Menu of the Week: Featuring my new Favorite Vegetarian Meal

• 05 April 2012




In case you're in need of some dinnertime inspiration...I made several new things this past week as I found myself becoming a bit bored with our usual fare.  Hopefully you'll find a few things that speak to you as well!  Bon appetit mes amis!

Easy French Bistro Dinner - Because this was a meal I made often in France, it brings back so many memories when I make it here.  My children love this sauce and want to pour it on everything...and they pretty much do!  Make your own crème fraîche to save a few bucks.

Slow Cooker Tikka Masala - I'm always on the lookout for a good slow cooker meal, but find am often left disappointed.  This one was pretty good and while I enjoyed it just fine, I probably won't make it again because not everyone was on board.  If you do end up making it, don't omit the cucumber side--it's a very nice addition.

Roasted Kale with Caramelized Shallots, White Beans and Egg - this is my new favorite meal when I can find good, organic kale on sale (they say kale is one of those things you really should try to purchase in the "organic" section).  It's healthy, filling and even gluten free!  I've been happy to eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner!

Lemon Penne with Sausage + Broccoli - When I spotted this recipe in Everyday Food, I knew I had to try it...I love sausage, broccoli and even anchovies!  It was pretty darn good, especially when I subbed in some lemon penne a friend brought back from Italy for me (thanks Christine!).  My husband was going crazy for it.  Note: I did not tell anyone it contained anchovies :)

Easy Mediterranean Lunch - except I made it for dinner :)  In fact, I've made this several times this month--mostly for lunch.  It's quick to pull together and saves me from yet another pb+j.  The feta in brine at Trader Joes is seriously awesome and I can't seem to get enough of it (the next recipe is case in point).  In the summertime, I plan on roasted tomatoes to add to this.  It's just so hard to get excited about the tomato selection at this time of year.

Poached Eggs in Tomato Sauce with Chickpeas and Feta - I think this has got to be one of my all-time favorite vegetarian meals--I say this after making it last night for the first time.  It was absolutely delicious!  And my kids all had seconds...some "thirds" and "fourths"!!  I omitted the jalopenos and subbed in diced tomatoes for the whole.  Worked like a charm and was delicious.  I will definitely be making this one again!  I served it with a loaf of crusty ciabatta and steamed broccoli on the side.  Great meal.



image 1 - Lisa Hubbard for Bon Appetit  /  image 2 + 3 = me

15 comments:

jeni said...

oh my goodness, that poached egg recipe reminds me of this amazing dish that I just had. totally gonna try it.

Lisette said...

I am always on the lookout for great vegetarian dishes. Thanks!

marian said...

We eat your French bistro meal about twice a month - always a request from Ryan - yummy.

dervla said...

wow, i love the look of that tikka masala recipe, might just break out my slow cooker once again. And poached eggs? Yum!

yours truly said...

My mouth is totally watering. AND, I just pinned them all. Thank you once again for supplying me with my dinner ideas:)

Alison B said...

Thank you!! My kids (2 and 5) gobble up the Chicken Tikka Masala at our favorite Indian Restaurants - I've been wanting a good home-cooked version; can't wait to try it out.

Stephanie said...

Oh good you guys! I'm so glad you found something that speaks to you...that was the whole point! Thank you for piping in...really appreciate it.

Mary said...

This has a lot of great ideas. I especially love finding new and unique vegetarian meals, and I am definitely trying that last one!

Nora said...

I made the eggs in chickpeas and tomato sauce last night. I got involved in an in-depth conversation and forgot to set the timer for the eggs, so they totally got over cooked, but it was STILL utterly delicious. And so easy! Thank you for sharing these. We'll be doing a french bistro tonight (with four inches of snow on the ground:)) Happy easter, steph! xoxo

Stephanie said...

Mary, you need to! I am so happy to have found it. Such a keeper.

Nora, I totally did the same thing! Next time I'll set a timer. But I agree with you wholeheartedly that it was still delicious. I honestly can't remember the last time my son asked for 4ths. And it's such a healthy meal!

Sarah Jane said...

yummy!! such great recipes:)

mrs.fiorito said...

We had the roasted kale, white bean and egg dish Monday night. We loved it so much we are planning to have it again this week. Thanks for the recipe.

rachel @ blackeiffel said...

I've got to try that poached eggs one! I loved your veggie platter with hummus when I was there, so good.

Stephanie said...

Sarah Jane, thanks!

Mrs. Fiorito, I ate that today myself! Once I saw your comment I started craving it and hit the store on the way home from errands to pick up kale :) I am so glad you love it too! That's great to hear.

Rachel, you've got to try the poached egg one. We are having it AGAIN next week. Everyone liked it a lot and Luke seriously asked for fourths (or was it fifths?). xo

Rebecca said...

Planning to cook three meals from this menu this week. Thank you so much for letting the world benefit from all your foodie expertise. As you know, I love love love these menu's of the week. It makes my own meal planning so much less overwhelming. xoxo

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