Monday, July 9, 2012

Meatless Mondays.... & "Rancher's Pie" Recipe

Here is my first post for my 
"Vegetarian Beginners Kit."
It is a challenge to try a "Meatless Monday"
in your house hold. 
Weather you are shooting for slowly easing into a Veggie lifestyle,
or just trying to eat a little better for your health 
and the environment,
"Meatless Mondays" are a great way to start.
Meatless Monday was started in 2003.
There are a few different reasons why it was started,
and you can find more general information about it's beginnings

I have also found a great article from
about "10 reasons to try Meatless Mondays".
(Click the image below to head on over to the article.)
So it being Monday,
I'll start the week off with a little dish I came up with called
"Rancher's Pie."
It is a Veggie spin based off of the old classic 
UK and New England favorite 
"Shepard's (or) Cottage Pie."

"Ranchers Pie"
 Rancher's Pie is very easy to make.
What you need:
 *Veggie "Beef" Style crumbles 
+ Taco Seasoning
( I like the ones from QUORN.) 
 *Garlic or Plain mashed potatoes
 (Instant will do if you are like me, 
and don't have time to do it from scratch.)
(Canned or Frozen)
*Black Beans or Refried Beans
(or Both)
 *Onions and Green, Red, or Yellow Peppers
(Or all three)
 *Cheddar or Monterrey Jack cheese
*Sour Cream, 
*and Tortilla Chips for topping the dish

1. Cook up the Veggie beef in a pan with taco seasoning, diced Onions, and your Peppers.
Place in the bottom of a Casserole dish.
2. Next layer add your beans.
(If their from a can you might want to heat them up.)
3. Add a layer of cooked corn. 
4. Then add your mashed potatoes.
5. To top off your dish, 
add a layer of crunched up tortilla chips,
then as much or as little cheese and place under the broiler.
(I like to get a nice crunchy, bubbly cheese layer
on the top of mine. )

Take out of the oven and let sit for a few minutes
and serve with some salsa and sour cream.

Rancher's Pie.... 
I hope you all enjoy this recipe...
it is one of my favorite meals to make.
Thanks for stopping by,
<3 Holly

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