Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Meatless Meals

We had our first vegetarian meal, like, ever.

I informed McRed we were exploring healthier options to include one to two 'meatless meal' nights. This is not like, revolutionary, but in our household, nary a meal be a meal be it meatless.

Tonight was the first one... bulgar pilaf with broccoli and cheese. After all, we all need more whole grains.

It turned out really good. Toss it all into a crock and done, oula.

2 cups uncooked bulgar or cracked wheat (we found the bulgar)
1 tbsp butter/marg
4 medium carrots shredded
2 cans (14.5 oz each) vegetable broth (used chicken, like it mattered -- also needed to add more because my crock pot is large and cooks things faster by half if it's not 2/3rds full)
4 cups chopped thawed frozen brocolli
1 cup shredded colby cheese.

Shove everything into the pot except the brocolli and cheese. Cook on low 6-8 hours or until bulgar is tender (3 hours in my oval big crockpot but i have a big family -- i could double the recipe but I already have leftovers). When that's done, add in broccoli and cheese and when the cheese is melted and brocolli tender (like, five minutes) dinner is done. Serve with rolls.

I'm keeping this one. You can also use this as a side, but since my goal is to make cooking less of a 'thing' and simplify it, I'm not using it as a side.


Anonymous said...

Noooooo...! Stop trying to immitate my mom. Our dinners were great until she went on her "health" binge.


Jean-Luc Picard said...

A good idea to have one night a week having these; I must admit I couldn't do it, though!

RainyPM said...

Ugh, I'm sorry, but this sounds really awful. It sounds like oatmeal with vegetables and cheese.

Lahdeedah said...

Yeah I may ix nay it. It actually tastes like rice with veggies and cheese, but I think I'm going to lose this battle, and meatless night is going to be pizza night.