When you’re craving the delicious flavors and unique textures of summer grilling but you’re short on time (or you don’t have the outdoor space for a grill), meet your summertime life saver: the grill pan. Grilling vegetables indoors will give them the same tender quality as cooking them on a grill, without the hassle of the setup or cleanup work.
Tag: meatless monday
Cheesy grits are a classic side to any breakfast dish at the diner, but they can also act as a mild base for a savory dinner bowl. With the addition of some light protein and garden-fresh vegetables to this comforting favorite, grits can be reborn as a flavor-forward meatless dinner.
Orzo has a reputation as a pasta ideal for soups, but the rice-shaped noodles can also star as the base of a great pasta salad. Since orzo is small in size, it can be mixed with other salad fixings, like fresh vegetables and cheese, without overshadowing them. And although mayo-based dressings are a classic standby, swapping them for an oil-based dressing can lighten up the dish without skimping on flavor, as it does in Giada De Laurentiis’ pasta salad (pictured above).
Summer is nearly here, but that doesn’t mean you can’t indulge in comforting fare, especially when it stars seasonal produce. This Risotto with Asparagus, featured in Food Network Magazine, uses two kinds of cheese, nutty Parmesan and tangy Robiola, to pack in plenty of flavor and lend the signature creamy texture that risotto is known for. Using an aromatic thyme-and-asparagus broth instead of the usual chicken stock to slowly cook the rice keeps this risotto meatless without skimping on any of the taste. Serve tender asparagus tips on top to add a subtle texture to the plate.
You’ve planned everything perfectly for your Memorial Day barbecue, but an entree for the vegetarians has you stumped? No worries: Portobello caps make a wallet-friendly and easy pick when you want to sidestep the burger meat. The mushrooms are meaty (but meatless) and satisfying, making them a go-to swap for even the biggest meat eaters. And since the portobellos are mild in taste, they’re incredibly versatile, so you can serve them with the same sides and buns as the rest of the burgers on the grill.
If you’ve just about had it with your usual salad routine of lettuce and dressing, it’s time to dress up your greens with one hearty, satisfying addition: falafel. Made with bold spices and mashed chickpeas, falafel are golf-ball-size rounds that boast all the heft of meat in your salad, without the actual meat.
You know those pasta salads in which elbow macaroni are caked with gloopy mayonnaise and mixed with too-crunchy carrots and celery? This pasta salad isn’t that — at all. Food Network Magazine reworked the traditional picnic side dish into a lighter, fresher alternative, and there’s not a dollop of mayo in sight.
Now, this is a kind of steak that we crave come Meatless Monday. Instead of beefy chops, make vegetables the star of the meal, as Valerie Bertinelli does with this fuss-free dish featuring cauliflower from Food Network Magazine.
Say goodbye to everything you know about enchiladas, because Marcela Valladolid’s recipe for Kale-Potato Enchiladas Verdes is here to change the game for good. In place of the usual ground beef filling, she opts for a duo of veggies, and instead of blanketing the tortillas in a simple tomato sauce, she goes green with a tomatillo-cilantro sauce.
It’s no secret that vegetarians love tofu — after all, it gives a boost of protein to meals that would otherwise be lacking — but, believe it or not, even the meat eaters among us can and should enjoy the benefits of tofu. Yes, it’s chock-full of protein, meaning that it will keep you full. But beyond the functionality of it and into flavor, it’s a culinary blank canvas, which means that you can pair it with seemingly countless ingredients to complete your meal. When you’re shopping for tofu, keep an eye out for the different kinds of available. While silken tofu can be blended into smoothies, the firm and extra-firm kinds can star in soup, or be treated like hunks of meat, as they do in the recipe from Food Network Magazine pictured above.