Garden Fresh, Meatless Monday, Recipe

Garden Roasted Vegetables with Squash

Garden Roasted Vegetables with Squash, potatoes, onions, garlic, cherry tomatoes, eggplant, bell pepper, okra, basil and dill fresh from my garden!  My garden is producing really well right now, but I do see a slow down on my squash and cucumbers. Luckily my tomatoes are finally turning red, and I have a few okra. I decided I wanted to do something easy with EVERYTHING from my garden. Roasted vegetables are simple, and so tasty! There are several ways to season them. I went simple with garlic salt, pepper, fresh dill and fresh basil (both from the garden). I ended up making two pans of vegetables, and honestly I would just go with what you have on hand. You can use what I did, add on to it, or do less. Roasting vegetables brings out a nice sweet flavor that I find delicious! The only problem may be firing up your oven during summer. For me, it was well worth it!

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I used the vegetables I had, and also what I had room for.  I used all of my okra and potatoes I had available.  The okra is just now started to produce, and my potatoes are finishing.

Ingredients (all vegetables and herbs from my garden)

  • Potatoes
  • Zucchini
  • Yellow squash
  • Onion
  • Several cloves of garlic
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Eggplant
  • Okra
  • Bell Pepper
  • Minced dill and  basil
  • Garlic Salt
  • Pepper
  • Olive Oil 1 Tbl spoon

Preheat oven 375 F (my oven runs warm, so you may be fine cooking at 400 F). Cut all vegetables in bite sized pieces, not counting the garlic or okra.  Peel the garlic, and trim the okra on the top end.  Mince the fresh herbs.  Place all vegetables in a bowl and pour the olive oil in, mix to cover all vegetables.  Add in herbs and seasoning and mix again to cover vegetables.  Place vegetables on a cookie sheet covered with Parchment paper.  Bake in oven for 30 minutes, rotate vegetables half way through cooking.

This could be a side dish, or even a main dish.  We had ours with roast beef, fresh tomatoes & cucumbers.  Delicious!  Fresh garden vegetables are the best!  What vegetables do you have on hand to roast?  Do you have your own garden, or shop the farmers market?

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Garden Fresh, Meatless Monday, Recipe

Meatless Monday with Pizza

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Since last December I started working on changing my eating habits.  I started by looking into the Plant Based Diet.  I know I could not be a vegetarian, I really do like meat, but I wanted to cut my meat down a lot.  So, I needed to incorporate more vegetarian type meals into my diet.  This is not easy when you live in Oklahoma, and even harder in very rural Oklahoma.  I don’t have a Whole Foods store nearby, and can only find so much at the local grocery store.  Luckily, Woodward is only 30 minutes away and I can stock up on a few vegetables when I go there.  It’s still not the same as being able to just run over to Whole Foods (3 hours away), or a similar store anytime I want.  Anyway, I recently decided to start Meatless Monday.  This is my second Monday to do meatless Monday, and it really isn’t so bad.  Last Monday I had a banana and orange for breakfast, I had chickpea salad on whole wheat bread, pickles, cherry tomatoes, and a few potato chips (not super healthy, but at leas not meat) for lunch.  For dinner I made vegetarian enchiladas.  I’ve linked the recipes that I found on Pinterest.

Today for breakfast I had a banana, a couple of healthy cookies, and a few cashews.  For lunch I made some Cashew Noodles last night and brought an Asian Salad (pre-packaged from Walmart).  For a snack I had a small orange.  For dinner I made pizza.  I made half pepperoni and mushroom, the other half red peppers,  onion and mushrooms.  My husband would not eat pizza with vegetables only.  My crust is homemade, here is the recipe I used, it will make 3 large thin crusts or 3 personal pan pizzas (Pizza Hut style) .  I usually use one crust the day I make up the dough, then freeze the other two.  I wrap each one in plastic wrap, and put them in a large freezer bag.  When I know I am going to make another pizza, or use the dough for other recipes, I just pop it in the fridge that morning to thaw.  this makes for a pretty quick diner.  I usually pull it out of the fridge and roll it out thin, to the size I want.  Then shape it on a regular pizza pan with about a tablespoon of olive oil spread across the pan.  Next I place it in a warm spot like on top of my preheating oven (400-450), cover it with a towel and let it rise just a bit.  This takes 30 minutes to an hour.  I put my pizza stone in the oven to get warm.  When I’m ready to place my ingredients on the pizza crust, I just pull my pizza stone out of the oven and carefully place the dough on it.  It will sizzle for a minute or so.  After I put the ingredients on, I put it in the oven and cook for about 10 minutes.  The crust is nice and crisp, and so delicious!

What are your Meatless Monday recipes?  Are you a Vegetarian, or just working for a healthier lifestyle?