Meatless meals

I’ve posted these on my blog before but have made them all this week and love how

 

 

What you need:

  • 3 cans of black beans  drained & rinsed ( you can also use 2 cans for a smaller batch)
  • Oatmeal 1/2-3/4 cups
  • Mushrooms about 1 1/2 -2 cups
  • minced garlic
  • Red bell pepper ( I only used 1/4-1/2 of it) This gives it more flavor
  • 1 Egg
  • Cheese ( I used cheddar)
  • Avocado
  • Salsa
  • Spinach
  • Hamburger buns ( love onion buns)
  • Olive oil
  • Seasonings & spices I used salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder

Add 2 cans of black beans, mushrooms, oatmeal, garlic, seasonings, & egg in a blender , immersion blender, or food processor until mixed.   Add the whole can of black beans. If too mushy you can add some oatmeal.

You can either make these in a pan, grill pan or like I did oven.
Preheat oven to 350
Coat a cookie sheet with olive oil or cooking spray. Form patties and place on cookie sheet.
Put in oven for about 20-30 minutes. You want them to be firm.
If you want cheese, add cheese the last few minutes until melted.

I toasted my onion bun, placed spinach on top, placed black bean burger, top with avocado salsa mash.

I took half and avocado mash with fork until your desired consistency ( i like it a bit chunky) and added 1-2 tablespoons of salsa.

Tomato chickpea soup

 

So easy to make your own tomato soup!

What you need:

  • 6-7 overripe tomatoes
  • medium onion ( yellow or red) I usually use red
  • 2 cloves of garlic ( I have a jar that is already minced, I use about a tablespoon)
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 springs of thyme ( or a sprinkle of dry thyme)
  • 10 black peppercorns ( or use reg pepper)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 8 basil leaves ( or sprinkle with some dried)
  • 2 cups of vegetable or chicken broth

Preheat oven to 375.

In a large roasting pan or cookie sheet add tomatoes, onion, garlic, bay leaves, thyme, sugar, pepper, salt. & oil.

Cook for about 45 minutes.

Add chicken broth .  I recently bought an immersion blender which I love but you can also laddle some into a blender when cooled and blend in batches. Put in pot and add beans . Serve!

eggplant meatless balls

These are perfect for dipping and are so filling.

what you need
Eggplant
Parmesan cheese
Egg
Garlic
Italian parsley
Salt & pepper
Breadcrumbs (I used Panko)
Olive oil

 

Preheat oven to about 350

Cut eggplant into 1 inch pieces.  I sometimes just peel off some pieces off the eggplant

Toss eggplant in olive oil, salt & pepper and place onto cookie sheet.

Once roasted place in food processor or blender along with garlic, italian parsely, breadcrumbs, egg until blended.

Form into balls . Place on cookie sheet and bake until firm. 15-20 minutes.

Dip them in your favorite tomato sauce!

 

Broccoli Soup

Broccoli Soup

  • Broccoli
  • coconut oil or olive oil
  • 15 oz cannellini beans, drained
  • onion, diced
  • garlic, minced
  • Vegetable or chicken broth
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Parmesan Cheese

Steam broccoli

Put oil in pan.
Add onion until translucent.
Add garlic.
Add beans.
Add Add salt & pepper.
Add vegetable broth.

Use immersion blender or add batched to blender until pureed.

Add parmesan cheese. Mix

( the beans help make it creamy and thicker … and more filling. YUMMY!)

 

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Some of my go to quick, easy, delicious meals

Here are some of my go to meals for when I want something good.

Chicken Quesadilla

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Most of the time I have most of these ingredients at home. These are great for lunch or dinner.

  • Chicken
  • Tortillas
  • cheese
  • seasoning ( i used taco but feel free to use  fajita seasoning or even just salt & pepper)
  • veggies on hand . I used an orange & green bell pepper
  • avocado
  • salsa
  • oil

I like chicken tender since they cook faster. I add them to pan with a little oil.  As they are cooking I diced and added the bell peppers.

I then added the taco seasoning. Once the chicken was cooked I diced them up and put them back in the pan.

preheat oven to about 350

Next take a tortilla and place it on a baking sheet. Sprinkle a little cheddar cheese on half of the tortilla. Add chicken & veggie mix on top. Sprinkle a little more cheese. Fold over tortilla. If it doesn’t stay put , add a toothpick.

Place in oven and wait until it gets golden brown. I mash up an avocado & salsa to spread on top! Yum!

