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Old 02-24-2009, 01:32 PM   #11
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Lentil Paella

Try this recipe. One of my lenten favorites.
Lentil Paella
1 cup green pepper (1 medium)
1 cup yellow sweet pepper ( 1 medium)
1 cup celery
1 medium onion
1 medium red onion
4 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tablespoons olive oil
1 cup lentils, rinsed
1 3/4 cup vegetable broth
1/2 teaspoon turmeric
2 medium tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
1/3 cup pimiento-stuffed olives
1/3 cup pitted ripe olives
1/4 cup snipped cilantro or parsley

  • In a dutch oven cook first six ingredients in hot oil until the onion is tender but not brown.
  • Add lentils, vegetable broth and turmeric to the pepper mixture.
  • Bring to a boil;reduce heat and simmer covered for 20-30 minutes or until lentils are tender and liquid is absorbed.
  • Stir in tomatoes, peas, stuffed olives, ripe olives and cilantro. Heat through. Season to taste.

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Old 02-24-2009, 01:34 PM   #12
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  • I recently made Spinach and Black Bean Enchiladas that were really good.
  • Lentils cooked with some taco seasoning make a great substitute for meat in tacos.
  • Beans and rice are always good.
  • Beans are a good sub for meat in pasta sauces, or even stir fries.
  • Alton Brown has a Split Pea Burger that I really like. A bit mushy, but good.
  • Chickpea Salad Sandwiches are good too.

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Old 02-24-2009, 01:39 PM   #13
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Eggplant Parmesan is one of my favorites.

Stuffed zucchini is good, too. Hollow out the zucchini and chop up the scooped out part. Mix with chopped onion and garlic. Add some chopped canned tomatoes (drained) and some cooked brown or wild rice. Season with salt and pepper to your taste. Stuff into the zucchini boat top with cheese and bake until the zucchini is tender. Sometimes I saute the onion and garlic in a little olive oil before mixing with the rest of the ingredients.
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Old 02-24-2009, 01:42 PM   #14
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Originally Posted by ChefJune View Post

There are SO many things you can do with pasta, veggies and a bit of cheese! Only your imagination limits you.
That is so true. We love pasta and there are times we have it several times a week.
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Old 02-24-2009, 02:09 PM   #15
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Thank you !

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Old 02-24-2009, 04:28 PM   #16
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Vegetarian chili, Cornbread & salad

Cheese souffle, steamed veggies, grilled tomatoes & french bread

How about an onion & mushroom quiche?
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Old 02-25-2009, 08:24 AM   #17
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Vegetarian chili
Thanks for the reminder, I have a great recipe for it.

June, you're right about pasta, there's so many variations. Thanks for all the great ideas!
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Old 02-25-2009, 12:15 PM   #18
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Those suggestions are so refreshing not a single meat substitute among them.
We have meatless nights at least two times a weeks and I simply do a regular recipe and leave out the meat. Obviously this would not work with a meat loaf but I think you get the idea. Spaghetti, fried rice, tacos, stir fries, and more the list is endless just use your imagination and leave out the meat.
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Old 02-25-2009, 12:28 PM   #19
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I make soup pretty frequently through Lent. Bean, vegetable, lentil......I'm Orthodox and we don't each meat or dairy through Lent.
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Old 02-25-2009, 03:24 PM   #20
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Check this thread -- I posted several excellent meatless dishes in it:


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