Trying to feed a family of 4 and having everyone being happy with what I fix is kind of difficult! Of course there is the challenge of fixing non-meat food that the meat eaters will like. I use to try and have a separate entree for them but now with the baby, I dont have time for all that!! So either the husband grills some kind of animal, they fix themselves a ham sandwich, or they eat what I eat. (They are thrilled when we visit back home because my mama and mother in law will spoil them with all kinds of meat dishes!)
One fool proof, non meat dinner Ive found everyone loves is tortellini! Its so yummy delish! If you can find it, I recommend getting the kind filled with spinach (hello, extra veggies!) instead of just cheese. Plus, the time it took me from dumping the pasta into the pot to serving it was about 20 mins. Score! Serve it with some kind of green veggie (broccoli or sweet peas) and maybe some garlic bread, if youre feeling froggy! And on cold days when youre in the mood for some extra warm comfort food, you can cook a pot of veggie soup and throw it in there for an extra hearty meal.
For this, I used the veggies I had on hand. So use what you have/like. The recipe is versatile. The beans give it a little extra protein in place of the meat.
- 1 16-ounce package dried tortellini
- 3 hand fulls of fresh baby spinach leaves, chopped
- 4 large garlic cloves, chopped
- 1 can diced tomatoes
- 1 can great northern beans, drained
- 3 heaping tablespoons of jarred pesto, less or more to taste
- basil and crushed red pepper flakes to sprinkle on top
Cook tortellini in large pot of boiling salted water, per the box instructions, being careful to not over cook. Drain tortellini, reserving some of the pasta water in the pot. Add canned tomatoes and canned beans. Cook on low until warm. Add chopped spinach, pesto, and herbs, along with salt and pepper to taste. If more sauce is desired, add a little more pasta water.
If you have the ingredients you can add sauteed mushrooms, sun dried tomatoes, artichoke hearts, olives. Whatever you like. It makes great left overs for the next day but any longer then that, I think the pasta starts to break down and its not as yummy.