Meatless Monday Deliciousness

30 01 2012

Some days dinner needs to be quick, but delicious...

So we tried this guy out today as gardener.  Let me tell you in 12 hours, he did miracles.  It was well worth the money.  So that inspired me (for some reason) to make cornbread.  Well, technically I was thinking about making rolls with the soup tomorrow.  Then I started thinking that cornbread would be very good with it.  Then I thought, “Why wait until tomorrow?”  I could make it now.  So I did.  I used this recipe from here.  I uh, misread baking soda for powder, but I added some cream of tartar and it worked out deliciously.  Very sweet almost cakelike, but melt in your mouth yummy with butter.  The recipe said to bake for 25 minutes, but in a muffin tin it only took like 18 minutes in my oven.

Golden Sweet Cornbread


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 2/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Spray or lightly grease a 9 inch round cake pan.
  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, salt and baking powder. Stir in egg, milk and vegetable oil until well combined. Pour batter into prepared pan.
  3. Bake in preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.

I also made Hamburger Helper with Crumbles, which is a meatless meal staple, and a lovely salad of romaine, tomatoes, celery, carrots, and bacon bits.  Yes, bacon bits.  Did you know that most bacon bits are made out of textured soy and not animal products?  Yah, it was kind of hard to eat the first few bites until I reminded myself of that.  For more info, please click here.


Day 11 Mac & Cheese Night!

26 01 2012

Does this count as dinner?


Macaroni and Cheese, food of my youth and dinner today.  Now I have graduated to liking the tastes of “gourmet” mac and cheese, but my heart still is fond of the good ol’ blue box brand Kraft.  I know its overly processed, definitely not clean eating, but hey sometimes one needs easy and comforting.



I ❤ Mac & Cheese!

Of course after work today, I was sooo tired that the thought of boiling the water seemed like too much.  My mind kept going back to my cabinet with the 2 mac and cheese cups.  I was thinking “Does this count as dinner?”  Then I thought, No Mario would not get full of this.  He needs real dinner.  So what did I do?  I fell asleep on the sofa.  Until around 7 o’clock.  Mario was finally like “What’s for dinner?” 

Now this was the first dinner in 11 days of planning that he did not select, so of course he was like “Can I just go out for dinner?”  I said no, because we really do need to save money.  Now this dinner he didn’t pick, not because I desparately wanted Macaroni but because he was kind of tired planning the menu.  I understand.  Not necessary a guy thing.  Of course it should not be a woman thing either, but someone has to do it.  The someone that cooks, which in this house is me. 
So, Mac and Cheese is easy.  Read the label.  There are pictures.  I used Almond Milk for the obvious reason (Mario=lactose allergy).  Along with my Phineas and Ferb shaped noodles (Hey, why do kids get all the fun?), I served Mario some frozen chicken strips.  I use Hungry Girl’s recipe.  Mario loves it.  Healthy, nutritious, and today easy.  For mine, I followed his lead and microwaved a Morningstar Chick’n patty for myself. 
Yum all around!