Three Tantalizing Vegetarian Recipes

26 May

If you are a vegetarian, started Meatless Monday’s or just want to try to cut back on meat then these recipes are for you! They are all very easy to make and are packed full of flavor! If you are sick of the same old pasta and tomato sauce, then these recipes are sure to please! I made these all in under 30 minutes! Enjoy!

1) Gnocchi with Chard and White Beans
6 servings
INGREDIENTS

  • 1 tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 16-ounce package gnocchi (regular or sweet potato)ย 
  • 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 6 cups chopped chard leaves, (about 1 small bunch) or spinach
  • 1 15-ounce can diced tomatoes with Italian seasonings
  • 1 15-ounce can white beans, rinsed
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan cheese

PREPARATION

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add gnocchi and cook, stirring often, until plumped and starting to brown, 5 to 7 minutes. Transfer to a bowl. OR Boil gnocchi for a softer/moister gnocchi boil instead. (I would boil them instead next time.)
  2. Add the remaining 1 teaspoon oil and onion to the pan and cook, stirring, over medium heat, for 2 minutes. Stir in garlic and water. Cover and cook until the onion is soft, 4 to 6 minutes. Add chard (or spinach) and cook, stirring, until starting to wilt, 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in tomatoes, beans and pepper and bring to a simmer. Stir in the gnocchi and sprinkle with mozzarella and Parmesan. Cover and cook until the cheese is melted and the sauce is bubbling, about 3 minutes.

2) Greek Orzo Stuffed Peppers
4 servings
INGREDIENTS

  • 4 yellow, orange and/or red bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat orzo
  • 1 15-ounce can chickpeas, rinsed
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 ounces baby spinach, coarsely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano, or 1 teaspoon dried
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup sun-dried tomatoes, (not oil-packed), chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sherry vinegar, or red-wine vinegar

PREPARATION

  1. Half the peppers lengthwise through the stems, leaving the stems attached. Remove the seeds and white membrane. Place the peppers cut-side down in a large microwave-safe dish. Add 1/2 inch water, cover and microwave on High until the peppers are just softened, 7 to 9 minutes. Let cool slightly, drain and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add orzo and cook until just tender, 8 to 10 minutes or according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cold water.
  3. Mash chickpeas into a chunky paste with a fork, leaving some whole.
  4. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add onion and cook, stirring, until soft, about 4 minutes. Add spinach and oregano and cook, stirring, until the spinach is wilted, about 1 minute. Stir in the orzo, chickpeas, 1/2 cup feta, tomatoes, vinegar and salt; cook until heated though, about 1 minute. Divide the filling among the pepper halves and sprinkle each pepper with some of the remaining 1/4 cup feta.

3) Ravioli with Arugula and Pecorino
4 servings, 1 1/4 cups each
INGREDIENTS

  • 1 pound fresh or frozen cheese ravioli, preferably whole-wheat (I used organic spinach)
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 large shallots, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons red-wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 6 cups arugula
  • 1/2 cup shaved Parmesan cheese

PREPARATION

  1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Cook ravioli until tender, 7 to 9 minutes or according to package directions.
  2. Meanwhile, mash garlic into a paste with the side of a chefโ€™s knife or back of a spoon. Heat oil in a small skillet over medium heat. Add the garlic paste and shallots and cook, stirring often, until just starting to brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in vinegar, mustard and pepper; remove from the heat.
  3. Drain the ravioli well. Place in a large bowl and toss with arugula and the dressing. Serve sprinkled with cheese.
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