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post #1 of 60
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I am missing the inspiration of everyone talking about what they've had for dinner or are planning to have. I really need all the help I can get right now. I am very much out of ideas.

 

We had black bean, corn and zucchini enchiladas with green sauce topped with diced black olives, red onion, and avocado slices. The kids of course wouldn't touch it and had quesadillas instead.

post #2 of 60

The last thing I really cooked was red lentil dal with brown rice and green salad. The curry does well as a freezer meal too.

 

Otherwise it's mostly grain-of-choice + steamed-veg-of-choice + bean-of-choice. Not very inspired... 

post #3 of 60

subbing :) needing new ideas for our vegetarian nights.... Latest thing I cooked was tuscan beans and green with cannolini beans, kale, tomatoes, etc...

post #4 of 60
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Yesterday was DH's birthday so we had homemade pizzas and lemon cake. Tonight I am planning ribz, cole slaw, corm on the cob, and watermelon. Hopefully the blueberry coconut milk ice cream that didn't freeze up yesterday too!

post #5 of 60

Dd saw someone make tofu alfredo on a show we were watching and requested it. Ive never been an alfredo anything fan but I rigged up a pretty good sauce w tofu,almond milk, water, roasted garlic,sauteed onions,garlic;basil. Cooked it all added a heaping spoonful of better then cream cheese and lemon zest. Topped it w peas and broc. Served w salad. Both kids and dh downed it,had seconds and ate the leftovers for dinner tonight :)

post #6 of 60

not sure if it's a pregnancy thing, or that we're just really low on food in the house, but I find it delicious!  I had leftover angel hair pasta, cooked it ina cast iron pan with oil, tomatoes, salt, pepper then nutritional yeast.  Thwrow it in a bowl with a big pile of kimchi on top. 

 

also, not sure if anyone is into the pseudo cheeses but I got a packet of the daiya pepperjack and made a quesadilla with it this last week.  Awesome!

post #7 of 60

We had raw pizzas! Store bought sunflower crusts, cashew cheez, tomato sauce, veggies and fresh basil on top!!

 

We love easy dessert treats like frozen banana's blended with fruit (fresh berries are the best in it). It seriously tastes like ice cream.

post #8 of 60
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Originally Posted by ahimsamom View Post

We had raw pizzas! Store bought sunflower crusts, cashew cheez, tomato sauce, veggies and fresh basil on top!!

 



Please share the specifics. We are gluten free and just went dairy free. What crusts? Where do you get cashew cheez?

 

I'd like to try this and would love it if finding these ingredients was easy.

post #9 of 60

Last night we had spanish rice (made with water and pureed leftover veggies), black beans, mango salsa and pico de gallo. My kids love these rice bowls and eat like crazy. It's so fresh for a hot day.

post #10 of 60

Last night we had spanish rice (made with water and pureed leftover veggies), black beans, mango salsa and pico de gallo. My kids love these rice bowls and eat like crazy. It's so fresh for a hot day.

 

Here's a few new recipes we have recently tried or are going to

 

http://vegetarian.about.com/od/vegetarianbarbecuerecipes/r/grilledsweet.htm

 

http://www.rachaelraymag.com/Recipes/rachael-ray-magazine-recipe-search/dinner-recipes/penne-with-grilled-summer-squash-and-sweet-corn

 

http://absarokas.net/category/vegie-raw/vegetarian-recipes/salads/

 

http://lisaiscooking.blogspot.com/2009/07/black-bean-mango-and-jicama-salad-with.html

 

post #11 of 60

If we ever get some propane we'll be bbqing tonight. Potatoes/carrots/onions in a horseradish dijon sauce. Beets w oil s&p. Corn on the cob. Tossed salad w organic greens,tomato,raspberries,radishes,cuke,black beans, crushed up stale tortillas(lol) and a mango dressing. Dessert tonight is a plum,raspberry,apple crumble.  

post #12 of 60

Mu shu veggies with tortilla wrappers and tofu instead of egg tonight.

 

Last night we were at the state fair, so I packed corndog cupcakes, apple sauce and baby carrots, plus we had kettle corn and cotton candy for dessert.

 

The night before that was capellini pomodoro, white beans with garlic, lemon and oregano and sourdough bread.

post #13 of 60
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Originally Posted by SundayCrepes View Post





Please share the specifics. We are gluten free and just went dairy free. What crusts? Where do you get cashew cheez?

