NORTHWOODS COOKS: Sample some meatless meals
Eating vegetarian meals can stretch the food budget and add important vitamins to winter cuisine.
Whether opting to eat exclusively vegetarian or having a few meatless meals each week, these recipes from 30 simple meatless meals featured on eatingwell.com are a good place to start.
4 (8-inch) whole-wheat tortillas
1 cup sautéed peppers and onions
1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 cup guacamole
4 Tbsp. salsa
Lay tortillas on a work surface. Spread peppers and onions on half of each tortilla, dividing evenly. Top with cheese, dividing evenly. Fold the tortillas in half, pressing gently to flatten.
Heat a large griddle or skillet over medium heat. Cook 2 of the quesadillas until crispy on the outside and the cheese is melted, 2 to 4 minutes per side. Repeat with the remaining 2 quesadillas. Let the quesadillas cool for 1 minute before cutting into wedges to serve. Serve with guacamole and salsa.
Black Bean Wraps
1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 Tbsp. white-wine vinegar
2 cloves garlic, peeled
1 tsp. ground cumin, divided
1/2 tsp. salt, divided
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
3 cups chopped romaine lettuce
1 cup chopped radicchio
1 cup sliced radishes
15-oz. can no-salt-added black beans, rinsed
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1 ripe avocado
1 Tbsp. lime juice
4 (8-inch) whole-wheat tortillas or wraps
Combine cilantro, vinegar, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon cumin and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a mini food processor and pulse until finely chopped. With the motor running, slowly stream in oil. Transfer the vinaigrette to a large bowl. Add lettuce, radicchio and radishes and toss to coat.
Mash beans, chili powder, garlic powder, the remaining 1/2 teaspoon cumin and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Mash avocado with lime juice in a small bowl. Spread some of the mashed beans and avocado over each tortilla. Top with the salad and roll up.
Broccoli Cheddar Quiche
3-1/4 cups shredded sweet potato (about 1 large)
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 Tbsp. grated Parmesan cheese
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
2 cups broccoli florets
3/4 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
3 Tbsp. chopped shallots
4 large eggs
1 Tbsp. sour cream
1 cup low-fat milk
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
To prepare the crust: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Coat a 9-inch deep-dish pie pan with cooking spray. Stir sweet potato, 1 egg, Parmesan, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper together in a medium bowl. Transfer the mixture to the prepared pan and press it evenly into the bottom and up the sides of the pan. Bake until the crust is set and begins to brown around the edges, about 25 minutes.
To prepare filling and bake quiche: Evenly scatter broccoli, cheddar and shallots over the crust. Whisk eggs and sour cream in a small bowl until smooth. Whisk in milk, salt and pepper. Pour the egg mixture over the other filling ingredients. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees. Bake the quiche until the filling is set in the center and beginning to brown slightly, 35 to 45 minutes. Let cool slightly before serving.