Today’s Top Five: Favorite Dishes from Veggie-palooza

Our second year of giving up meat for Lent (“Veggie-palooza”, as we called it) was a raging success. Yep, I’m throwing modesty to the wind and patting myself on the back for making some seriously tasty meatless dishes. So you too can forgo the meat with confidence, here are our top 5 favorites:

  1. Fingerling Potato-Leek Hash with Swiss Chard and Eggs (Cooking Light, April 2011). This was so good that we made it two nights in a row. I can’t think of a single meaty dish I’ve made two nights in row. What can I say? I’m a sucker for swiss chard and a fried egg.  
  2. Cream of Garlic Soup (Susan Spicer’s Crescent City Cooking). I saw this dish featured on the Food Network’s The Best Thing I Ever Ate and got (a little too) excited when I realized the recipe was already on my shelf. If you’re a serious garlic lover (whose mate is similarly inclined), then this over-the-top roasted garlicness is for you.
  3. Chickpea Salad with Lemon, Parmesan, and Fresh Herbs (Bon Appetit, April 2011). This is my new “go-to” side dish. It is as simple as it is ridiculously delicious. Bill took it to work for lunch one day and begged me to make a double batch the next week.
  4. Spring Green Risotto (Ina Garten’s Back to Basics). Aptly named, this risotto tastes like spring in a bowl and gets better with every bite.
  5. Asparagus, Fingerling Potato, and Goat Cheese Pizza (Bon Appetit, May 2009). This pizza was, hands down, the best I’ve made. That should be enough description for you. Go make it. (Note: I didn’t use BA's crust recipe; I had some frozen dough that I made a while back. But I'm sure theirs is delightful.)

So there you have it. The five keys to our veggie success. Try these dishes when you get a chance… I dare you to tell me you miss the meat.