I was surprised when I looked through the Take-Out book. There were a few recipes there that sounded good, didn't require tons of bell peppers in them, and I'm, if not exactly inspired, at least I'm motivated to try them out.
Two nights ago I made some sort of "Greek" casserole that had beef in the middle and spaghetti on the bottom and top layers. Not a lasgana, but I may use the spaghetti idea instead of the traditional lasagna noodles. The inclusion of cinnamon into the meat, and another spice that's not typically Italian, is what made it nominally Greek. That, plus the white sauce that used three eggs, 2% milk, and corn starch as a thickener. Plus Parmesan. Hey, it came out pretty good, and WOW, was it FILLING!
I adapted their chicken based chili to be vegetarian (mushrooms instead, thanks South Beach Diet) and added canned corn with chipotle chilis in the can to the mix. Everything else is the same, except for the onions, which Tall Boy doesn't like.
I *would* like to go meatless, but I think that's going to be a gradual process, what with a carnivore husband and me, and the kids. The best I can do right now is try and buy meat from animals that have been raised humanely, and that's not easy to do, to find out. I'm not even sure where to look to find out about farm conditions, or where the stores get their stuff.
Ah well. THe chili looks YUMMY, and I have some shredded cheddar waiting to go on top.
I'm going to try and do a combo of the South Beach Diet and the Clean Eating Diet--both have a no processed carb basis, and they both actually have a lot in common. Yeah. Okay, gotta go pick Mermaid up from her boyfriend's house.
Boyfriend. Holy crap. She has a BOYFRIEND. She's FOURTEEN (almost 15).