Muffin Meals

No, these meals won't be muffins but Muffin is one of my nicknames. Besides, it sounds cute! After viewing the Vegan Lunchbox site, religiously, my Husband wants me to post my own menu. I will try to post one meal each day. I hope I inspire people to have creative and healthy home cooked meals. I think that even if you aren't a vegetarian, you'll like the meals I present. I do feature dairy products and eggs in my food from time to time, but will try my best to present vegan dishes as well.

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Opps, a not so great one

I really like summer squash casserole. However, this one wasn't so good. I used matzah meal in place of the bread crumbs, and I think I put too much in, as it was too dry.

The vegetables on the side where good.

Well, here is the recipe, as I have made it successfully before. As usual, I substituted the liquid dairy for soymilk with a couple tablespoons of cornstarch.

Squash Casserole


Serves 8

* 2 pounds yellow squash or zucchini, (older larger squash may be used here), cleaned and cut into 1/2-inch rounds
* 1 yellow onion, peeled and cut into large dice
* 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
* 1 1/2 cups fresh breadcrumbs
* 3 large eggs, lightly beaten
* 1 cup heavy cream
* 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves
* 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
* 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
* 1 cayenne pepper


1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Place squash and onion in a medium saucepan, and cover with water. Add 1 tablespoon salt, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Drain well, and transfer to a large bowl.
2. Add 1 cup breadcrumbs, eggs, cream, thyme, 1/2 cup cheese, black pepper, cayenne pepper, and remaining teaspoon salt. Gently stir to combine. Pour into a 2-quart shallow baking dish. Spread remaining 1/2 cup cheese and remaining 1/2 cup breadcrumbs over top. Cover, and bake until set, about 30 minutes. Uncover, and continue baking until top is browned, about 10 minutes more.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Oven Baked Fries, a great side!

Yes, its been a while. But that's because this picture was taken of a meal just before a camping trip. Which was followed closely by another camping trip the next weekend, where I got slightly hurt. I bruised my bottom. And that made it hard to sit and write this up.

So now I am writing this up for all of you.

Here we have a nice summer meal, great for a barbeque. A Vegan Burger, steamed corn (you could roast yours over coals if you'd like), and oven baked fries.

The Fries make a great compliment to many meals, and this version has very little fat. Plus they are seasoned by herbs. Thyme and Rosemary make a great combonation, or you could use what we do, which is your basic italian combo, basil, garlic, oregano, and paprika.

You will need:

1 potato, cut into strips or wedges.
Herbs, whatever you choose.
Non-Stick oil spray.
Salt to taste

Spray a baking dish with nonstick spray. Lay the potatoes out, in one layer. Sprinkle with herbs and salt. Bake at 450 for 15-20 minutes, or until potatoes are soft and turning golden brown.