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13 Meatless Monday Meal Ideas

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Cold Pesto Pasta Salad Recipe

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Pasta salads are a perfect side dish for summer gatherings and your family is sure to love this fresh tasting and easy to make cold and creamy pesto version. The mix of fresh & sun dried tomatoes with sautéed mushrooms adds even more delicious flavor.

Ingredients:

1 – 16oz. box bow tie or penne pasta
1 cup pesto – either homemade or store bought
1/2 cup ranch salad dressing
1/2 cup of sun-dried tomatoes
1/2 cup of fresh cherry tomatoes
1 – 8oz. package of fresh sliced mushrooms
1 clove of garlic, minced
1/2 tablespoon butter
how to make the best pesto pasta salad Hip2SaveDirections: Cook pasta according to package directions and let cool. Sauté mushrooms with garlic and butter until tender and set aside to cool. Mix pesto with ranch dressing and combine with fresh & sundried tomatoes, mushrooms, and pasta in a large bowl. Chill in fridge before serving. Makes about 8 servings.

Consider adding grilled chicken or shrimp and this salad becomes a meal in itself!

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Easy Fresh Strawberry Pie Recipe

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If you’re looking for a super quick and delicious pie, try this simple fresh strawberry pie! This crowd-pleaser can be made ahead of time and stored in fridge – then just garnish with whipped cream when ready to serve.

Easy Fresh Strawberry Pie

(Adapted from TasteofHome.com)

Ingredients:

9 inch pie crust – store bought or homemade
2 pints of fresh strawberries
1/2 cup sugar
3 oz. package of strawberry gelatin
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 cup of water
whipped cream

How to make strawberry pie Hip2SaveDirections: Bake pie crust and let cool. Wash and slice strawberries (I left some whole and sliced the larger ones). In a saucepan, whisk water, cornstarch and sugar together. Bring to a boil and stir for a couple of minutes until thickened. Remove from heat and whisk in gelatin until dissolved. Let mixture cool for 10 minutes. Arrange strawberries on top of pie crust. Pour gelatin mixture on top of strawberries. Place in fridge to set for a couple hours. Serve with whipped cream if desired. Makes 6-8 servings.

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Homemade Veggie Fried Rice

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Making homemade fried rice at home is a super easy and delicious way to use up odds and ends from your fridge. Prepare rice the night before for an even quicker meal! Customize this recipe to the type of veggies and add ins your family likes. This also happens to be a yummy idea for a satisfying Meatless Monday family meal.

Veggie Fried Rice

(Adapted from AllRecipes.com)

makes about 4 servings

Ingredients:

3 cups cooked brown rice (I used quick cooking rice)
2 and 1/2 cups chopped veggies (I used a mix of red onion, shredded carrots, edamame, corn & peas)
1 clove minced garlic
pinch of ground ginger
pinch of red pepper flakes
3 tablespoons canola oil
2 eggs plus 1/8 teaspoon sesame oil
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon of sesame oil

Making Fried Rice Hip2SaveDirections: Heat wok in your largest skillet on medium high heat and cook/brown eggs on both sides with a little sesame oil (cook eggs more like a well done pancake as opposed to scrambled eggs). Move cooked eggs to cutting board, chop, and set aside. Heat canola oil in pan and add onions, garlic, carrots, ginger, and red pepper flakes. After a couple minutes, add rice and remaining veggies to pan. Let fry a couple minutes and stir occasionally. Then add soy sauce and sesame oil.

Tip: Cold rice from the night before is a little drier and works great for stir fry. Next time you cook rice, cook a large batch and consider freezing it for future batches of fried rice.

We are huge fried rice fans in our house and everyone loves this method of cooking it at home! Enjoy!


Want more meatless meals? Check out this 7 Layer Tortilla Pie recipe, Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers recipe and Vegetarian Pasta Fagioli recipe and stay tuned for more Meatless recipes in the weeks and months to come! :)

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How to Make Ice Cream In a Bag

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Did you know you can make creamy homemade ice cream in a bag at home with just a few simple ingredients? This recipe makes a perfect project for the kiddos to help with – great for a summer break activity!

Homemade Ice cream in a Bag

(Recipe found via HubPages.com)
Makes single servings

Ingredients:

1/2 cup half & half or milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon sugar
1/3 cup rock salt
3 cups of crushed ice
1 gallon size freezer bag
1 sandwich size freezer bag

For chocolate ice cream: 2 teaspoons cocoa powder + 1/2 teaspoon sugar

Making homemade ice cream without an ice cream maker Hip2SaveDirections: In a larger gallon-size freezer bag, mix salt and ice. In the sandwich-size freezer bag, mix together half & half, vanilla, and sugar (and cocoa powder if making chocolate ice cream). Seal sandwich-size bag tightly and place inside the gallon bag. Seal gallon-size bag tightly, and shake for about 5-10 minutes until mixture is frozen. This is the perfect opportunity for a kid helper but consider using gloves or a kitchen towel because the mixture will be cold. Be gentle enough not to break the bag.

