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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Eggplant ‘meatballs’ & zucchini boats 

 

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What you need:
2 medium eggplants
about 1 cup panko or regular breadcrumbs
1 egg
1-2 tablespoons flax meal ( optional)
salt & pepper
1 cup parmesan cheese
parsley
garlic
coconut oil or olive oil

zucchini
grape tomoatoes
parmesan cheese
breadcrumbs
mozzarella
coconut oil or olive oil
salt & pepper

 

Eggplant “meatballs”
Preheat oven to 350
Take eggplants, wash and poke holes all over with fork
Place in baking pan , place in oven for an hour, turning occasionally.
When done, place to the side to let cool.
When cool enough, cut top off and peel skin. It comes off pretty easily.
Next rough chop and place in blender/food processor/ hand mixer ( whichever you have) with parmsesan cheese, parsley, garlic, salt & pepper. You can make it smooth or a bit lumpy.
Add to bowl then add egg, breadcrumbs. Mix in. Instead adding more breadcrumbs I decided to add some flax meal which helps binds them & its healthy for you. ( optional) You don’t want it too loose or too stiff.

Place coconut oil or olive oil in pan.
Roll eggplant mixture into balls, place in pan and cook until golden brown.
I have also done these in the oven.
Serve with tomato sauce.

I like these with zucchini noodles.

Zucchini Boats
Wash zucchini, cut tops of and then cut in half lengthwise
Scoop middle fleshy part with spoon . I like cutting down the middle with a knife then horizontal ( make sure not to go through) then scoop with a spoon makes it a bit easier. Keep the fleshy part and mix in with pasta, rice, eggs, soup whatever ! 🙂

Brush with coconut oil or olive oil . Sprinkle salt, pepper, & crush garlic.
Cut grape tomatoes in half & place inside zucchini.
Sprinkle some breadcrumbs .
Place in oven for 30 minutes.
Take pan out place mozzarella cheese on top & between tomatoes.
Put under broiler for a few minutes until cheese gets golden
Take out and feel free to sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

Plate & enjoy.