When we cook for each other as a vegetarian/omnivorous couple, it can be difficult to find meals that are culinarily interesting while still having enough protein and other nutrients to keep both of us satisfied- but that's why we started to blog in the first place! This is a light, tasty meal that's great for packed lunches and multiple meals.
We used a vegetarian meat-grain sausage that's made with eggplant, garlic, fennel, and enough spices and texture to liven up the dish. We've found that "replacing" meat with substitutes like grain sausage, soy protein, or seitan won't usually fool a meat-eater- it's better to just appreciate those ingredients for what they are, rather than pretending they're something that they aren't.
Asparagus & Veggie Sausage Pasta
While writing this post, the first hints of sunshine and warm weather are appearing in our neck of the woods. This is a great springtime recipe, especially once broccoli is in season, but tastes pretty great any time of year.
You can adjust the filling with different vegetables, depending on what you like (asparagus, leeks, and zucchini work pretty well too). We've also tried some different cheeses- mozzarella and Swiss are tasty options, but any kind of milder white cheese is worth a try. Cheese is great, isn't it? HOORAY CHEESE.
Broccoli & Swiss Quiche
This one was a bit of a challenge. We've never tried making seitan before, and weren't sure what to expect. But the experiment turned out well, and we'd definitely make it again! Now that we know what we're doing, we've put together a recipe we think you'll love. We paired it with some broccoli on the side, but it works well with lots of different vegetables or side dishes.
Seared Seitan with White Wine Mushroom Sauce
Y'all, slow-cooker recipes are just the best. There's nothing like prepping a few ingredients in the morning, then coming home at the end of the day to a house filled with delicious smells, and a real, ready-made meal in the pot.
We made this minestrone using our homemade vegetable broth- click/tap here to find out how to make your own!
This is a delicious recipe that's filling but doesn't have too much fat. The real secret to the dish's flavor is in the seasoning- fresh chopped parsley on the top and thyme mixed in with the mushroom sauce make for a pleasantly rustic and savory combination.
There will be lots of stirring and careful timing involved, but having the ingredients measured and prepared before starting is a huge help. It took a little experimentation and adjustment to get the thickness just right- feel free to change the amounts of broth and flour to get the best consistency!