast, something we have…

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Collard Greens, Vegetarian Style

Heather says: These collards have a kick! They are peppery and wonderful, something I never thought would be possible without sausage or bacon, but as of last night I know it can be done. This recipe is adapted from the Lee Bros. Southern Cookbook, a birthday gift from last year. Their version is called Sneaky…

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Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins Recipe

Heather says: This is a great basic muffin recipe. Swap out the blueberries for whatever fruit you’d like. Reduce the amount of milk for exceptionally wet ingredients such as mashed bananas. Simple Blueberry Muffins Yields 9 muffins 1 1/2 cups all-purpose or plain flour 3/4 cup white sugar 1/2 teaspoon salt 1.5 teaspoons baking powder…

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Lentil Pilaf

Lentil Pilaf, Side Dish

Heather says: This side dish is great for those avoiding simple carbohydrates. It would also easily convert to a vegetarian / vegan dish simply by switching to vegetables stock. I pull out this recipe as the temperatures start to drop, I particularly like it next to the slightly sweet vegetables of Autumn (squashes, pumpkins, roasted…

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Butternut Squash: A Simple Side

Heather says: With cooler temperatures come falling prices, at least for squashes. Take advantage and enjoy one of the easiest side dishes known to man, baked butternut squash. It’s so simple, there’s not really even a recipe. Preheat your oven to 350F. Cut your butternut squash in half, lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop out…

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Toaster Pastries: Fearless Friday #24

Heather says: Does anyone ever notice how Thursday just seems to sneak up on a person? I mind my own business, but it seems to happen every seven days or so. This week I managed to squeeze in a quick Fearless Friday. I decided to try out making a homemade version of PopTarts™. Guess what?…

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Wilted Spinach Salad

Spinach Salad with Pecans, Dried Cranberries, Feta

Heather says: Vegetarians rejoice, there’s no bacon in this wilted spinach salad. Also, this is more of a wilted spinach salad template than a recipe. If you don’t like feta, use a crumbly cheese you do like. If you hate pecans, but love walnuts, great! Use those. If there are no bunches of spinach at…

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Rutabaga, Mashed A Fearless Friday Experiment

Heather says: Welcome to the Fearless Friday that almost wasn’t. I’ve been under the weather and limited to soups and very soft foods. Being the masochist I am, I’ve also been paging through and drooling over my cookbooks waiting for the day I can manage them. Thursday’s dinner prep rolled around and as I stood there,…

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Leek and Cabbage Soup

Heather says: Winter can be a tough time for eating seasonally. Most of the vegetables are root or belong to the brassica genus (brussels sprouts, cabbage, collards). With the exception of potatoes, these usually aren’t the first ingredients a novice cook reaches for. This cabbage soup recipe is beyond simple, it’s not beautiful which is…

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Green Beans, Roasted

Heather says: Fearless Fridays are a chance for readers of this site to share what they’ve been trying in the kitchen. It doesn’t have to be fancy, all I ask is that it be a new recipe or a new technique. Share a link to your effort in the McKlinky or tell us about it…

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Whole Wheat Banana Oatmeal Pancake Recipe

Heather says: Laissez les bons temps rouler! It’s Fat Tuesday if you’re anywhere near New Orleans; if like the rest of the country you’re stuck with a more mundane celebration, you may know today as Shrove Tuesday or even as Pancake Day. Today we’re celebrating with this recipe for banana oatmeal pancakes. If you’re from…

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Scalloped Turnip and Rutabaga Recipe Thumb

Scalloped Turnips and Rutabaga, A Seasonal Fearless Friday

Heather says: Winter will be here for a couple more weeks, it won’t be until April that the fun produce really starts to arrive.  At least there is asparagus and broccoli. So I’ve continued to work with turnips and rutabagas for my Fearless Friday endeavors. This week, I tried out a recipe for scalloped turnips…

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Roasted Broccoli

Broccoli, Roasted

Heather says: Once in a while every cook stumbles on a technique that transforms a vegetable from a tolerated item into a highly anticipated side dish. This technique which can easily be modified does it for broccoli and I. Admittedly I never hated broccoli, I just didn’t love it, except in salads like broccoli almond…

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Cheese Crackers, Fearless Friday April 2, 2010

Don’t worry, with the handy print feature, you can delete all of the pictures and chatter with no trouble at all. Heather says: Welcome to the first monthly installment of Fearless Friday here on Home Ec 101. What have you tried in the past month? It doesn’t matter if your experiment was a complete success…

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Cereal, Homemade Granola, a Holy Cow it’s That Easy? Recipe

Heather says: Now that’s summer is nearly here, we’re switching to a cooler morning option, homemade granola cereal. It is a bit more expensive than plain oatmeal version, but the recipe is dead easy and significantly cheaper per serving than store bought granola, even with the nuts. It takes less than five minutes to mix…

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Western Dressing, Two Variations

I’m staying with my in-laws for a couple of weeks way up in the Lakes Country of Minnesota, posting may be sporadic over the next couple of weeks as my internet connection is tenuous at best. At least I’m getting a break from sweating, right? Heather says: My friend Heidi was recently lamenting that there…

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Banana Muffins

Banana Muffins

Heather says: Muffin recipes are a great introduction to baking. They aren’t fussy and a flat muffin is still a delicious muffin. Don’t get smug and try to pass these off as health food; they aren’t. They are however delicious and semi-portable. What is semi-portable? Great in a lunch bag, not so great while driving….

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Broccoli with Bell Pepper

Broccoli with Bell Pepper, a Side Dish for Fresh or Frozen Broccoli

Heather says: As we head into winter, using seasonal vegetables can become much more difficult. Frozen broccoli and other vegetables are a great way to keep variety in your menu. However, there are only so many times you can serve plain, steamed broccoli before the troops rebel. The garlic and butter add flavor and the…

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Vegetable Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Vegetable Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Heather says: Winter is officially here and eating seasonally in the winter can certainly be difficult. Well, difficult if you like variety that is. For the most part we’re reduced to vegetables that store well, like squashes and potatoes, along with hardy vegetables from the brassica genus: brussels sprouts, cabbage, collard greens, etc. I’m not…

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Turnips, Carrots, and Onions, a Winter Side Dish

Heather says: The poor neglected turnip is a great winter vegetable. You know people’s diets have become quite narrow when the cashier at the grocery store turns the turnip over, looks at it closely and then says, “What is this?” Broaden your vegetable horizons and embrace the lowly turnip. This particular seasonal side dish is…

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Lentil Patties

Lentil Burgers

Heather says: In our house we try to keep meatless Monday in the rotation, but before we get into the recipe itself, let’s get one thing straight. You aren’t ever going to convince an omnivore that a lentil burger is just like a real hamburger. Just get that out of your head right now, it’s…

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