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Old 06-05-2007, 06:27 PM   #1
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Default A Carnivore Prepares for Lent

I used to keep Lent according to one variant or another of the Christian tradition, but it fell by the wayside as I plunged into new motherhood. I would like to start it up again next year according to the medieval Catholic model, which is essentially eating vegan with the addition of fish. So I've been trying to test one affordable fish dish and one affordable vegan dish every week. (Tofu, for one, is right out of our price range.) I'll add vegetarian recipes here as I test and approve them in case somebody else can use them.

I am a lifelong meat eater, but my family treated meat more as a garnish than a main menu item. My husband, however, was raised by a father who told his mother when they married that there would be meat on the table three times a day every day as long as he was making money. The first time I served him a meatless meal, he looked at me like a dog forced to take a cold bath, but he has softened a bit since then. I'll include his opinions here as well.

SANTA FE STYLE VEGGIES WITH TORTILLAS

1 tablespoon olive oil or corn oil
1 bag "Santa Fe Style" frozen vegetables (or use 1 pound TOTAL whole-kernel corn, cooked black beans, chopped red sweet pepper, chopped onion, and broccoli florets)
1 dollop salsa, favorite kind
Chili powder, to taste
Warmed flour tortillas

Heat the oil in a large skillet or wok over high heat. Add the vegetables and stir-fry until thawed and separated. Season with salsa and chili powder and stir-fry a few minutes more until the vegetables are cooked. Serve immediately with tortillas on the side. Rip off a piece of tortilla as big as you want, spoon in some veggies, roll, and eat!

My Review: This recipe took 10 minutes, start to finish! It was delicious and filled me up. I was ravenous and the kids didn't want any, so I ate the whole thing, but it could serve at least two people as part of a meal.
His Review: N/A; he wasn't home.
Complete the Meal: Glass of milk (any kind--cow, goat, rice, soy, almond), piece of fruit. For a non-vegan option, try stirring an ounce or two of grated cheese, such as garlic jack, into the hot vegetables.
Costs: Less than $3.00, unless you eat a lot of tortillas.
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Old 06-05-2007, 06:35 PM   #2
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Were also Catholic observe a meatless fast every Friday, As DH was called to do so and I support his decession as his wife .. SO if you follow my frugal recipies thread you'll also get some meatless and much more "Vegan" style recipies we actually do total meatless. I'll anjoy getting more ideas though..

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Old 06-06-2007, 09:26 AM   #3
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We marinate veggies and put them on the grill for fajitas. Very tasty!
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Old 06-12-2007, 09:38 PM   #4
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BLACK-EYED PEAS DELICIOUS

The original recipe was submitted to Favorite Recipes Press by Mrs. Billy J. Hammond of Staples, Texas. Thanks, Mrs. Hammond, wherever you are! Here's my version:

Pick over, wash, and soak:

1 pound dried black-eyed peas

The next morning, drain the peas and put them in a slow cooker along with:

1 clove garlic, halved
2 bay leaves
1 tablespoon salt
Water to cover to the depth of a finger joint

Cook on Low all day long, at least 8 hours, adding water as needed. Peas should be very tender.

At dinnertime, chop:

3 sweet peppers
The same volume of onions
3 cloves garlic

Saute until soft in:

1/2 cup olive oil

Season with:

1/2 teaspoon ground sage
1 teaspoon salt
Black pepper to taste

Stir in:

3 tablespoons cider vinegar

Drain the peas. Pick out the bay leaves and discard. Gently stir the peas into the vegetable mixture. Serve over medium-grain rice that has been cooked just until done in water with oil (or margarine or butter) and salt.

Makes: Six hearty servings. Reheats well.
My verdict: YUM. I could eat this regularly. Don't skimp on the oil or salt; they really make the other flavors stand out.
John's verdict: "Maybe it's just that I'm really hungry, but that was great!" He even suggested reheating it INSTEAD OF having chicken!!! And he didn't even get out the ketchup!
Sophia's verdict: Didn't eat any; filled up on crackers before dinner.
Eva's verdict: Gobbled down a baby-sized serving and had some grass off the lawn for dessert. (We ate outside.) Ate a big baby serving the second day and begged for more.

Complete meal: Add a glass of milk (any kind) and a big hunk of chilled melon or papaya with lime juice.
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Old 10-31-2007, 10:27 PM   #5
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I finally have another one!

CROCKPOT DAL

Combine in a slow cooker:

1 pound dry yellow split peas
2 celery stalks -- finely chopped
1 large carrot -- finely chopped
1 medium onion -- finely chopped
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 tablespoon curry powder
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1 bay leaf
1/2 teaspoon salt -- preferably sea salt or the salt out of a bag of pretzels
2 quarts TOTAL broth and/or water saved from cooking vegetables and/or plain water

Cook at least 5 hours on LOW. Peas should dissolve. Serve with:

Hot cooked rice

DH's verdict: Great with ketchup.
My verdict: Pretty good, but it doesn't reheat well.
Sophia's verdict: Looked dubious, wouldn't touch it.
Eva's verdict: More, more, more!
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RED, WHITE, AND GREEN SKILLET DISH

Heat in a large skillet over medium heat:

2 tablespoons olive oil

Put in:

1 red onion, cut into crescents

Season lightly with:

Salt and pepper

Cook about 2 minutes, until the onion is no longer acrid. Add:

2 cloves garlic, smashed and peeled

Cook about 5 minutes more, until the onion has softened. Add:

4 cups cooked or rinsed canned Great Northern beans

Heat thoroughly. Increase the heat and cook until the onion begins to brown lightly around the edges. Reduce the heat to Medium and add:

2 bunches spinach, prepped for cooking
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

Cook just until the spinach has wilted. Taste and correct the seasoning with:

More salt and pepper

Serve with cornbread for contrast in color and texture. Or try crusty garlic bread.

DH enjoyed it and ate up the leftovers, but said it should be a side dish with pork. Kids wouldn't touch it. I like it--very savory.
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Old 04-16-2009, 10:40 AM   #7
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Default Re: A Carnivore Prepares for Lent

IT LIVES! Here's another one for the list:

Heat in a large saucepan:

2 tablespoons olive oil

Add and saute' until softened:

1 cup chopped yellow onion
Chopped sweet or hot pepper, with or without seeds, to taste (I used a bell pepper)

Add and saute' until fragrant:

2 cloves garlic, smashed

Add and stir well:

1 cup long-grain white rice
1 3/4 cups water or vegetable broth
1 cup salsa, any type
(1 cup chopped tomato)

Bring to a boil, stirring often, then add:

1 tall can black beans, drained and rinsed, or 4-5 cups cooked black beans

Cover, reduce heat to Medium-Low, and cook for 20 minutes. Let stand, covered, for 10 minutes off the heat and serve.

SERVES: Six.
COST: We bought most of the ingredients on sale, so I estimate $5 for the pot.
REVIEWS
Me: YUM. I could have stuffed myself. The salsa added just the right amount of heat and fragrance.
John: Good . . . but here's how you could have made it a real meal with assorted types of meat . . . but he didn't touch the leftover chicken in the fridge either.
Sophia: Doesn't like anything I make these days, so she had an apple for dinner.
Eva: Loved it! It tasted just like some canned spicy bean soup I used to buy (but it was a heckuva lot cheaper).
COMPLETE THE MEAL: Milk--any kind--or for a non-vegan addition, some grated Monterey jack cheese. Fresh oranges.
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