When you have people who are vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, and none of the above running around your household, it can be relatively complicated to try to put meals together that everyone can eat. Lately, I feel like it’s been a lot of trial and error in my home because it’s hard to appeal to the masses.
I find that the best method to making sure everyone has enough to eat is to make a variety of dishes. Sometimes, it seems I go overboard. I can’t help it. I worry. My kids need to eat. It’s a mom thing, I guess.
However, I know that the most important part of the meal together isn’t the variety or making gourmet dishes, but to have the family together and at the table. It’s what my family did while I was growing up, and I think it’s one of the most important times of the day with my kids. Over time, with the busy schedules so many have, it’s becoming a thing of the past, so making a point of having that meal together will create time for you to speak with your children, relax, and have some time away from the hectic schedule of life. The most important things in life are the people sitting at that table with you. No matter what else goes on in the world, they are what matters.
With my own efforts of trying to make supper an enjoyable time, experimentation is coming into play trying to find new things that my kids will be able to eat. At the same time, I’m trying to meet dietary requirements that make me feel like I’m running some sort of restaurant more than a household. So, I made up my mind to try to locate some dishes that may appeal to everyone.
Tonight, for our #SundaySupper , we went meatless. I made two dishes from Allrecipes.com that are in the #MyPlate section.
The first recipe I made was Quinoa and Black Bean Chili.
I altered this one a bit. I used one 14.5 ounce can of diced tomatoes and one 14.5 ounce can of chili tomatoes. My supply of chili powder was low, and I only used two teaspoons. I also cut down the cumin to two teaspoons. I left out the corn because I don’t enjoy it so much in soup. I also left out the chipotle since I added a rather large jalapeno pepper and need to watch the “heat” when it comes to the kids.
The dish turned out well. As it sat, the liquid disappeared into the quinoa. I figured it would make a great wrap in a burrito for the next day. As long as you eliminate the optional cheese in the end, you have a nice vegan dish. If you’re just going vegetarian, why not add some cheese and sour cream to that burrito idea?
The next dish I made was cheese overload….not that I’m complaining! If you love a cheesy dish, this is a good one to try. An overabundance of zucchini and some leftover rice will come in handy as well. This dish is called Zucchini Herb Casserole.
You really can’t go wrong with this one if you’re using fresh ingredients. I used extra sharp cheddar and doubled the recipe. I’m sure a recommendation might be to cut down on the cheese. If you’re a cheese lover, you will throw caution to the wind. Also, this would be a good dish to try out some other cheeses and add different vegetables. In the future, I’ll add more rice to it because it could handle extra rice (maybe even twice as much).
If you’re doing a #MeatlessMonday , why not give one of these recipes a try and put your own spin on it? I’d love to hear how it goes!
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