Fast and Cheap Black and Kidney Bean Soup

It has been super cold today, so naturally I wanted something to warm us up after we went for our walk. This meal is super cheap, really easy, healthy and flavorful. I made two batches of it and switched some things around on the second go. Luckily, I have pictures of both so you can decide which one looks right for you to enjoy.

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Black Bean Taco Salad with 30 Second Salsa

Today has been very dark and rainy. I was going to make some fresh veggie burgers but I felt lazy. I decided to make a taco salad with whatever I had lying around. It actually turned out seriously yummy. I made sure to scribble everything down this time. Many awesome recipes have been lost by me getting carried away and not documenting it as I go.

 

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Veggie Burger “Meat” Ball Marinara Sandwich

When I was younger my mom made these huge meat balls that were easily one of my favorite meals that she ever created. Every time she cooked them I went nuts. She didn’t have to call me to dinner and beg me to eat, I was in the kitchen with a fork ready to go. I haven’t had them in years, and I never ate any other meat balls besides her’s. I was such a loyal child. For my birthday this year I wanted to recreate her old recipe. I also wanted it in a sandwich, because I never ever got to eat a meat ball marinara, and well, it’s too late to order one up now. What I came up with worked incredibly well the first time, so I thought I’d go ahead and share.

 

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Simple Vegetable Rice Pilaf

I have made this rice pilaf several times, and every time I have paired it with something different. It is great by itself, with beans on top, or even along side some BBQ seitan. I love it because 1) it automatically stretches any meal to save some money and 2) it has vegetables scattered throughout.

 

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BBQ Seitan Sausage with Yellow Rice and Baked Broccoli

I made about ten or eleven seitan sausages yesterday in my steamer and used them to make some delicious hot dogs. Today I had four left over and decided to do something different. I found some BBQ sauce and a stray onion and decided that would be enough. I also found a box of yellow rice that had fallen into the depths of the pantry to await my rescue. Today was it’s day to shine and I thought it went hand and hand with this BBQ sausage and broccoli. Quite filling on a rainy day, too.

 

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Lasagna with Sun- Dried Tomato Sauce

I have always failed at making lasagna. The first time I made it, it was a huge watery mess with mushy spinach. The second time, it was rock hard. I read up a little about lasagna, and found out some interesting things that I had been doing wrong. First off, I didn’t make sure to cover all of the pasta, so it was turning out super crunchy in some places on top. Second, I was using frozen spinach like many recipes suggested. Ugh. I found that fresh spinach is much better, and will leave you with a thick, lasagna like sauce instead of a watery tomato juice. Lastly, make your own sauce. Why not? You can personalize it and add a little spice if you really want. Now that lasagna and I are at peace, I’d like to share.

 

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Green Bean Casserole

” Who’s bringing the green bean casserole ? ” ┬áis a commonly asked question around holiday gatherings in many homes. The week after Thanksgiving last year, around my first few months of going vegan, I made this casserole and thoroughly enjoyed it. It gave me a little hope that there could be some delicious vegan food in my future. At first it was looking pretty grim, but almost one year later, I still love this recipe.

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