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We've had a lot of meat dinners this week, and, frankly, we're tired of it. So, I need meal ideas for tonight.

Parameters: Dairy or vegan. Must *not* need rice because we've had rice every night since Thursday (Veggie curry, side dish for chicken, veggie curry, side dish at wedding, chili, chili.) Should be with fresh ingredients I can purchase on the way home and cook fast. Low fat is good. Low salt is better. I do want protein. Anyone have any good ideas with yogurt for a main course? Also, no fish because I'm making that on Thursday.

I can get a fair amount of Asian style sauces/ingredients in my local stores.

ETA: I knew I could count on you. If I were Catholic, I'd have the Lent thing covered. As it is - we're going to have an amazing Nine Days. And I'm saving this post in Memories.


What about something involving eggs? Fritata with fresh veggies, baked eggs in a bed of spinach, shakshuka?

A friend sometimes makes zucchini in a yogurt-based sauce, but I can't get the recipe quickly enough for your needs.

Cheese ravioli?

Eggs in spinach....that could be very, very yum. Fritatta we love. Shakshuka - we love it, but we just had chili two nights in a row, so spicy tomato sauce is out. I actually did consider it, though.

Eggs in spinach....that could be very, very yum.

It is. Spray a casserole, add raw spinach, crack eggs in (being careful not to break yokes), add your choice of flavorings (and optionally cheese), bake for about 20 minutes (at, um, 350? -- bake until the eggs are done but not too done).

Do you have the LowFat Jewish Vegetarian Cookbook? There's a recipe in that for kind of a sauteed chickpeas, zucchinis, and onions with dill that I love. It's good with rice, but it is also just good by itself. You could also alter it and use basil instead of dill, make a pesto sauce, and serve with noodles.

There's also the Veggie Lasagna Option. Red sauce or alfredo, either way.

Or Falafel. Not quick and easy, but good.

LowFat Jewish Vegetarian Cookbook? No, don't have that. That dish sounds yum. Something to consider.

Cellio beat me to the eggs suggestion :-).

Another option: refried beans (with cheese, sauteed peppers and mushrooms, shredded lettuce and diced tomatoes, etc) on tortillas. Using canned beans makes it fairly quick.

Or similarly, enchiladas stuffed with either black beans (and optionally tofu) or with a mix of ricotta cheese and spinach, with red enchilada sauce either way. Mix filling, roll 'em up, add sauce, sprinkle on cheese if using the first option, bake for a while.

Sound yummy.

another thought

a stir fry over fresh Asian noodles, with marinated or flavored tofu, or seitan.

Also, I've made ratatouille (or similar veggie dishes) and poached eggs in the liquid.

I second the stir-fry over noodles idea (I know of at least one OU brand of lo mein noodles).

Also, this mac & cheese recipe is quite good.

Hmmm ... remember that basil pasta recipe I gave you awhile back?

A refresher if you need it.


Tomato, coarsely chopped, to taste.
1 (16 0z) box of farfalle, penne, or other pasta, cooked.
Olive oil
Basil. (if using dried basil, use the sweet variety)
Shredded mozzarella or Italian cheese blend.

Saute cooked pasta in a skillet with olive oil and basil on medium high heat, till some of the pasta slightly browns. You may need to divide the pasta into halves or thirds to cook it all.
Spoon into bowls. Put leftovers in the fridge for later - it reheats beautifully.

Top with mozzarella to taste, microwave till the cheese is melted. Toss in a handful of chopped tomatoes right before you eat it.

Hmmm, you could also try making eggplant parm/ It can be baked to cut the fat. Or a bruschetta on good, crusty bread, with olive oil, tomatoes and roasted garlic?

Darn, now I'm hungry and it's a fast day! *sticks out tongue and grins*

a third thought

Baked potatoes with toppings: yogurt, cheese, broccoli, spinach, ricotta, onions, garlic, whatever.

Cheese quesadillas!

Butter a skillet, put in a flour tortilla, cover in grated cheese and the veggies of your choice, fold in half, eat with sour cream and salsa and guacamole.

You can have beans on the side if you want, too. Usually beans and rice, but you said no rice.

If couscous isn't too close to rice for you, there's always that. You can top it with chickpeas and vegetables. (onions, carrots, sweet potato, and zucchini are usual but I hate zucchini)

Looks like you already have plenty of suggestions though!

How about Pad Thai-styled noodles? Instead of fish sauce, use soy. Get the rice noodles ( shut up, the texture is different) and soak in hot water for about 6 minutes. Get a bag of frozen veggies. Get two eggs and a carton of tofu. Get some basil, if it avaiable fresh.

Cut the tofu into matchstick slices.

Beat eggs in a bowl.

Make sauce: about 5 tablespoon soy sauce, 2 cloves crushed garlic, a teaspoon hot pepper paste ( alternatively, crushed red pepper) 3 teaspoon ginger powder, 1 teaspoon sugar, tablespoon of crushed peanuts and peanut butter. Stir together.

Drain noodles, rinsed in cold water.

Heat a pan with a bit of oil. Cook beaten eggs quickly; set aside. Add a bit more oil, add tofu and fry for abouyt a minute until slighly browned and firm. Set aside. Now add a bit more oil and stirfry the veggies for a minute; now add the rice noodles and sauce. Add chopped basil at this point; and add the tofu and eggs.


imam bayildi.


(made it last night)


(is dead from deliciousness)

(plenty o'good recipes on web)

(here is one: http://www.livejournal.com/community/food_porn/987890.html )

it's not much on protein, and takes about an hour to make, so it might not work for you. (I only purged it for about 10 minutes yesterday, because I was in a hurry, but in my dutch oven it was done after being in the oven only 30 minutes, so.)

but it would be good with plain yogurt, or yogurt-with-cucumbers-and-mint.

Well, you wanted me to comment. Taking them in post order, eggs/spinach, basil pasta, Jacquez eggplant thing (which sounds like a tremendous amount of work), all sound good. So it's one of the first two, and the question is, do you want starchy or proteiny?

The egg/spinach thing sounded really good to me, too, and then I won't have to change the kitchen. Always a plus. So did the basil pasta, but I'll save that and Jac's eggplant for another week. :)

And after all the work I did cleaning the kitchen. She did say "cheese optional".

You cleaned the kitchen? Thank you!

Cheese, then. I'll go to Mountain Fruit and get good parmesan.

You are a good husband. :)

Isn't he, though? :)

Fresh broccoli is in season this time of year. It's good steamed. Soak it in cold water for ten minutes, trim the stems how you like them and cut slashes in the thicker ones. Steam for twelve minutes.

I thought vegan meant you couldn't eat dairy or eggs. *is confused* But since it looks like dairy is okay... cucumber sandwiches on rye bread with soft cream cheese.

I was just being lazy and not using the word "pareve", which means "not meat or dairy", but does include eggs and fish, except I didn't want fish because I'm cooking fish tomorrow.

And I *love* freshly steamed broccoli, although I've been microwaving it, too.

And she did sayd "Dairy or vegan". Read, people. Vegan ~=~ pareve, absent a few nits about grape products.

Which goldennotblonde did notice. So she can read.


I thought that grape products had to be hechshered, but were otherwise pareve?

Pretty much. I'm not sure what he's saying here.


sorry for the late reply, but haven't really been on LJ for a day or two...

my cousin gave me a Kosher Soups cookbook last night for my birthday -- want to give me an excuse to crack it open? if so, give me a specific ingredient to search ;)