Monday, June 11, 2012

If all else fails... and you have nothing to cook

Make a casserole.

Casseroles are versatile and allow you to use up any vegetables, throw in a starch (generally noodles or rice) and away you go.

My favorite casserole is likely one of the easiest.

One diced onion
1-2 garlic cloves
Vegetables (my faves)
Carrots
Cauliflower
Squash

Protein:
Diced tofu
Canned beans (or pressure cooked/soaked beans)
Ground Meat  or unmeat (if you choose)



Preheat oven to 350. When preheated, add noodles of your choice to a casserole or even cake pan, cover with salted water or broth, and bake for 15 minutes.

While this is happening:
In a pan, fry together onion and garlic. Add any diced vegetables you like, including the ones above, or what you have that is a day away from being composted.
Add choice of protein, and cook well.
Cover and allow to steam.

When oven is hot and noodles/rice and protein has been baking for 15 minutes, take from oven. Remove any excess water. With rice, leave a little extra still in there.
Add vegetable mixture
Cover with sauce of choice. Some use a pasta sauce, you can also use salsa or even sour cream with some added herbs of choice.

What's your favorite casserole? How many ways can you imagine this healthy, quick, vegetarian dinner?

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