Family-Style Meals — Meatless Monday

by in Recipes, May 7th, 2012

macaroni and cheese
On busy weeknights, there’s just no time to fuss with intricate, individually plated meals or time-sensitive dishes. Instead, you want to reach for recipes that encourage simple, family-style eating, in which there’s a big-batch dish in the middle of the table and your family can help themselves. Check out our three rustic, wonderfully informal dinners below and let us know what you’re making for Meatless Monday tonight.

Ina’s classic, deliciously gooey Mac and Cheese (pictured above) is a five-star fan favorite with almost 700 user reviews. She prefers a combination of Gruyere and extra-sharp cheddar cheeses to form the basis of her family-friendly recipe — the rich, nutty Gruyere balances the bite of the cheddar. Before baking, she arranges sliced fresh tomatoes atop her pasta-cheese mixture and dusts it with white breadcrumbs to add a barely there crunchy texture.

Giada’s Vegetable Casserole is another family-favorite recipe that can feed a crowd. She tops a layer of hearty potatoes, carrots, yams and peppers with sweet onions, chopped zucchini and tomatoes, and bakes this healthful dish until the veggies are tender and the Parmesan cheese topping golden brown. A final sprinkle of fresh basil finishes the dish before serving.

Loaded with spiral-shaped noodles, fresh vegetables and a mix of creamy ricotta, mozzarella and pecorino cheeses, Food Network Magazine’s Baked Cavatappi With Artichokes and Fennel is one pasta dish that parents and kids will both enjoy. Once you take this casserole out of the oven, let it rest for just 15 minutes, so that the cheeses have a chance to harden a bit.

Meatless Monday, an international movement, encourages people everywhere to cut meat one day a week for personal and planetary health. Browse more Meatless Monday recipes.

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Comments (3)

  1. clenda says:

    why not have diebete friendly recipes

  2. Veronica says:

    Re comment of your not having diebete (sig) diabetic friendly recipes…
    The name of the diabetic food game – from a Type 1 diabetic of 58 years – is to COUNT THE CARBS. You don't need any type of "special diabetic" foods. Don't fall for that trick. Know your daily carb limit; know how many carbs per meal and you'll do just fine. Read labels and how they translate to what you're eating. Tomorrow AM, enjoy that plain, cake doughnut, BUT remember it has 40 carbs. Did you use your b'fast carbs wisely? Count your carbs. You can do it.

  3. evers says:

    Re: counting carbs for diabetics.

    I am no expert on anything, but I know what works for my husband and me. My husband is a Type 2 diabetic. Our diet now focuses on vegetarian, high fiber, low-glycemic dishes although we do include meat sometimes. We also eat lots of fish. Typical day for him is oatmeal with raisins and maybe a banana for breakfast., Lunch is almost always a sandwich plus an apple AND an orange. Dinner might be quiche, a salad, and asparagus . Or maybe mac and cheese (made with low-glycemic pasta) and two veggies. Later he may have sugar-free pudding, a fruit smoothie, or sugar-free yogurt. Definitely not low carb.

    His doctor says his blood-sugar counts are so good he will never have health issues caused by his diabetes and that he should be teaching classes. He takes an extremely low dose of medication once a day. Of course that makes a big difference. But it also makes a big difference in his testing results if we go off the diet we designed for him.

    I don't know that what works well for one person works well for another. I'm also under the impression that Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes are pretty different. I do think that we all need as much information as possible to determine what foods are best for us as an individual. Best wishes for your continued good health!

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