Ah, the mid-week slump: so we meet again. Rather than conquering dinner by ordering take-out or driving to the nearest restaurant, try making a meal that’s simple, yet satisfying; flavorful, yet fast: stir-fry. When it comes to dinner, a stir-fry pan is basically a blank canvas. You can throw together nearly any combination of veggies and protein with a delicious sauce, spoon it over rice or noodles and call it a meal. There is no reason why the mid-week slump should have you feeling scared of stir-fry, but if you’re lacking a little in the creativity department, we’ve happily picked out some of our favorite stir-fry recipes for you:
When you’re stuck in a dinner rut, your first instinct might be to pick up the phone and order takeout. But there’s no need when you can make your same restaurant favorites right in your own kitchen! These takeout recipes are easy to follow and can be on your table in the same amount of time it takes to call for delivery. Even on Meatless Monday, you can make restaurant-quality dishes at home.
Craving Thai food? Our Veggie Pad Thai is full of veggies and flavor without all the extra salt or fat!
How about Italian? Crispy coated eggplant rounds are baked instead of fried in our Cheesy Eggplant Parm.
More in the mood for Mexican? Rach’s Seven-Layer Burritos are full of protein-packed ingredients like refried beans and avocados so you won’t miss the meat!
Last week, we asked everyone on our Facebook page how they fill their protein void on Meatless Monday. Well, the results are in: You substitute with beans! Whether you like ‘em baked, mashed, refried or straight out of the can, beans are one of the most versatile ingredients in everyone’s pantry. We know you love adding them to soups, salads, rice and omelets, so we wanted to share some less common bean-filled recipes to for you to branch out with in your meatless endeavors!
Remember to check out our Meatless Monday Pinterest Board for tons of vegetarian recipe ideas, meat replacement tricks, and more!
As September comes to an end, we’re planning one more fabulous #SundaySupper to round out a month of delicious, healthy and family-friendly meals. In anticipation of sweater, scarf and curl-up-on-the-couch-with-a-blanket season, we’re featuring comfort foods with a healthy twist. This Sunday, try out these hearty meals that you won’t have to feel bad about, and that your whole family will love.
Want more awesome good-for-you #SundaySupper recipes? Be sure to check out our Pinterest page for tons of inspiration. And remember, just because the month is almost over doesn’t mean you have to stop sharing delicious meals with your family. We’ve got enough recipes to last throughout the year!
Despite what the temperature, clothing choices or abundant sunshine may tell you, yesterday was the first day of fall, and we’re so excited for the flavors and dishes that are about to emerge! While we’re never ones to turn town a piping hot bowl of turkey chili or meaty lasagna, there’s something so satisfying about a dish full of fresh and seasonal veggies. That’s why this Meatless Monday, we’re celebrating everything we love about fall.
When you’re cooking, more is definitely better. Case in point: When you make enough to have leftovers from Sunday night, you can transform them into Monday’s meal! Many of our #SundaySupper recipes are big enough to yield two meals for your family, and our various vegetarian options translate perfectly for Meatless Monday. So instead of starting from scratch every day, try one of these long-lasting recipes.
Now, just add a side salad and you’re good to go. Or, maybe you do want to start from scratch tonight so you can celebrate Guacamole Day. Try our Huevos Rancheros with a big dollop of the green stuff for an extra protein boost. Now that’s a meal we worth celebrating.
Think of a chicken breast as a blank canvas: it’s just begging for you to use ingredients and techniques to make it a flavorful work of art. You’ll never think of chicken as being boring again after learning these four fast and easy tricks to totally change up chicken.
1. Split It
Place the breast flat on a work surface and stabilize it with your palm. Using a chef’s knife, slice horizontally starting from the thicker side of the breast, creating two 1/4- to 1/2-inch thick pieces. Cook the cutlets quickly in EVOO and use them in sandwiches like this Chicken BLT.
2. Pocket It
Using a paring knife, make a horizontal cut, about an inch and a half long, in the thickets part of the breast. Sweep the tip of the blade laterally within the cut, being careful not to poke through the sides, to create a pocket. Now, you can stuff it with cheese, herbs, mushrooms and other tasty things like spinach and feta!
3. Pound It
Place the breast between two sheets of plastic wrap. Working with a meat pounder from the center of the breast outward, use firm, even blows to flatten the breast to the desired thickness. Thinner breasts roll up easily. Layer on meats and cheeses; then roll, bake and slice into cool spirals!
4. Process It
Cut chicken breasts into cubes and place in a food processor. Pulse until finely ground but not a paste, about four 1-second pulses. Keep ground meat refrigerated until ready to form into patties or use in chili.
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We get it. It’s back-to-school season, which means Sundays are crazy hectic. Which is why we’re here to help! Meredith brands have joined forces to hand-pick family-friendly, healthy dinners you can whip up in a jiffy Sunday night to help start the week off on the right foot. We’ll be sharing our Sunday Suppers during the entire month of September. All you’ve gotta do to join the movement in your own home is check out below where we’ll be posting our good-for-you recipes and photos all month long!
- Explore our Pinterest board full of our most popular healthy dinners.
- Look for the hashtag, #SundaySupper for recipes, tips and stories.
- Share your own photos and experiences with us on Twitter and Instagram. (And don’t forget to include #SundaySupper!)
- Become familiar with MyPlate, The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion’s guide to healthy, well-balanced meals.
Stay tuned for this week’s featured #SundaySupper meal!
Craving a sub on this Meatless Monday? Never fear, we’ve got the perfect compromise. Swap out your average meat-bread combo for a “meaty” vegetable like eggplant! Rachael Ray’s Grilled Eggplant and Mozzarella Sandwich 30-Minute Meal is one of our faves.
Explore 20 more of our go-to eggplant recipes to make tonight!
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When you’re looking for a Meatless Monday meal with a one-two punch of flavor, look no further than one of our vegetable curry recipes. We guarantee that whether you’re a fan of spicy Thai red curries or tamarind and coriander-based Indian curries or prefer your curry dishes “wet” (made with lots of sauce or liquid) or “dry” (coated in the spice mixture), you’ll be so focused on all of the layers of robust, savory flavor that you won’t even notice that there’s no meat.
Whip up one of our three favorite vegetarian curry recipes below:
This 30-Minute Meal recipe from Rachael Ray brings together Middle Eastern and Italian flavors with a spiced tomato sauce over whole wheat noodles. Use a pre-mixed curry powder or create your own blend with tumeric, cumin, corinander, cinnamon and cardamom.
The red curry in this one-bowl meal is balanced with brown sugar and unsweetened coconut milk, which also adds a hint of luscious creaminess. To make this dinner even quicker, prep and freeze vegetables in advance or pick up steamed rice from your local takeout restaurant.
Believe it or not, you can make this meal for $2.29 per person–that’s under $10 for four people! If you have an extra buck and are interested in adding a burst of color and sweetness too, add 1/2 cup of frozen peas five minutes before serving.