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Meatless Monday II 
Jul. 5, 2010 6:38 pm 
Updated: Jul. 7, 2010 11:37 pm
That title is a bit of a misnomer I’m afraid. Tonight’s dinner wasn’t vegetarian because I used chicken broth, and for lunch I brought leftover chicken curry to work – so Monday wasn’t entirely meatless, but last night I made the conscious decision not to get some meat out of the freezer for dinner tonight because I wanted a meatless Monday dinner!

I had planned on making my mom’s favourite pasta dish from scratch (she usually buys a packet of spices for the sauce), but we didn’t have any fresh produce on hand and I didn’t have time to stop on my way home. Instead, I made my Creamy Garlic Penne and left out the chicken. This dish is super quick and easy to make – the longest part is boiling the pasta! I had to turn off the sauce while I waited for the pasta to finish, because it was getting too thick. I served it with spinach and mandarin salad, and homemade garlic toast made on leftover hamburger buns. I only burnt one piece of garlic toast this time which might be a record, usually 2 or 3 end up getting thrown out :( I am way too easily distracted!

As far as my vegetarianism experiment... while we haven’t cut out as much meat as I had hoped, I made 3 more recipes from my cookbook in the last week. We had my BF’s vegan family over for a vegan BBQ – not your typical BBQ with several types of meat to choose from and mayonnaise-laden potato salad! My boyfriend mixed up Jamaican Jerk Skewers and I made Peppers Stuffed with Vegetables and Rice. Later that week I also made some Brown Rice and Cheese Croquettes with some leftover rice.

The skewers were pretty good but took a lot of work – I’m not sure I’d bother when there are easier and more delicious marinades out there. The recipe called for broccoli on the skewers which I’d never had before – don’t try it! I was really looking forward to the contrast of colour and texture, but the florets turned to charcoal nearly immediately. The stuffed peppers were delicious and the filling was great just on its own (which is good, because the recipe made about twice as much filling as I needed). It tasted a lot like Mexican rice but with more vegetables in it.

The Croquettes were really not very good... They were hard to keep together and the cheese in the middle leaked out and made a mess. And dipping rice in breadcrumbs just seems strange to me. I won’t make them again, but I’m at least glad I tried them – another recipe to check off of my very long list!
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Jul. 5, 2010 9:34 pm
I believe we all need a break from meat once in a while. The skewers sounded good. I made croquettes once for the family and they hated them! One less thing I have to try and perfect. Your pasta looks good and I always use leftover buns,hamberger/hotdog,etc for garlic bread. Who cares if it's not on the right type of bread. Thanks for the chat PD!!
Jul. 6, 2010 7:34 am
Thanks Patty! I'll work on the jerk marinade and if I can get it to blow-me-away good I'll post my version :)
Jul. 6, 2010 8:10 am
Mmm that pasta sounds delish! Pasta with cream sauce (with or without chicken) is one of the few meals my whole family enjoys, including my super picky brother, so I saved that recipe to use some time in the near future when I need to make something he'll eat :) I like the idea of using sour cream. I've tried cream cheese in place of heavy cream, but I'm thinking we'll like sour cream better! Thanks for posting that recipe!
Jul. 6, 2010 3:48 pm
the joys of cooking is to find out what works for you and what does not. We are huge meat eaters but we also eat alot of veggies and fruit. My favourite quick meal is a from scratch pasta and sauce, it turns out different every time I make it because it depends on what is in the fridge. Enjoy your quest and keep trying new things
Jul. 7, 2010 11:37 pm
First, the pasta dish looks yummy! 2nd I subscribe to the Vegetarian Times magazine and love it! :)
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I'm a 22 year old novice cook - I live with my boyfriend in a small apartment with a teeny kitchen. Right now I'm trying to eat healthier and cut some meat out of my diet - I'm writing a blog about cooking my way through a vegetarian cookbook! I love trying new recipes, and adjusting them to suit my tastes.
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I love BBQing, making casseroles, and putting together any kind of soup. I'm also trying to get into baking - my kitchen is tiny so I have to use simple recipes, but I love making muffins and cookies to share.
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When I was little my mom taught me how to make brown sugar syrup for our homemade pancakes - everytime she made pancakes at home, I would make the sauce to go with them.
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Lasagna Day - My first ever dinner party in my apartment, I made spinach salad, stuffed mushrooms, lasagna from scratch, and apple crisp. It was a hit with my friends, I got so many compliments!
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When I was in high school I decided to make some cinnamon buns, but the only recipe I could find was a huge batch, so I cut it in half. However, when I went to mix the ingredients, I found myself adding the full amount of some but only half of others, and I couldn't remember how much of each I'd already done. I tried cooking them anyways, but they were terrible!
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