SPAGHETTI ROSTI WITH SPINACH AND TUNA

ANOTHER QUICK LENTEN MEAL!

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I USED ONE DISH AND COOKED IT IN THE MICROWAVE – THE RECIPE CALLED FOR SAUTEING THE ONION AND GARLIC IN A NON-STICK SKILLET THAT IS SUITABLE TO PUT UNDER THE BROILER BUT ALL MY SKILLETS HAVE PLASTIC HANDLES!! THEY MIXED EVERYTHING IN A LARGE MIXING BOWL THEN RETURNED THE MIXTURE TO THE SKILLET COOKING WITHOUT STIRRING ABOUT 10 MINUTES UNTIL SET. THEN THEY PLACED THE SKILLET UNDER THE BROILER UNTIL BROWNED. EITHER WAY YOU DECIDE TO COOK IT, YOU’LL LOVE IT!

8 oz whole wheat thin spaghetti cooked according to directions
1 small onion, finely chopped
1 Tbsp minced garlic
6 oz frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained (Fresh spinach would be even better!)
5 eggs, beaten
2 (5oz) canS tuna in water, drained
1/4 c shredded cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste (I always add at the table if needed)

I HAD LEFT OVER SPAGHETTI NOODLES SO I THREW THEM IN A 10″ GLASS PIE PLATE THAT I SPRAYED WITH NON-STICK COOKING SPRAY. I MIXED EVERYTHING IN THE PIE PLATE, COVERED WITH WAXED PAPER AND COOKED IN THE MICROWAVE ON HIGH 10 MINUTES UNTIL SET IN THE MIDDLE (ABOUT EVERY 2 MINUTES I WOULD STOP AND STIR A TOUCH).  IN THE LAST 2 MINUTES I ADDED A SLICE OF AMERICAN CHEESE BROKEN INTO 8 PIECES AROUND THE OUTSIDE EDGE FOR A BIT OF COLOR!

IT WAS EASY TO CUT INTO 6 WEDGES AND SERVE WITH A FRESH SALAD!

MY HUSBAND THOUGHT SOME FRENCH FRIED ONIONS WOULD REALLY SET IT OFF SO NEXT TIME I’LL MIX SOME IN AND THEN LEAVE SOME ON TOP TO GET CRISPY! GOOD IDEA HUBBY!

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WARM WHITE BEAN AND TUNA QUESADILLAS

 

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1 (15oz) can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
2 (5 oz) cans tuna, drained
1/4 c Miracle Whip
2 tsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp minced garlic
5 large (super sized) Azteca Tortillas
1 c shredded cheddar
1 c baby spinach leaves
1 c roasted red pepper or fresh red pepper slices
non-stick spray

tuna bean quesadilla

Preheat oven at 350 F. In a medium mixing bowl, lightly mash beans. Stir in next 4 ingredients. Evenly sparead tuna mix over 2 1/2 tortillas laid out on 2 cookie sheets sprayed with non-stick spray. Top with cheese, spinach, peppers and remaining tortillas. Lightly spray tortilla tops with non-stick spray and bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown. Cut into quarters and serve with salsa and sour cream.

ALSO SERVED WITH A FRESH SALAD!

ANOTHER GREAT LENTEN MEAL

VEGETARIAN MEALS: PREPARATION TIPS AND RECIPE

Vegetarian Meals: Preparation Tips

These suggestions may give you some new ideas for making vegetarian meals.

Beans


Try substituting beans for animal protein in all of your favorite dishes. For example, make black bean burgers instead of hamburgers, and bean enchiladas instead of traditional enchiladas. Even try mixing cannellini beans into your pasta or using kidney beans in place of meat in your favorite sloppy joe recipe.

Meat substitutes


Many meat substitutes are available at most major grocery stores. It is more than just veggie burgers anymore. Try meatless ribs, sausage, chicken wings, franks, and bacon or soy crumbles to replace ground beef.

Hearty vegetables

vegetables
Try using heartier vegetables, such as portobello mushrooms and eggplant, to create filling, healthy meals. Use these vegetables to replace meat in your favorite dishes, such as lasagna.

Tofu

tofu
Tofu picks up the flavor of any other ingredient that it is mixed with. If you mix it into a stir-fry, it will pick up the flavor of the soy sauce, and if you mix it into a fruit smoothie, it will pick up the flavor of the fruit. This versatile ingredient adds protein to any dish. You can even use soft tofu to create a vegetable dip for a fast and easy snack.

Grilled vegetables


Grill vegetables and top with cheese to make a fast and easy sandwich. It is especially tasty to brush the vegetables with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar before grilling. As an alternative, make marinated shish kebabs for a quick meal.

Soups
Enjoy split pea soup, lentil soup, or meatless chili, paired with whole-grain bread for a satisfying meal.

Ethnic foods
Experiment with different ethnic food dishes. For example, many traditional Middle Eastern, Asian, South Indian, and Mexican dishes are vegetarian.

Flavorings
Try a variety of flavored oils, vinegars, cooking wines, fruit and vegetable juices, herbs, and spices to liven up vegetable-based dishes.

Calcium
If you are trying to avoid cow’s milk, consume calcium-fortified soy milk, orange juice, breakfast cereals, bread, or other products to make up for the loss of calcium in your diet. In addition, include the following calcium-rich foods (1 cup of cooked or 2 cups of raw):

  • Bok choy
  • Broccoli
  • Collards
  • Chinese cabbage
  • Kale
  • Mustard greens
  • Okra

Nut butters


Use peanut, almond, and cashew butters to add a touch of sweetness, “staying power,” and nutrition to oatmeal, stir-fries, smoothies, etc.

COOLER WEATHER IS COMING! TRY THIS HEARTY VEGETARIAN CHILI MADE WITH TOFU CRUMBLES!  This cooks in the Crock Pot all day.

chili

1 (16oz) bag frozen onion and pepper stir fry mix
2-3 cloves garlic, minced
1-2 jalapeno peppers, minced (add more if you prefer a hotter chili)
1 (15oz) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15oz) can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
1 (12oz) can tomato paste
1 (28oz) can tomato puree
1 can Campbell’s Tomato Soup
1 (12oz) bag Morning Star Tofu Crumbles (Can use other brands)
1 Tbsp cumin
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
5-6 tbsp chili powder

You can add portobello mushrooms or celery and carrots or even another can of beans. Place all together in the Crock Pot and stir to combine. Cook on Low 8-10 hours.

ENJOY CUTTING DOWN ON MEAT AND ADDING GREAT, FLAVORFUL ALTERNATIVES!