My daughters and I are vegetarian. We won’t eat any meat. (and yes, that includes fish. Fish are animals, too, therefore if we ate them we wouldn’t be vegetarians. You’d be surprised how many people, upon finding out we’re vegetarians, ask us if we eat fish.) We don’t have any problem getting the vitamins and nutrients we need and protein can be found in many other things, it isn’t exclusively found in meat. We’re asked quite often where we get our protein….we just smile and say, “The same place a cow gets it.” That usually quiets the person.
Because of this, when I include recipes here, they will almost always be vegetarian. They will, however, have been fully tested on meat eaters.
Veggie Goulash – goulash was originally Hungarian…but Americanized goulash has taken on many forms. I’ve tasted it many different ways with varied ingredients. I think the word goulash, for us in America, just means a mixture of foods, usually containing some sort of ground beef. Here is our quick and easy Veggie Goulash:
Boca crumbles – 1 bag
Cheese – your favorite flavor, but American is best broken in to small crumbles – use as much as you would like. This is a taste thing. Be careful, though, not to use too much as to take away from the spaghetti sauce.
1 medium onion- diced
Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Prepare noodles as normal (boil), drain then place back in pan. Pour spaghetti sauce over noodles and return to medium heat.
In skillet, heat about 3 tbs of Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Once hot, saute diced onion until brown. Place boca crumbles into skillet and cook until lightly browned. Pour in to noodle mixture.
Add cheese to noodle/boca mixture. Stir until melted and mixed well.
You can use any spices you’d like to use with this. Sometimes we add no spices, sometimes we go all out. It just depends on what you’re in the mood for. You can also add cooked veggies (squash, carrots, celery, etc.). Be sure to make the pieces tiny, though, so the kids will eat it!
Have a wonderful day!