One of my favourite past times believe it or not is visiting fast food restaurants after being at the bar all evening and diving into greasy, satisfying fare. One of my favourites was the Baked Potato smothered in cheddar sauce and broccoli. As I've said before, I love potatoes! Baked potatoes are particularly good because you can enjoy them with the skin which is one of my favourite parts!
This recipe is inspired by that tasty, cheesy potato but transformed a little to make the perfect side for the family! Cheesy mashed potatoes, sauteed broccoli, and crispy, pan fried potatoes form the perfect layered side dish. The sliced potatoes on top become nice and crispy too which is just delicious!
I was excited to see how this recipe turned out because I've been eager to see just how close recipes comes out using imitation meat versus the real thing.
I can honestly say, despite the recipe being a little messy, (Which can actually be a fun activity to do with kids!) it turned out great! The meatballs had a wonderful texture and flavour and really are the perfect addition to a simple tomato sauce and pasta kind of night. My meat loving father even enjoyed them!
Another twist on Bruschetta with this recipe. Playing around with your favourite appetizers keeps things interesting! Bruschetta is a crowd pleasing appetizer in that in tastes great with almost any alcoholic beverage and its ingredients are usually liked by everyone. It's great for parties as not only is it delicious, but it's super easy!
This recipe takes inspiration from a traditional Greek Salad. Feta, onion, tomato, cucumber, and a wonderfully easy and tasty dressing, all sitting atop a crispy Italian style roll.
Hope you all enjoy!
**Note: I am not a huge fan of black olives but feel free to add some to really give it tat Greek Salad feel!
You can really use any kind of roll so long as it lies flat on both ends.
Remember; the broiler is VERY HOT and things go from brown to black in seconds. I barely made it out in time. Keep a watchful eye on your buns :P
I love pasta. As a matter of fact, my whole family has always loved pasta. It's not only economical but it's delicious in every variety. Growing up, "spaghetti sauce" is what we as kids smothered our noodles with but growing older I needed to try other things to keep it interesting.
This variety is along the same lines as the other pasta bakes I've shared and is equally as easy / satisfying. Traditional vegetarian pizza toppings like Green Bell Pepper, Red Onion, and fresh Mushrooms, tossed with Rotini pasta and a delicious, oregano noted pizza sauce.
Try playing with this recipe to really make it your own! Vegetarian Pepperoni would be delicious. A variety of bell peppers would work as well in this dish. More cheese, no cheese, more herbs, just enjoy it :)
Jonathan - Happy Veg
Vegetarian 16 years and counting. I'll take all the baby animals please and thank you!