 

I'd like to try this and would love it if finding these ingredients was easy.


 

Our favorite crusts are made by a small company called "Living Spoonful's". They are the best tasting crusts for the cheapest price. You can find them online for sure, our favorite store is called, "The Raw Food World". We also like Lydia's sunflower crusts and Mauk Family Farms raw mineral crusts (Those two brands are available to me in our local health food stores, so I tend to buy those more often).  They are also pretty easy to make, but since they are raw, you need a dehydrator.

 

Cashew cheez is really easy!! Here is a basic recipe that everyone in my family REALLY likes:

 

3 cups cashews (If you have the time, soak them in cool water for 4 hours ahead of time...makes a really smooth cheeze)

3 cloves of garlic (we LOVE garlic...so we use 6 yummy.gif)

2 tbs. lemon juice

salt to taste

 

Throw it all in the food processor or high speed blender and blend until smooth!

 

It is really easy to make variations of this recipe too!

For "nacho" cheeze (for "quesadillas" or tacos etc.) I add  3 tbs. nutritional yeast, 2 tsp. cumin and 1 jalapeno

For "italian" cheeze (for zucchini lasagna, pasta, cheeze sandwhiches etc.) I add (dried or fresh) orregano, basil and sage

 

You get the idea thumb.gif

 

 

AND last but not least, tonight for dinner we had brown rice with a wilted kale and chard salad, fresh tomato straight out of the garden and raw corn on the cob...all drizzled in apple cider vinegrette!

 

 

You guys are making me hungry again!! Now I am craving Mexican food! I think I am going to make the rice bowls tomorrow night...

post #14 of 60
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Originally Posted by catnip View Post

Mu shu veggies with tortilla wrappers and tofu instead of egg tonight.

 


Recipe please!!

 

post #15 of 60
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Originally Posted by maciascl View Post

We had black bean, corn and zucchini enchiladas with green sauce topped with diced black olives, red onion, and avocado slices. The kids of course wouldn't touch it and had quesadillas instead.


These sound wonderful.  I have a bunch of fresh zucchini and never thought of adding it to enchiladas.  I have all the ingredients you listed.  How do you make your green sauce?
 

 

post #16 of 60

It was half a head of green cabbage, half an onion and a chunk of purple cabbage shredded with the food processor, a bag of broccoli coleslaw, tofu drained and crumbled. I tossed the tofu in the wok with a teaspoon of sesame oil, browned it a little, then added the broccoli slaw, cooked it until it started to soften, added a teaspoon of hot pepper oil, a big dollop of jarred minced ginger, a few cloves of garlic, a tablespoon of soy sauce and a tablespoon of hoisin sauce. Then I added the cabbage and onion and stir fried it until the cabbage was soft. I served it with tortillas, chili garlic sauce and more hoisin sauce. It makes a big bunch, but it is low calorie and mostly veggies, so I'd double it to feed more than 2-3 people.

post #17 of 60
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Originally Posted by dbsam View Post




These sound wonderful.  I have a bunch of fresh zucchini and never thought of adding it to enchiladas.  I have all the ingredients you listed.  How do you make your green sauce?
 

 

I used a caned sauce but it would be pretty easy to make a sauce with boiled or roasted tomatillos, chilis, onion, and garlic. Then blend it up with some cilantro, salt and lime juice.

 

Catnip: Thanks for the recipe. Mu Shu is one of DH & I's favorites. I've never thought to try and make it at home. It sounds pretty easy and cheap too!

 

post #18 of 60

I ma having a whole host of health struggles that I think are food related. I'm already GF and (mostly) DF but I am beginning to think I am going to have to drop eggs, all dairy and all grains as well. And beans. I have no idea what I am going to eat anymore.

Anyways....last night I had some slightly cooked spinach, roasted beets and a little bit of goat cheese on top. It was tasty, and the goat cheese made me sneeze and made my nose run, lol!

post #19 of 60
Thread Starter 

Boring salads for us tonight. I am also making my black bean taco rice for a friend that just had a baby. We would have had that too but the boys won't touch it.

post #20 of 60

tonight was my southern food craving... we had slow-cooked green beans, sauteed summer squash and corn bread... yummy!

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