Eat right from the bag or scoop in a bowl or cone. Yum! :)

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Easy Restaurant Style Salsa

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If you’re looking for an excellent Cinco de Mayo recipe idea, whip up this great tasting homemade restaurant style salsa that takes just minutes when using your blender or food processor. It’s so easy and delicious – you’ll never want store bought again! :)

Ingredients

Two – 14.5 oz cans diced tomatoes (try the fire roasted variety)
1/2 bunch of cilantro
1/2 white onion
3 green onions
2 jalapeños, seeded (more or less depending on the heat you prefer)
3 cloves garlic
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt (or to taste)

How to make salsa in the blenderDirections: In a high powered blender or food processor, add cilantro, jalapeno, onions, garlic, and lime juice. Pulse until chopped finely (if you like salsa a little chunky, just process a few seconds!). Add tomatoes and pulse a few times to combine. Stir in cumin & salt to taste and serve with tortilla chips. Makes about 5 cups of salsa. Store leftovers covered in the refrigerator.
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If you’re looking for other popular Mexican inspired recipes from Hip2Save, try these Slow Cooker Refried Beans, Homemade Flour Tortillas, Weeknight Red Enchiladas, Citrus Paloma Cocktail, 7 Layer Tortilla Pie, and Zesty Quinoa Salad.

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Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Chicken

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Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Chicken

If you’re looking for an easy and delicious slow cooker meal to add to your family dinner rotation, try this Honey Mustard Chicken recipe! The result is a flavorful shredded chicken dish with an awesome slow cooked glaze – perfect to serve on top of rice or noodles or even in sandwiches.

Slow Cooker Honey Mustard Chicken

(Adapted from BestRecipeBox.com)

Ingredients:
2.5-3 pounds of boneless chicken thighs or a mix of thighs/breast meat
1/2 cup honey
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
4 cloves minced garlic
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
few sprigs of fresh rosemary plus some for garnish
2 tablespoons cornstarch + 2 tablespoons water

Easy Honey Mustard ChickenDirections: Spray slow cooker with nonstick spray and place chicken inside. Whisk together honey, soy sauce, garlic, mustard, and pepper in a small bowl and pour over chicken in slow cooker. Place a few fresh sprigs of rosemary over the top. Cover & cook chicken on low setting for about 6 hours or on high setting for about 4 hours or until chicken is tender. If possible, check chicken several times and stir.

To finish: Remove chicken from slow cooker and set on a plate or cutting board leaving the sauce in the slow cooker. Stir cornstarch with water in a cup and whisk it in with the sauce. Shred chicken and put it back in slow cooker for another 20 minutes or so until the sauce thickens. Serve chicken and sauce on top of rice, noodles, or even in sandwiches! Makes about 4-6 servings.

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5 Ingredient Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

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If you’re in the mood for cookies, try this quick five ingredient recipe – it uses almond butter resulting in yummy gluten-free chocolate chip cookies! They are so easy, turn out soft and chewy, and require just one bowl!

5 Ingredient Gluten-Free Chocolate Chip Cookies

(Recipe via MarthaStewart.com)

1 cup Almond Butter
1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
1 cup chocolate chips
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
splash of vanilla extract (optional)

Almond Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies Hip2SaveDirections: Preheat oven to 350 degrees and mix together all ingredients in a large bowl until dough forms. Place teaspoon sized amounts of dough on a parchment paper lined cookie sheet or a silicone lined baking sheet like pictured. Bake for 10 minutes and transfer to cooling rack to cool. These cookies turned out gooey and delicious! Enjoy! :)

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Lemon Poppy Seed Scones

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Brighten up your morning with these lively homemade lemon poppy seed scones that are both easy to make and come together quickly using a food processor.  They come out perfectly crumbly and tender with a great lemon-y flavor – perfect for a lazy weekend morning or a special occasion brunch!

Lemon Poppy Seed Scones

(Adapted from Food.com)

Ingredients:

3 cups All-Purpose Flour
1/2 cup Sugar
3 tablespoons Poppy Seeds
1 tablespoon Baking Powder
2 tablespoon grated lemon rind
10 tablespoons cold Butter, grated or cut into small pieces
1 large Egg
2 tablespoons fresh Lemon Juice
1/3 cup Milk ( I use skim)
1 tablespoon Sugar

Making Lemon Poppyseed Scones Hip2SaveDirections: Mix flour, 1/2 cup sugar, poppy seeds, baking powder, and lemon peel in a food processor. Cut in butter using brief on/off turns. In a small bowl, whisk together egg and lemon juice. Add to flour mixture using brief on/off turns until moist clumps form. Add 1/3 cup milk and process again briefly using on/off turns until dough forms. If you have a scone pan like mine, press mixture evenly into the greased pan. If not, just flour your hands and create a dough ball on cutting board. Flatten to about 8 inches round, and cut into 8 wedges. Transfer wedges to a baking sheet and brush with milk. Sprinkle with an extra tablespoon of sugar. Bake at 375 degrees for about 25 minutes, until scones are golden. Let cool and serve. Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container.
Yummy Lemon Poppyseed Scones Hip2SaveNote: I decreased sugar by half from original recipe because I like less sweet scones so use your judgment. Also, these scones can most certainly be made by hand or by using a stand mixture if you don’t have a food processor. The key is to not overwork the dough to keep them fluffy.

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