All posts filed under: Vegetarian

The Best Lean Butternut Squash Soup Recipe

I know I’ve been harping about the weather in Virginia in the last couple of posts, but it really is bipolar. Just when you think it has decided that it will stay spring, a cold blast blows through.

On the upside, it allowed me to fit in one more of my favorite winter/comfort foods–butternut squash soup.

Lemon Garlic Spaghetti

Here’s a simple pasta recipe that’s delicious with or without meat.  Anytime the hubby and I have a hankering for a non-salad vegetarian meal, this is our go to.  Between our busy schedules, cooking an elaborate meal is few and far between, so I often try recipes that don’t take longer than 30 minutes to make–this is one of them! You’ll need: 3 tablespoons minced garlic 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 6 tablespoons lemon juice 4 chicken flavor bouillon cubes 1/2 teaspoon pepper (fresh ground is best) 1 lb. spaghetti or 1 lb. angel hair pasta, cooked to package directions 1/2 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese (optional) 1/4 cup parsley 1 tbsp. basil How to make: 1. In large skillet, cook garlic in olive oil on medium heat until golden. 2. Add lemon juice, bouillon, basil and pepper. 3. Cook and stir until bouillon dissolves. 4. In large bowl, toss pasta, garlic mixture and parsley; serve immediately.  Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese for an extra boost of protein! It’s a delightful concoction, yielding 6 servings …

Fourth of July Eatery Series: Homemade Patriotic Pop Tarts

This recipe makes either a tasty dessert or breakfast item.  It is also the last entry to the Fourth of July Eatery Series for this Independence weekend.   The recipe makes 6 pop tarts at approx. 232 calories/pop tart.  Sans toppings, each pop tart is only 208 calories. Before we begin–yes, I slightly cheated and used store-bought dough. Hey, I ran out of time.  But feel free to make it truly authentic by making your own dough–you’ll need to prepare it at least a day in advance.   Alrighty, back to the recipe: What You’ll Need: 1 box refrigerated pie crust (2 layers) Some homemade strawberry jam (or store bought) 1 egg 3 oz blueberries 6 medium strawberries, sliced 6 tbps low fat whip cream 1 tbsp water  How to Make: Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Unroll one of the pie crusts and square the edges. Cut into rectangles. With a rolling pin, roll edges into 4 more square edges. You should have 12 squares at this point. Layer 6 squares on a cookie …

Fourth of July Eatery Series: Star-spangled Pasta Salad

Here’s another salad for the Fourth of July Eatery Series.  It’s hearty, it’s healthy, it’s flavorful (couldn’t think of another “h” word lol). What You’ll need: 8 ounces uncooked penne pasta 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved (or whole) 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh spinach 1 yellow bell pepper, chopped 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion 3 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary 1 (4-ounce) package crumbled goat cheese  1/4 cup fresh lemon juice 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard 1 tbsp minced garlic 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/8 cup olive oil 1/8 cup white wine vinegar 1/8 cup white cooking wine  How to Make: Cook pasta according to package directions; drain. While pasta is cooking, make a lemon vinaigrette by whisking together the lemon juice, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, salt, pepper and olive oil. Set aside. In a large bowl, toss pasta with tomatoes and remaining ingredients.  Add lemon vinaigrette mixture and lightly toss. Serve immediately or chilled.  If preserving some lemon vinaigrette for other uses, seal in an airtight container and refrigerate. Good up …

Fourth of July Eatery Series: Red, White and Blue Fruit Salad

This sweet side is probably the easiest recipe in the entire Fourth of July Eatery Series.  It makes about 5 servings at roughly 89 calories/serving.  The honey permits the natural sweetness of the fruit to come through. Mmmmm…. What You’ll Need: 1 (10-ounce) package of raw strawberries, hulled and quartered 1 (6-ounce) package of raw blueberries 2 tbsp honey 2 tablespoons lemon juice 2 bananas How to Make: Mix honey and lemon juice in a bowl; set aside.  Mix the strawberries and blueberries together in a bowl; drizzle lemon and honey mix, then toss lightly. Refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.  Cut bananas into thick slices.   Add and lightly toss with strawberry and blueberry mixture.  Serve. Told ya it was easy ;-). Enjoy!

Fourth of July Eatery Series: Corn on the Cob

There’s a wee tropical storm a-brewing, so we’re taking this classic Fourth of July Eatery Series meal indoors.  The manner of cooking is essentially the same regardless of whether you’re using an outside grill or your oven, so feel free to make this recipe on a grill if the weather where you permits. The cinnamon and sugar in this recipe really provides a sweet zing.  Even better, each ear of corn is only 64 calories! What You’ll Need: 4 or 5 ears of corn 2 tbsp butter (or olive oil) 1/2 tsp cinnamon 1/2 tsp brown sugar (optional) How to Make: Preheat oven to 450 degrees F (or high heat if using outside grill). Remove husks and silks from corn. Lightly brush  melted butter or olive oil over the corn and wrap each individual ear in foil. Place directly on rack and roast in oven for 30 minutes.  If using preheated grill, turn occasionally  until fully cook, about 10-15 minutes. Once corn is cooked through, remove foil, brush corn with butter or olive oil and sprinkle with cinnamon and …