Monday, January 2, 2012

2012 resolution #3: make more grain, bean and vegetable-based family meals

I give myself a pat on the back when it comes to exposing my children to a variety of tastes, textures and ingredients. It's something I am good at, backed by my "rainbow plate" mantra (being mindful and trying to get several different colors on my children's plates). But one of my food resolutions for 2012 is to expand my repertoire of whole grain, vegetable and/or bean-based meals. I still plan to keep the meals simple, and ideally they'll be meals my whole family will enjoy (so I don't become a short-order cook). To keep me on track, I'm linking some of my tried-and-true, favorite vegetarian meals to this post for easy reference. And, I've updated my list of "sites that inspire me" to include blogs that have the meatless gig down pat, in addition to ones that make me smile, swoon or think. (To see my list of favorite sites simply scroll down the right hand column of full plate.) Hope this list list of my own tried-and-true veg recipes proves as helpful to you as it is to me....I look forward to adding on to it in this New Year!

Soups and Stews

Tacos, Quesadillas, Pizza Night...things like that

Pastas, Risotto and Comforting Casseroles

Make-Ahead Salads

Sauces and Dressings

If any of you readers have other vegetarian sites that inspire you, I'd love for you to leave them in a comment, as I am always excited to discover other like-minded bloggers and new recipe ideas!


  1. Yay for veggies! :) {I'm a long-time vegetarian}

  2. Great recipes! You rock the house. Edamame is also a great take along snack for kids as it freezes well!

  3. Great selection of recipes! I'm working to go gluten free this year which means expanding my kitchen and cooking skills a lot, so this is perfect!

  4. I love this blog and especially the plates altho I do not have young children at home I will be taking note fo ME


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