Monday, May 10, 2010

Spaghetti Pie

Sounds weird, huh? I've been posting a lot of foods that may sound strange, but really, give them a try! They're delicious! Anyway, this recipe is for spaghetti pie. This is a very good meal to make for any picky eaters. Basically, it's pasta, sauce, and cheese. Very easy to make, and very good! It reminds me of Chicken Parmesan, but without the chicken. I got this recipe from Okay, So Now You're A Vegetarian, by Lauren Butts.

1/2 pound spaghetti noodles
2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra for pie plate
2 large eggs, well beaten
1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup ricotta cheese
1 cup vegetarian marinara sauce
3/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1. Preheat oven to 350. Prepare spaghetti noodles according to directions on package.
2. While noodles are cooking, oil the pie plate. Beat the eggs in a small bowl and add 1/2 cup of the Parmesan cheese.
3. When noodles are finished, toss in a bowl with the 2 tablespoons of oil. Pour egg mixture over top of that, and toss until all noodles are covered in egg. Pour noodles into oiled pie plate.
4. Pour the marinara sauce over the noodles. Spread ricotta cheese on top. Put in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, then take out. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over the pie, and put back into the oven for 7 minutes.
5. Let cool for ten minutes. Put remaining Parmesan cheese on top, and serve.

As always, leave a comment and let me know how you liked this recipe!

**Make sure this is cooked all the way. If it's not, the eggs will be runny and it will be gross!**

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Potluck Survival Guide

Most of time, potlucks don't have very many main-dishes that do not contain meat. Unless of course, there are a lot of vegetarians there! Anyway, I thought I'd make a posts of good items to take to potlucks. They usually please everyone, and by bringing them, you know you'll have something to eat! Click on the food names to find a recipe for them.

~Fruit Salad
~Vegetarian Baked Beans

Hope this helps!

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Fruit Pizza

I was going through my posts, labeling them breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack or dessert, and I realized that apple pie was the only dessert I have posted! Of course, that may be a good thing, because dessert is the most un-healthy meal of the day, but what if you don't like apple pie? Haha, here's my solution... Fruit Pizza! It may sound odd, but it is excellent. It's really pretty, plus, very easy to make. Use whatever fruits you like!

1 roll of ready-made sugar cookie crust (you can make your own if desired)
1 can of cream cheese frosting
Sliced fruit such as...
  • Strawberries
  • Peaches
  • Kiwi
  • Pineapple
  • Raspberries
  • Blueberries
  • Mandarin Oranges
  • Anything else you like!
1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Roll out the cookie dough into a crust to fit a 12 inch pizza pan. Put in the oven and bake for 9-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Cool completely.
2. Frost with cream cheese frosting, then use the fruit to top the pizza. Enjoy!

Here are some ideas for "decorating" the pizza...
  • Use only one type of fruit. Once I made "peach pizza". It was great!
  • Use fruit that is the same color as the occasion. For example, use strawberries and blueberries for Independence Day.

Strawberry-Banana Smoothie

This is probably one of the most popular flavors of smoothie! I thought I'd post this because it's almost summertime, and this makes a really good lunch or snack on a hot summer day. By using tofu instead of yogurt, this can be made vegan. This makes 2-3 servings.

1 cup crushed ice
1 cup frozen strawberries
1 banana
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt or tofu
1/2 cup milk or orange juice (if you are making this vegan, then use orange juice)
1/2 cup orange juice
Sugar to taste

1. Put all ingredients in blender. Blend until smooth. Taste, and add sugar if needed. Pour into glasses and serve. Enjoy!

Leave a comment and let me know how you like this recipe!

Vegetarian Cesar Dressing

As you may know, Cesar dressing usually contains anchovies, which means you probably avoid it. Here's a recipe for Cesar dressing. The good news: it's completely vegetarian! I got this from Okay, So Now You're A Vegetarian, by Lauren Butts.

1/2 tsp minced garlic
2 tsp mayonnaise
Pinch of ground pepper
1/4 cup olive or vegetable oil
3 tbsp red wine vinegar

In a food processor, combine the garlic, mayo, pepper, oil, and vinegar. Process for 10 seconds or until the garlic is finely chopped.

That's it! Try making this ahead of time and storing it in the refrigerator, so you can use it whenever you want a salad. Enjoy!