Vegetable Meals for dinner
Though many Mexican dishes revolve around meat, there are a wealth of vegetarian options, as Lorenza Muñoz explored in her article on Mexican vegetarian dishes for Food not too long ago. She wrote, "Indeed, Mexicans love their meat, and the cuisine is renowned for its carnitas, tacos al pastor, beef stews and barbecued goat. But what about Mexican vegetarian meals?
"[M]eatless dishes actually have a long history in Mexican cuisine. The diet of the Aztecs and other Indians was heavy on grains, fruits and vegetables, and it wasn't until the Spaniards colonized Mexico that the carnivorous culture of pork and beef really became the backbone of what we now consider Mexican food."
Take her version of Mexican lasagna. Smoky poblano chiles are a perfect substitute for meat in this dish, a mixture of the slightly sweet, mild chiles and fresh corn lending rich depth of flavor. Layer lasagna noodles with the chile-corn mixture and a smooth, slightly tangy sour cream and fresh cotija cheese blend, topping with quesadilla and cotija cheeses and tomato sauce. Assemble the dish ahead of time if you'd like, so all you have to do is bake it when you get home.
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Or try her huitlacoche quesadillas. Huitlacoche, also known as corn fungus or corn "smut, " may not sound like your first choice for quesadilla filling -- and you can fill your quesadillas with whatever you like -- but huitlacoche lends a definite earthy richness to the quesadillas, and a robustness similar to truffles to the finished dish.
Finally, her zetas -- or, mushrooms -- with garlic and pasilla chiles make a hearty dish that works wonders as a side or main course, and the whole thing comes together in less than 30 minutes.
You can find all of the recipes below.
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Do you mean for dinner or snacks?2011-08-11 08:24:03 by skittyawesome
Snacks are easy. You know what? So is dinner. What kinds of things do you usually make for your family? We can help veganize those a bit. I'll bet you make a lot of vegan or at least easily veganized meals without realizing it. If all else fails you can usually rely on good old peanut butter and jelly sandwiches (unless of course she's allergic to peanuts).
If you just want a list of go-to cupboard staples that can be found at most any commercial grocery store to have on hand, you can stock up on Chunky Vegetable Soup, Top Ramen Oriental flavor (the blue pack, and make sure it's Top Ramen and NOT Maruchan), couscous, Uncle Bens or Rice-a-Roni long grain and wild rice or brown rice, most varieties of canned lentil soup, pasta and tomato sauce, plain chips, pretzels, crackers, etc
Looking for frugal, health make ahead meals2009-09-20 20:14:29 by redpenlady
Like a lot of people, I usually spend a portion of my Sundays cooking for the week ahead. I am getting a bit bored with my go-to dishes--calabacita con pollo (squash, corn, and chicken), chicken caldo (chicken vegetable soup), turkey meatloaf, ground poultry spaghetti, fideo (ground poultry and whole grain vermicelli noodles), stuffed peppers, chili, and picadillo (ground poultry with diced potatoes). Obviously, seafood doesn't work well for meals like this. I am trying to avoid eating canned soups, frozen dinners, or packaged luncheon meats--basically processed, convenience foods--for lunch
$25 for 63 meals?2011-06-11 09:31:39 by LADave
That is 40c per meal per person which pushes the possibilities pretty hard. For example if you buy milk for three bucks a gallon, that's almost 40c a pint, which is the amount you should get on a daily basis. Forget daily meat unless you can find chicken legs for 39 or 49c a pound.
Get (reasonably complete) protein mainly from eating grains and legumes together, supplemented with the protein in milk, or eggs. Eggs @ $1/dozen equals omelets for dinner entrees, 17c a serving. Since you're on such a tight budget, take along a calculator whenever you go shopping and figure out whether a particular item is in or out of budget