Roasted tomato soup

Tomatosoup

I shared this long ago when I first started this blog. Its still one of my favorites. Its very easy to make and healthy too!

If your store has a discount shelf for produce check there for the tomatoes. They are the best for this recipe.

  • 6 overripe tomatoes, diced
  • medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves of garlic , minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • thyme ( if fresh use 2 sprigs)
  • 10 peppercorns ( feel free to use regular pepper)
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1/4 up of olive oil
  • 8 basil leaves ( can use dried)
  • 2 cups + of vegetable or chicken broth
  • Optional * add beans at the end white beans are best chickpeas, cannellini , ect
  • Optional * dice a red bell pepper when you roast

Preheat the over to 375. In a large roasting pan add everything but the broth & basil for about 45 minutes until carmelized.

Let it cool down if you are using a blender. I do this different each time sometimes I will add the roasted tomato mixture and little broth to the blender or sometime just add the broth to the mixture then add to the blender. Whichever works for you.

Puree until smooth or your desired consistency. Add beans to make this healthier and even more filling.

Black Bean Burgers

Blackbeanburgers

Black bean burgers are sooo good! I love making them for people who might thin ‘healthy food’ isn’t flavorful , filling, satisfying. These are always a hit.  These do take a bit longer because of the dicing, blending, forming but well worth it.

  • black beans ( 2 x 15oz cans)
  • mushrooms handful
  • red bell pepper 1
  • 1 egg
  • oatmeal 1/2- 3/4 cups
  • cheese
  • spinach
  • salsa
  • avocado
  • onion rolls
  • salt, pepper, paprika, garlic powder, onion powder

Place about 1- 1.5 cans of beans ( drained) into a blender, mushrooms, oatmeal, seasonings, egg until somewhat smooth. place in a bowl and add the rest of the beans . If the mixture is a little watery, add more oatmeal.

Form into patties and place on a baking sheet, I sprayed some coconut oil  before placing them on the sheet.

In a preheated oven ( 350) place the patties in and cook for about 20-30 minutes , until firm.  If you want cheese the last few minutes add it, place back in oven until its melted.

I toast an onion roll, put down some spinach, add a patty, then make an avocado salsa mash on top.

I usually serve it with broccoli or zucchini ( or any veggie) & then make oven fries. One burger will fill you up. Left overs are the best !

Kale Chips

Kalechips

I need a huge oven to make these haha I LOVE kale chips. I devour them . Wash and dry kale. Break into pieces. Add a little olive oil to coat the kale. Sprinkle salt.

Place on a baking sheet and into a preheated oven about 350-375 . Keep an eye on them , they cook quickly 5-10 minutes. I once made a batch for a friend to try and she took to long and I ate the whole batch haha I had to make another one.

Tortellini with a ‘rustic’ sauce

Buitoni

It was late, I was hungry, and there was a deal on Buitoni pasta. I wanted something quick but good..taste and nutrition wise. I saw chicken & prociutto  tortellini . I thought it sounded  interesting.  As I was boiling the tortellini I made a sauce to go with it.

Chopped up 3 plum tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, olive oil, salt, pepper, garlic, a little sugar. Cook until your desired consistency. Before adding the sauce I tried a tortellini , it was really good. Added the sauce and it complimented it well.

You don’t always have to cook from scratch to have something good.  A mix of premade and from scratch is always a time saver and one of my favorite things to do when cooking.

What’s your favorite quick or healthy meal?

Black bean and brown rice burgers

Black Bean & Brown Rice burgers

Easy, cheap, fast, yummy!

Another pinterest find I found and tried- it’s a winner!

All you need is brown rice, black beans, onion, olive oil, & zucchini.

I also added some garlic, pepper, chili powder

Put on a some spinach & squeezed some lime when it was done.

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Using my new grilling pan from Vocalpoint & Farberware 🙂

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Cook about 1/2 cup of brown rice according to directions. Set aside and let cool off

Dice up an onion and half of a zucchini, put in pot until soft/ brown

Then add 2 cups of black beans 5-7 minutes

Take 2/3 of the mixture and put it in a blender ( this helps make the patties stay together)

Put back in bowl, mix in rice and allow to cool

Put oil in pan, form patties and cook  about 5 minutes on each side

Place on a bed of spinach or lettuce and enjoy.

I had an avocado to put on top but was so hungry I forgot about it.

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Grilling pan from Farberware ( & Vocalpoint) was so easy to clean up, one wipe and it was clean. I was also expecting some sticking because of the blended beans but nothing.You will read more about me using this grilling pan 🙂