Spice in the Kitchen: Easy Vegetarian Meal Ideas

Veggies with Pasta Un-recipe
I remember hearing Mark Bittman talking about how we need to change our idea of food. One example he gave was instead of pasta with veggies, how about veggies with pasta? This dish is just that. Heavy on the veggies, low on pasta. I oven roasted zukes, baby tomatoes, and peppers. Steamed asparagus and diced some sundried tomatoes. Mixed cooked rice pasta with sauce. Took 1/2 cup of pasta and topped it with about 5 cups of the mixed veggies. Sprinkled it all with a bit of raw parmesan and panko bread crumbs. Easy and healthy.

Cornbread Chili Pancakes Un-recipe
I had been wanting to try a savory cornbread pancake for awhile now.  The other day, while I had a hot pan of my world famous tri-bean chili simmering on the stove, I remembered I had a box of Trader Joe's cornbread mix in my pantry. So, experimenter me decided to take the prepared TJ cornbread mixture (works great with yogurt instead of eggs!), baked half of it plain for my kids, and with the other half, I added chili, jalapenos, salt and cheese and fried up batches just as you would normal pancakes! They fried to perfection on my cast iron pan. You can top them with fresh chopped tomatoes, guac, salsa and/or sour cream. Try it with your favorite cornbread recipe!

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