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Vegetarian Recipes For Men (and women) Part 5

Updated on January 4, 2012

As men, we tend to crave hearty food, the meat and potatoes kind of food momma used to make. But what happens when for one reason or another, we decide to become or have to become a vegetarian? How are we going to get that kind of stick to your ribs feeling we got from a juicy steak or a plate of fried chicken? Well, by making the foods we usually enjoy with only one or two vegetarian substitutions that’s how. Substituting soy for meat doesn’t sound very hearty but once you put it in my delicious recipes, you will almost not even notice. I say almost because no soy product perfectly matches real meat but some sure come close and taste great. So try my recipes. Once you find the ones you like most, you’ll have some satisfying dishes that will make you wonder why you ever ate meat in the first place.

High Octane Tacos

1 12oz package of Morning Star Farms Crumbles or your favorite soy product

1 package of taco seasoning

2 tbsp water

1 16oz can of refried beans (lard free)

1 large onion, coarsely chopped

4 tomatoes, coarsely chopped

½ head of lettuce, shredded

2 jalapeno peppers, finely chopped

10 hard taco shells, flat tostados, or tortilla chips

Cheddar cheese to taste

Salsa to taste

Heat Crumbles with taco seasoning and water mixing thoroughly. Add refried beans, mix and heat thoroughly. Warm up taco shells or tostados. Spoon Crumble bean mixture in to shells or on to tostados or tortilla chips (for nachos). Top with onion, tomato, lettuce, pepper, cheese, and salsa as desired. Makes 5-10 servings.

I’m against the death penalty unless it’s lettuce. Then I say, "Off with its head!"

1st And Goal Shepherd’s Pie

1 12oz package of Morning Star Farms Crumbles or your favorite soy product

4 medium potatoes, diced

2 tbsp margarine

1/4 cup of soy milk, liquid nondairy creamer, or regular milk

1 medium onion, finely chopped

1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 10.5 oz can of mushroom gravy or 1/4 cup vegetarian gravy of your choice

1 6oz can of mixed peas and carrots, drained

Salt and pepper to taste

Garlic powder and cayenne to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Boil potatoes for 20 minutes until tender. Drain and mash the potatoes with margarine and soy milk (nondairy creamer or regular milk). Season with salt and pepper to taste. Saute onion in oil until translucent. Mix cooked onions, Crumbles, gravy, peas and carrots, garlic powder, and cayenne. Pour in to a pie pan. Top the Crumble mixture with the potatoes. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-40 minutes. The potatoes should be brown. Make 6-9 servings.

Make love not steak.

Turbo Enchiladas

1 12oz package of Morning Star Farms Crumbles or your favorite soy product

1 packet of taco seasoning

2 15.5oz cans of enchilada sauce

18 corn tortillas

2 15.5 cans of pinto beans, drained

2 green onions or 1 small white/yellow onion, coarsely chopped

2 cups cheddar cheese, shredded

1 4.5oz can of diced green chilies

2 cups of Fritos corn chips, crushed

Vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine the Crumbles and taco seasoning and set aside. Spray or coat a 9"X13" pan with vegetable oil. In layers, spread enchilada sauce, 6 corn tortillas, 2 cans of pinto beans, some onions, a third of the cheese, half of the can of green chilies, and more enchilada sauce. Then place 6 more tortillas, all of the Crumbles, another third of the cheese, the rest of the chilies, and more enchilada sauce. Finally, place the last 6 tortillas, more enchilada sauce, and the rest of the cheese. Cover with foil and bake for 30 minutes. Remove the foil, top the casserole with the Fritos, and bake for 15 to 30 minutes. Makes 6-8 servings.

Don’t believe everything a meat eater tells you. He probably has mad cow disease.

Powerful Pita Pizza

1 12oz package of Morning Star Farms Crumbles or your favorite soy product

6-8 pita pockets or pita flats

1 jar or can of your favorite tomato, pasta, or pizza sauce

1 medium onion, coarsely chopped

1 green pepper, coarsely chopped

1 small can of black olives, sliced

2 cups of cheddar cheese

Italian seasoning, oregano, basil to taste

Black pepper to taste

1 clove of garlic, finely chopped

Olive oil

Thaw Crumbles, set aside. Saute garlic, onion, green pepper, and olives in olive oil until tender. Add herbs of your choice and saute one to two minutes longer, careful not to burn. Add Crumbles, tomato sauce, and black pepper and heat until mixture is hot. Add cheddar cheese and allow to melt. Stuff pita pockets or top flat pita with the mixture. Heat in oven at 350 degrees for 5 minutes or until pita is hot. Makes 6-8 servings.

I believe in giving peas a chance but the carrots are on their own.

DISCLAIMER: Ladies, please do not take offense to any of the food names, jokes, or anything else in this article. These are merely recipes to encourage more men to become vegetarians and perhaps lose that beer belly. Now what women doesn’t want that?



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