Sunday, October 17, 2010

Vegetarian week 2

This was week 2 of our vegetarian experiment. Just like last week it had some more great meals and discoveries including:
  • Mushrooms. I always thought of them as a garnish, but they hold their own too! (apparently 5 mushrooms have more potassium than an orange).
  • Kale. Good for you, but we still haven't discovered a great way to prepare it. We tried baking as chips, but the aftertaste left something to be desired.
Our three favorite meals this week:
  1. Crockpot corn chowder- an old favorite, but with cabbage instead of bacon this week.
  2. Broccoli Cauliflower bake- Yum, and I'm not a huge cauliflower fan.
  3. Golden Mushroom Pasta- with mushrooms substituted for the usual chicken.

Broccoli-Cauliflower Bake

4 cups broccoli florets

3 cups cauliflower florets

1 can cream of mushroom soup

3 oz. cheese

1 tbsp onion

1⁄2 tsp. dried basil, thyme, or marjoram

3⁄4 cup soft bread crumbs

1 tbsp. butter or margarine melted

In large saucepan, cook broccoli and cauliflower in boil- ing water 6-8 minutes or until almost crisp-tender. Drain and remove from pan. In same saucepan combine soup cheese, onion, and seasoning. Cook and stir until bubbly. Stir in the cooked vegetables. Transfer to casserole dish. Combine bread crumbs and butter and sprinkle over mixture. Bake at 375 for 35 minutes or until heated through.


  1. Thanks for sharing the recipes! I'd love the other recipes, too!

  2. We've done vegetarian weeks before, and I could never eat enough to be full. Or my stomach would get full, but I'd be hungry an hour later. Of course, we don't eat cheese/milk/butter either, so maybe that helped your diet. Did you find this was an issue for you?

  3. Tiffany- we didn't have an issue with it, but the reason is that rather than taking out the meat, we substituted it for other things. The website we found, has a rating for how nutritional AND how filling things are. That's how we discovered that mushrooms and cabbage are great for both! (surprisingly chicken hit much lower on the filling scale).