Vegetarian Comfort-Foods for Fall
What’s better than hot home-cooked comfort-food during the fall season? Try these vegetarian variations for a casual Halloween gathering or weeknight quick-comfort meals throughout the fall season, you won’t even miss the meat!
Blue Corn Tortilla Chips, or whole grain
Black Beans or Refried Beans, canned
Pepper Jack Cheese, cut into chunks
Mexican Cheese Blend, grated
Salsa, Sour Cream, Sliced Olives (optional)
On a round pizza pan (in the order given) pour out Tortilla Chips, a sprinkling of Black Beans (or blobs of Refried Beans), small chunks of Pepper Jack Cheese, topped off with grated Mexican Cheese Blend in the broiler section of your oven on low until cheese is melted, about two minutes (or microwave 1½ minutes on high).
My family likes to top-off this dish with dollops of sour cream and salsa with a sprinkling of olives, all of which are optional. Please allow to cool before the kids start grabbing these, and be prepared to make additional platters of this dish as it’s finished quickly!
Mr. Baked-Potato Heads
Baked Potatoes, slit in half and cooled
Mozzarella Cheese, grated
Onions and Red Peppers, cut into strips and sauteed in olive oil
Place the cooled Baked Potatoes into individual bowls, adding steamed Broccoli and Cauliflower florets, then Grated Cheese and top with warm sauteed Onions and Red Pepper strips to further melt the stringy-gooey cheese.
Slimy-Veggie Monster Mash
Eggplant, cut into cubes
Tomatoes, cut into quarters
Zucchini, sliced and quartered
Onions, sliced into wedges
Garlic Cloves, sliced
Spaghetti, pre-boiled (or pre-cooked Brown Rice)
Stir-fry or saute over medium heat the Brussels Sprouts, cubed Eggplant, Tomatoes, Zucchini, Onions and Garlic in Olive Oil until browned and slimy. Serve over cooked Spaghetti noodles or Brown Rice.
Brewed Veggie Stew
Turn left-overs of the above dish into stew by pouring into a pot, filling with vegetable broth and topping with grated cheese or croutons when serving. If your kids don’t like soups or stews try the next idea.
Turn almost any left-over into filling for a burrito-style wrap with corn or flour tortillas. Roll them up with a little extra cheese and zap in the microwave for a minute. Allow to cool before serving.
The recipes above are actually nutritious and when presented with silly, scary names. Your kids will at least try these dishes, and will probably eat them up. There are also two back-up presentations for the last recipe, if you have left-overs, so you’re not wasting money this “haunting” fall season.