it’s a food post

Category: everyday | September 9th, 2013

zucchini tots
zucchini tots. yum.

i am not the type to take photos of the meals i make. 1) they usually don’t look that pretty and 2) i don’t have time for that. hah. but i do want to give a little shout out to all those awesome and talented food bloggers out there who actually take the time to post photos and recipes for everyone else to enjoy! the mister and i have been eating vegetarian for awhile now and i am so thankful for pinterest and all the yummy and new (and interesting) recipes out there. i knew i liked vegetables but after some of these recipes i realized i love them…even all the ones i turned my nose up to. oooh my close minded younger self. it’s funny how we change. but i sure am glad i did! i know my parents are proud….i might have given them a (very) hard time when it came to healthy food back in the day. haha.

i spend quite a bit of my time in the kitchen, but i love it. and thankfully i don’t mind cleaning up the (big) messes that the girls make while i am cooking. penelope has been helping me out when she can too….again, i don’t mind cleaning up the messes. ;) i know they probably get more out of the experience than i do. since i have been cooking with more and more vegetables i have found some pretty neat and time saving methods on how to cut/slice/chop them the proper way. i kind of just went with it before and managed to get what i needed, but then i youtubed a few (like bell pepperspepperstomatoes, etc.) and realized i was pretty much butchering the poor things. so yay for learning new things. ;)

if you follow me on pinterest then you’ll see my vegan/vegetarian board. i’ve probably made at least half of the recipes i pinned. there are some amazing recipes! but then again i love food so we might have a few different opinions. ALTHOUGH the mister has loved them (except for one, haha) and that says a lot because he’s not as open minded as me. ;) but i am very proud of him for trying them and eating them…and more importantly loving them. penelope actually eats most of the vegetarian meals too. sometimes if i know they are spicy or reaaaally flavorful then i will set aside a little bit of it without all the spices. can’t go wrong with some black beans. even some of the recipes are ruby approved. ;)

here are some of my favs at the moment. try them out! i bet you’ll be surprised….or maybe not. haha. but i’ll give you a high five for trying.
hummus and grilled vegetables pizza
1. hummus & grilled vegetable pizza (my fav at the moment! hummus instead of pizza sauce?? genius.)

cornbread salad
2. southwest cornbread salad

lentil rice cakes
3. lentil rice cakes

southwestern black bean burgers
4. southwestern black bean burgers

pasta primavera
5. pasta primavera + vegan pesto

slow cooker brown rice mexican bowl
6. slow cooker brown rice mexican bowl

cauliflower sauce
7. creamy cauliflower sauce (great with fettuccine and broccoli!)

oh and i love how almost all of the recipes have leftovers. i seriously try to only make meals that will have leftovers! hah. have any fun/new/not-so-time-consuming vegan/vegetarian recipes?? send them my way! :)