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Vegetarian Sunday Supper - Great for Meatless Monday! 
Sep. 29, 2013 8:02 pm 
Updated: Sep. 30, 2013 5:33 am

When you have people who are vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, and none of the above running around your household, it can be relatively complicated to try to put meals together that everyone can eat.  Lately, I feel like it's been a lot of trial and error in my home because it's hard to appeal to the masses.

I find that the best method to making sure everyone has enough to eat is to make a variety of dishes.  Sometimes, it seems I go overboard.  I can't help it.  I worry.  My kids need to eat.  It's a mom thing, I guess.

However, I know that the most important part of the meal together isn't the variety or making gourmet dishes, but to have the family together and at the table.  It's what my family did while I was growing up, and I think it's one of the most important times of the day with my kids.  Over time, with the busy schedules so many have, it's becoming a thing of the past, so making a point of having that meal together will create time for you to speak with your children, relax, and have some time away from the hectic schedule of life.  The most important things in life are the people sitting at that table with you.  No matter what else goes on in the world, they are what matters.

With my own efforts of trying to make supper an enjoyable time, experimentation is coming into play trying to find new things that my kids will be able to eat.  At the same time, I'm trying to meet dietary requirements that make me feel like I'm running some sort of restaurant more than a household.  So, I made up my mind to try to locate some dishes that may appeal to everyone.

Tonight, for our #SundaySupper , we went meatless.  I made two dishes from that are in the #MyPlate section.

The first recipe I made was Quinoa and Black Bean Chili.
I altered this one a bit.  I used one 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes and one 14.5 ounce can of chili tomatoes.  My supply of chili powder was low, and I only used two teaspoons.  I also cut down the cumin to two teaspoons.  I left out the corn because I don't enjoy it so much in soup.  I also left out the chipotle since I added a rather large jalapeno pepper and need to watch the "heat" when it comes to the kids.

The dish turned out well.  As it sat, the liquid disappeared into the quinoa.  I figured it would make a great wrap in a burrito for the next day.  As long as you eliminate the optional cheese in the end, you have a nice vegan dish.  If you're just going vegetarian, why not add some cheese and sour cream to that burrito idea?

The next dish I made was cheese overload....not that I'm complaining!  If you love a cheesy dish, this is a good one to try.  An overabundance of zucchini and some leftover rice will come in handy as well.  This dish is called Zucchini Herb Casserole.


You really can't go wrong with this one if you're using fresh ingredients.  I used extra sharp cheddar and doubled the recipe.  I'm sure a recommendation might be to cut down on the cheese.  If you're a cheese lover, you will throw caution to the wind.  Also, this would be a good dish to try out some other cheeses and add different vegetables.  In the future, I'll add more rice to it because it could handle extra rice (maybe even twice as much).

If you're doing a #MeatlessMonday , why not give one of these recipes a try and put your own spin on it?  I'd love to hear how it goes!

I am an Allrecipes Allstar Brand Ambassador (a volunteer position), and I am not compensated for my work with Products received from advertisers are only used for experience-based reviews on my personal blog. The reviews, content, and opinions expressed in this blog are all my own.

Sep. 30, 2013 4:29 am
WOW!!!!! Beautiful photos there :)
Sep. 30, 2013 5:33 am
Thanks, mauigirl!
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I love to bake breads, cookies, cakes, and pies. I have a smoker and love to grill. Whenever I want some company, I fire up the smoker and make my own homemade BBQ sauce for pulled pork. If that doesn't get you company in NY, nothing will. I create my own recipes, but love learning from other people. I love to see ideas, promote them, and share creativity. I can't think of anything I don't enjoy making. I just love trying to make anything. Holidays are some of my favorite times of the year. Allrecipes contains the secret to my success regarding making succulent turkey (yes, I once was a dry turkey person- NOT ANYMORE). I enjoy coming up with new ideas, new ways to use products, and I always like to test out new items that hit the shelves at the stores. I consider my kitchen to be my laboratory. However, I'm not opposed to quick and easy meals when life makes the call for it! After all, life was meant to be enjoyed...and, sometimes, that means quick and easy meals!
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Holidays and birthdays are my favorite times of the year. I enjoy making old family favorites and spending time together with my family. For Thanksgiving, I turned to Allrecipes years ago and discovered what putting a turkey in a brine can do. I tried it that year and never turned back. My husband proclaimed that I made the best turkey he ever ate. So, every year, I cut up all the vegetables ahead of time for the Thanksgiving meal. Then, I put the remains into a stockpot and create my own vegetable stock for a turkey brine. After soaking the turkey, I cook the turkey in a bag to make the most succulent turkey around. It's so juicy that it's hard to believe it's Thanksgiving - and there's no need to buy a special brand of turkey to get this result. I also love the old family go-to recipes. However, for stuffing, I found that making a homemade Challah bread creates the most unbelievable stuffing ever. Using a bread machine can make the whole process easier. You won't regret it!
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I started creating my own recipes when I had to live out of a pantry with little funds. I enjoy being creative, and this led to me becoming published. Later, I became an Allstars Brand Ambassador. I love the program because it let me be a part of a company that I respect and love so much in a way that I couldn't have imagined. Being a Brand Ambassador has been such a huge honor and great experience. I've met so many wonderful people due to it, and was thrilled to have the opportunity to represent Allrecipes through roasting pumpkin seeds on the Better TV show. I just want to give a big shout out to Better TV for giving me the opportunity to represent Allrecipes - a website I've been visiting for over 15 years. Here are the links to the pumpkin seed roasting:
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I started cooking at a young age, and most of my mistakes took place during that time period. As a child, company was constant in our home. My mother knew I loved to cook and asked if I could make some of my Blonde Brownies for dessert that night for our company. I was 12 years old, and gladly started to prepare the dish. Unfortunately, my mother was out of vegetable oil. I went to the fridge and took out some reserve oil she had filtered after using it for deep frying. I figured it was still good and added it to the brownies. That night, when dinner was finished, the brownies were brought out. I took a bite of mine, and dropped it on the plate. The company ate the brownies and stated how good they were. My brownie had a horrible taste. It was at that moment that I realized the reserved oil was from my mother frying fish. Never again did I test the waters of used oil.
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