Sorry I dangled such a delicious thing in front of your eyes without a recipe right away!
I made these last night when I did my meal prep for the week and then I ran all morning so I didn't get to eat one until the afternoon and verdict is....DELICIOUS!
On to the important part... how to make it!
Last summer (I think...maybe it was 2 summers ago already!) I posted a recipe for a chicken orzo salad that I LOVE. Since then I have decided to go meatless, plant-based, vegetarian, whatever you'd like to call it (which I still haven't really posted about here...) so I am working on adapting all of my normal meals to be meatless. This one came out bomb.
Here is my slightly altered recipe to make the vegetarian version of my orzo salad
I decided last weekend that I wanted to try out some vegan meals so I decided I would do Meatless Monday for a little while. I didn't actually take the time to meal plan this week, so that made it a little bit more difficult for me at the grocery store. When I went shopping I just grabbed a bunch of stuff I thought would work well in a meatless chili....and SUCCESS!
I have had this quinoa sitting in the pantry for probably a year now because I'm not a huge fan of eating it as a plain side, but I have used it in chili once before and it was a great way to trick myself into eating it.
I also already had some frozen corn so I used that as well. Those pouches of beans are something I've never seen before, but I really like them! A whole can is usually too many for me and I never seem to buy dried beans. I found them at Hannaford in the organic/natural section if you are looking for them :)
This is why I love crockpots...dump stuff in and leave it alone! All I had to do was cut up a few red potatoes, dump it all in there and let it sit.
After a few hours I gave it a taste test and it was a little...blahhh. This is when I realized I never added any seasoning or anything! So I added some of the salsa below that I had in the fridge and YUM!
This isn't quite a recipe, but since it's just dumping into the crockpot I think this should help you make a yummy meatless chili!
What are some other meatless/vegan meals I should try for Meatless Mondays?
Over the past year I pinned a few different recipes to make my own taco seasoning. I REALLY wanted to do it, but I never planned ahead or checked the spices we had in the cabinet. So I always ended up just buying the packaged taco seasoning mix that wasn't 100% spices and had extra junk in there. Here's the ingredient list from Ortega Taco Seasoning Mix.
Lots of extras including carmel color? WHY?!
So on Monday I finally checked our spice cabinet and compared to the recipe on Real Fit, Real Food Mom's blog. I was only missing 1 spice! So I bought that one spice at the grocery store. Yes buying that 1 spice was more expensive than buying a $1 taco seasoning mix, but I also got the organic version of the spice, have enough homemade taco seasoning for probably 10 more taco dinners AND have more of the organic spice left for other recipes. I think it was the best decision :)
On to the recipe! (adapted slightly from Real Fit, Read Food Mom)
- 4 Tbsp Chili Powder
- 4 Tsp Ground Cumin
- 4 Tsp Salt
- 2 Tsp Paprika
- 1 Tsp Garlic Powder
- 1 Tsp Onion Powder
- 1/2 Tsp Dried Oregano
- 1/2 Tsp Cayenne Pepper
Combine all of your spices. Whisk until mixed well.
To Use When Making Tacos:
Brown 1 lb of ground beef. I buy grass fed beef, usually from the grocery store. I haven't started buying from a farmer's market or farm yet. Look for lean meat (90% or higher if you can find it). Drain out any fat. Return meat to pan, add 1/4 cup of water and 2 Tbsp of your taco seasoning. Mix together until seasoning and water are absorbed.
Enjoy your delicious tacos without any weird ingredients/chemicals in your seasoning! Next step for me is to make my own tortillas...
I tried turkey meatballs once at a potluck at my work. They were good, but that doesn't mean they would be if I made them myself! Here is how I made them last night for dinner.
1 lb ground turkey
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp oregano
1/4 cup breadcrumbs
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all dry ingredients together. Mix in 1 egg. Mix in ground turkey. Form into 12 meatballs. Bake for 20 minutes or until internal temp of meat is 165 degrees.
A Turkey Meatball Vlog
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Hi, I'm Jessie!
I live in NH with my husband and our pup. My favorite things are coaching Girls on the Run, eating good food that I didn't have to cook, helping other people work on their health, volunteering for and running races, watching tv, doing yoga, and spending too much time on social media. #Balance