Sunday, August 5, 2012

Meatless on Monday #4 Veggie Bake

I actually turned on my oven this morning!  
If you haven't been following for long you may not be aware that I've been on a no-bake kick.  Also, if you haven't checked out Back to the Basics you may not know that I injured my finger a few days ago (5 to be exact).  I won't go into details but it involved my finger and a sharp spinning blade. I managed to walk away with my finger intact but slightly mangled (it was gross).  I was more embarrassed at the stupidity of my actions!

So here I am, it's Sunday and I'm disgusted at the waste of food in the fridge since I've been MIA from the kitchen.  Hubby has been in charge of meals so it's been oatmeal, salads and sandwiches.  We even ordered Chinese one night.  Not that I'm complaining...He is amazingly helpful and doesn't complain about the extra work.

Back to the food...This recipe was completely made up of random stuff from the fridge that needed to be eaten.  Here goes!

Veggie Bake

Ingredients:
1 cup rice
2 cups water
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning

1/2 Red bell pepper, chopped
1/2 Green bell pepper, chopped
1/2 Onion, chopped
1/2 bag of Broccoli Slaw, you can use a full bag but I only had half
1 tablespoon Olive Oil

1/2 - 15 ounce container of ricotta cheese, I used fat-free
2 cups milk
3 eggs
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
salt and pepper

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375.
Cook Rice according to directions (mine said 2 cups water, 1 cup rice) then add red pepper flakes and seasoning.  Mix well.

On medium heat, cook bell peppers, onion and broccoli slaw with olive oil.  Turn off heat before veggies are fully cooked.  Approximately 5 minutes.

While you're waiting for everything to cook, mix ricotta cheese, milk, eggs and seasoning.  I mixed it by hand (not taking any chances).

I used 2 cake pans for this since I could not find my large glass lasagna pan.  Use whatever works for you.  Spray your pan with non-stick spray.  Layer rice on the bottom then the cooked veggies.  Top with the ricotta mixture.  Cover pan with foil and bake for 25-30 minutes.  Uncover and cook for 5 minutes.

When I make this again, I'll add fresh or home-canned jalapeno slices.  This is a great meal to make ahead or freeze.  I made plenty so we can eat leftovers while I continue my recovery.
Enjoy!


*I'm announcing details of the giveaway at Back to the Basics this Friday*  I didn't forget it's just been a bit crazy lately!

29 comments:

  1. Just showed this recipe to my mom and she loved it! It looks healthy and is filled with yummy veggies. We'll definitely have to try this.
    --Becky
    preppypremed.blogspot.com

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    1. Cool! If I had more veggies in my fridge I would have used them. I'm thinking asparagus and mushrooms would be great additions. Enjoy!

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  2. Wow! What a great use of everything you had left in the fridge. I'm not the best at making meals buy going through the fridge but my husband is. I will be sharing this with him. I'm sure he will enjoy putting this together. Thanks for sharing at my Our Favorite Things Link Party.

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  3. This is amazing. It may be what you had in your fridge but I am going shopping so I can make it too.

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    1. Thanks Casey! My hubby Liked it because it didn't use so many dishes and I finally got back in the kitchen. Not sexists, he just really likes my cooking!

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  4. Hey Mary, thanks for checking out my blog and my post on The Renegade Farmer! As a 25 yr RN I so understand red tape in healthcare and totally empathize with you and your hubbie. So happy to have found your blog. I need good healthy recipes. THANKS

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    1. Thanks Donna! I mentioned you in my very first Meatless on Monday. I really enjoy your blog!

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  5. Hello! Stopping by from the Marvelous Monday link up at Jam’s Corner my mom would love this and I forwarded it to her. I hope you’ll visit me at jugglingactmama.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Ang! I'll be sure to check it out!

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  6. Oh! The Veggie Bake looks so good! I've had to cut my meat intake way down and am looking for recipes just like this! Thanks for sharing it!

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    1. This recipe was so easy. I did it one handed!

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  7. Hi, love your blog. Am your newest follower. It would be great if you stopped by Carole's Chatter. You might like to have a peep at the Food on Friday series - each of which is about a different thing. This week it was berries and currants. If you like Carole's Chatter I would be honoured if you followed it. Cheers

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    1. Thank you Carole. I'll be sure to stop by since I love to share!

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  8. I could go for something like this right now...

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    1. Make it! It's so easy! Thanks for stopping by Jessica. Looking forward to joining you for Meatless Mondays!

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  9. Oh my! This looks delish! Thanks so much for sharing.... Hope you have a great week! Can't wait to try this recipe - yum!
    -Heather
    Stringtown Home

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    1. It's super! Thanks for hosting an awesome party Heather!

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  10. Yum, that sounds good, and it's a great way to clean out some leftovers! Thanks for sharing at The Fun In Functional!

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  11. This looks great! I like that it is a low carb meal. Thanks for sharing on Marvelous Mondays!

    Julie

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  12. I love all of the healthy veggies. Thanks for linking up!

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  13. That looks heavenly GOOD!!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

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  14. Great pie!
    I'm a vegetarian so this would be a perfect meal for me :)

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  15. This looks delicious! It almost reminds me of a quiche. Thank you for sharing the recipe. I can't wait to try it.

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  16. I'm sorry about your finger!! That's too bad, hopes it heals well.

    This looks like a great meal from a lot of leftovers. Thanks for sharing at Take it on Tuesday!

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  17. That's great and really similar to my veggie quiche. I've wanted to use rice in mine but hubby likes the pie shells. Thanks for sharing.

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  18. Thanks for another addition at The Purple Pumpkin Blog Link party!. Don't forget to grab your button :) See you again soon x

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  19. Sounds great to use up all those left overs. Thanks for linking up at Mom's Library!

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  20. Looking very much delicious! Thanks for share.

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-Mary