Friday, June 26, 2009

Friday Foodie - Your Mission

Your mission if you chose to accept it is to take 3 vegetables out of your refrigerator and make a meatless meal out of it. Extra points if the items are leftover from another meal.

Ready, get set, go!

Here are my three:

2 baked potatoes - leftover (extra points for me)
2 ears of corn - yeah baby these are leftover also
1 onion - we don't subtract points for fresh or frozen. Now, if you chose a meat. Your point counter goes into negative territory.

Baked Potato and Grilled Corn Chowder
2 medium potatoes, baked
1/2 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 ears of corn or 1 can kernel corn
2 cups not-fat milk
2 tablespoons flour
salt and pepper, to taste

2 teaspoon chili powder

Spray corn with that cooking spray stuff. You know, the one in the yellow can. Or in my case the store brand. Way cheaper! Now, rub chili powder on it. ***cough, cough John cough cough** Place on hot grill or under the broiler. Watch it though, you don't want to burn it (is it just me that the broiler hates?) When it has those nice char marks take it off the grill to cool a little.

Bake the potatoes. If you are not using leftovers poke them a few time and stick them in the microwave until almost done. You know the drill. Peel and chop the potatoes. Set off to the side.

Chop the onions.

Heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a large pot over medium heat.
Toss in the onions. Cook into soft.

Add 2 tablespoons of flour to make a roux. Let this cook into it is a light gold color. Sorry, be sure to stir it a lot. Burning is bad.

Add milk. Let it come to a boil. This will thicken it. Turn down to medium again. Add potatoes and corn. Heat through. Salt and pepper and rest of the chili powder to taste.

Serve with crusty whole grain bread and salad.

I used non-fat milk to make this just a little lighter for my dieting friends. We afre all dieting aren't we? You're not? Oh, go ahead....use cream....make me cry. If you want it a little creamery add a little non-fat sour cream.

Mission Accomplished!

Now, what about you? If you need a recipe with your three ingredients please email me. I'll come up with something. Or, Head over to the Meatless Monday recipe site here Or the Epicurious meatless recipes here or Cindy's place at Vegetarian Mamma here

This would make a terrific Meatless Monday meal. It is cheap, easy, and fast (no, I wasn't describing myself. Though I understand how you could be mistaken).



  1. Can't go wrong with that recipe. Corn, green onions, and black beans marinated in an oil based Italian dressing while chilling in the fridge is something I make often in the summer. Cheers Michele!!

  2. Yum! It sounds great! We had a meatless meal the other night - Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups. I'd post a picture on my blog but they are all gone.

    I love meatless meals! I'm going to try your recipe next week.

  3. Oh, yum. Oh, YUM.

    I'm going to be all on my lonesome next week; I may have to make a pot of this.

    Because? OH, YUM.

  4. Michele -- great idea. I usually just saute or roast whatever vegetables I've got with whatever sauce/marinade/rub/dressing I've got in the fridge. But I like your way, too! Thanks so much for sharing.

  5. Help! In my frig today are onion, half a lemon, kale, cabbage, and an orange pepper. What do you suggest?

  6. Gah, for a second there, I thought you could only use those three ingredients!
    Chili 9000 ROCKS!

  7. I'm so impressed. I have a can of sardines, some cottage cheese and some leftover green beans -- whadya think? I'm thinkin' I'll just drop it all in my new Montel Williams emulsifier and make soup. I wish I was as creative as you. With your 3 ingredients, I would have called for take-out. LOL Hugs!

  8. It sounded good while I read through, but when I got to the cream and sour cream my mouth started watering.

    No, I am not dieting! (although I should be.)

  9. That looks yummy. I'm meatless a lot. Used to not eat red meat at all for ten years, then I got married.

    Ate more red meat than I shold have. Got cancer. Now try and watch my diet. I only eat red meat twice a week.

  10. You amaze me. Is pizza a vegetable? If so, I can totally pull this off.

  11. LOVE the challenge, can't wait to see the results! :)