*Let me start my saying my family is not vegetarian. We don't each much meat, but a burger (which I will blog about at a different time) can be a good thing!
We love quesadillas. LOVE them! Many restaurants serve quesadillas piled with lots of gooey cheese, chicken or beef, sometimes bacon, and grill them in butter to make them extra crispy and delicious. And fat, calorie, and cholesterol-laden. Awhile back, I decided to create a recipe that not only gives us our quesadilla fix, but also contributes in a positive way to our health.
It's my first published recipe on AllRecipes, and many of you have already tried it (thanks!).
It's easy to customize by adding vegetables your family likes--
sometimes I just use mushrooms and zucchini for my daughter.
Follow this link for my Farmer's Market Vegetarian Quesadillas:
Another family favorite is chili. My husband used to LOVE beefy meaty chili--the meatier, the better. But, in my quest to serve healthier options that my family could enjoy, I devised a recipe to satisfy even the most die-hard meat fan (If they're open to try it). This is the only red chili we eat in our house now, and we have it at least once a month.
I like it in a taco salad, my husband prefers it straight, and
my daughter likes to decorate hers with shredded cheddar.
If you'd like to save it in your recipe box, you'll find the recipe here:
Fabulous Five Bean Vegetarian Chili
- 1 15 ounce can of black beans, drained & rinsed
- 1 16 ounce can of dark red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
- 1 16 ounce can of light red kidney beans, drained & rinsed
- 1 16 ounce can of vegetarian baked beans, excess liquid poured off
- 1 7 3/4 ounce can of garbanzo beans, drained & rinsed
- 1 8 3/4 ounce can of whole kernel corn, drained
- 2 14.5 ounce cans of no salt added diced tomatoes
- 1 28 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
- 1 1.25 ounce packet of reduced sodium chili seasoning
- Reduced fat sour cream, chopped chives, & shredded cheddar cheese(optional
- Combine all ingredients in your slowcooker, place lid slightly askew.
- Cook on high for 3 hours.
- If desired, serve with sour cream, chives, and shredded cheddar.
*You can add any herbs you like while cooking--basil, oregano, and parsley complement the flavor.
These recipes are very easy, and healthy alternatives to options that are not as nutritious.
Until next time!