An Uncomplicated Life Blog: Gettin' Your Veggie On

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Gettin' Your Veggie On

I've had TONS of requests (seriously, I was shocked) on the recipes for the vegetarian meals I've posted on here, Insta and Twitter. I'm so happy to see that all my veggie dishes look appetizing enough for folks to want to try them!

Here are the recipes for two of the most popular (and, frankly, the best) veggie dishes I've forced on my meat 'n' potatoes hubs:

Slow-cooker Vegetarian Lentils:

Slow-cooker Vegetarian Lentils - before cooking

- 64oz vegetable broth
- 2 C green lentils
- 4 carrots, chopped
- 4 celery stocks, chopped
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 15oz can diced tomatoes
- 1.5 C fresh green beans, cut in half
- 1 sweet potato, peeled and chopped
- 1 large red potato, chopped (optional to remove peel - I don't)
- 3 bay leaves
- 4 cloves of garlic, minced or pressed through a garlic press
- 1 T rosemary
- 1 T oregano
- Salt and pepper to taste (you'll need a good bit of it)

In qualifying for the "easiest recipe ever" all you have to do is throw everything into your slow cooker, and cook on med-low (for 9 hrs) or low (for 11 hrs). Boom. A pot of deliciousness. *Note* That cook time isn't negotiable! I tried to cook it on a higher heat for 6-7 hours, and all the veggies were still crunchy. So leave yourself lots of time!

Slow-cooker Vegetarian Lentils - cooked

Portabella-Spinach-Caramelized Onion Linguine with Chevre-Thyme Sauce:

Portabella-Spinach-Carmelized Onion Linguine with Chevre-Thyme Sauce. Had I known everyone wanted the recipe, I'd have taken pics while I cooked!

- 1 package whole wheat linguine
- 3 T chevre (goat cheese)
- 1 package portabella mushrooms
- 2 C fresh spinach
- 1 medium yellow onion
- 3 T butter
- 3 T flour
- 3 T olive oil
- 1 C milk (NOT skim. Please don't cook with skim. Please don't drink skim.)
- 1/2 to 2/3 C dry white wine
- 1 T thyme
salt and pepper to taste

Slice the onion into small rings. Melt butter in saucepan and add the onions. On a very low heat, caramelize the onions until a translucent golden color. This will take about 45 mins, so go super low with the heat! Otherwise you'll burn them. After they're done, add oil, mushrooms and spinach and saute until tender. Salt and pepper to taste.

Boil the linguine according to the directions on the package, cooking the pasta to an al dente consistency.

Once veggies are done, add the flour to create a roux. After the four has cooked for a minute or so and you have a paste, slowly add the milk, stirring constantly. Add the wine and thyme, and return to a slow simmer. Once simmering, sir in the chevre. Salt and pepper to taste.

Add the cooked linguine to the sauce and toss the pasta until coated. I topped mine with some cracked black pepper. Enjoy! Hopefully with a dry but light red wine.


  1. Uhh... Thank you thank you thank you for posting that linguine recipe. I cannot tell you how much I salivated over that the other day when you posted a picture of it. Mmmmmm!

    1. It's a bit labor-intensive, but it is SO GOOD. The lentils are also super duper good - my burger loving hubs even ate them for breakfast! Haha

  2. omg yum pinning these!! thanks for sharing!

  3. I just ate lunch and these are making me hungry all over again!! Thanks for sharing - so good!

    1. Haha! The lentils are a great, hearty fall dish and the linguine is DELISH, rich and great with a glass of red wine :)

  4. That first recipe looks right up my alley, but not my husbands. He doesn't like a meal with a lot of "stuff" in it. He's not against veggies or anything (opposite), he just likes his meals simple. I don't eat gluten, so it's hard for me to find vegetarian meals that are filling and yum for the both of us.. without overdosing on quinoa and rice, of course.

    1. Ohhh, that is challenging! You could omit some of the veggies or change them around to suit the taste of your hubs! I was shocked, mine scarfed that stuff down, and that kind of thing isn't up his alley at all either.

  5. ps your insta link on the blog doesnt work :(

    1. Ahhhh, thank you! I forgot to recode my javascript after I changed my Insta to my blog name. It's fixed now :)

  6. Ummmmmm I mean cover any kind of noodles in goat cheese and I am so down with that! I made a crock pot the other day that actually involved some chopping and honestly I felt like I accomplished the world but getting that ready to rock and roll before's the little things in life right?

  7. That slow-cooker recipe looks like a good way to get my veggies in (I should, I'm vegetarian), and it would be yummy to cozy up in the winter with a bowl.