Quick & Easy Meatless Meals

If you have been following me for a little while, one of our New Year’s resolutions was to try to eat a few meatless meals a week. Maybe because we watched the documentary, What the Health, if you haven’t seen it, it’s eye opening. Although we still love a good steak, we just wanted to cut back on how much meat we were eating. We were up to 4-5 nights a week eating meat, so we definitely wanted to switch it up a bit. It’s really been kind of fun experimenting and so far, so good! I have been switching up our weekly meals and found a few that we love. All under 30 minutes, quick and easy.

A fast and easy meatless weeknight meal

Asian Inspired Pasta: I love pasta, carbs in general. Who doesn’t?! But I have been experimenting with different types of pasta and this is veggie pasta from Marianos, which is 30 percent made from veggies and like it a lot. The texture isn’t compromised and holds on to sauce well. I paired it with broccoli and cauliflower, topped with Soy Vay Hoisin Garlic Sauce, found at Mariano’s or Target.

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Ingredients:

  • 1 package of cooked Veggie rotini
  • 1 red sliced red pepper
  • 1 package of frozen broccoli and cauliflower (you could always use frozen)
  • 1 tbsp green onion
  • Soy Vay Hoisin Garlic Sauce
  • Sesame oil

Ingredients:

  1. Cook pasta according to the directions on the box and drain.
  2. Add cooked broccoli, cauliflower and chopped red peppers.
  3. Add 2 tbsp Hoisin Garlic sauce
  4. Sprinkle 1 tsp sesame oil
  5. Keep on low, stirring until the sauce covers the pasta evenly
  6. Top with green onion
  7. Enjoy!

(This was a sponsored Instagram post with Soy Vay, but all opinions expressed are my own) 

Calabacitas: In Spanish, literally means ‘zucchini’. It is used to mean, more precisely, a New Mexican dish of (usually) squash, corn, and peppers. There are so many variations, and it is can be a side dish or main entree. We probably have this at least once a week. Takes about 20 minutes or so, perfect for a weeknight meal.

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Ingredients:

  • Two zucchini, diced
  • 1 can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 can black beans, drained
  • 1/2 can chickpeas
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 1 tsp garlic
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 packet Sazon Goya seasoning

Optional: Tortilla chips for serving, shredded cheese or tortillas

Directions: 

  1. Add onion, garlic and olive oil to pan and cook until onion is brown.
  2. Drain tomatoes (you don’t have to, it’s a just a preference of mine). Let this cook for a few minutes.
  3. Add zucchini, drained black beans, and chickpeas.
  4. Add Goya seasoning and cook until the zucchini is cooked through. (I use this seasoning on so much. We order packs of it at a time.)
  5. Serve with cheese, avocados, sour cream, tortilla chips or make tacos with tortillas.
  6. Enjoy!

Sweet Potato Tacos: This is probably one of my most liked Instagram posts (you can see it here. It’s crazy, because I literally threw it together. We had sweet potatoes that were going bad, so I thought why not use them in tacos instead of tortillas. Let me put all this in context, Noah was being extremely fussy and a typical toddler, Manny was running late from work and I had just about had it with the day. Noah was at my feet this entire time I cooked it (which is why I have very little photos of it!), but it’s crazy, because they turned out AMAZIIINNNGG. Funny how some things just work out that way.

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Ingredients: (makes about 3 sweet potato tacos)

  • 1 8oz can drained black beans
  • 1 8oz can drained diced fire roasted tomatoes
  • 3 sweet potatoes
  • 1 avocado
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese
  • 1/2 cup green onion
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp minced garlic

Ingredients for taco seasoning:

Directions:

  1. Heat sweet potatoes for 2 minutes or until cooked through
  2. Combine all your taco seasoning ingredients in a mixing bowl and set aside.
  3. Cook onion in garlic and onions until golden brown
  4. Add drained tomatoes and beans. Cook until the beans are tender.
  5. Add your taco seasoning to the beans, tomatoes and onions. Cook for 5 minutes or so, until everything is covered with seasoning.
  6. Fill your sweet potatoes, top with cheese, green onion and avocado. Optional- sour cream
  7. Enjoy!

I hope you all get to try at least one of these! I have been loving experimenting with different meatless recipes. Let me know what you guys think!

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Until next time,

Christine

There are some affiliate links in the post, but all the opinions expressed are my own. 

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