Meatless Monday got pushed back a couple of days this week. On Monday I was all set to make one of our favorite dishes with soysage instead of sausage, but for a couple of reasons we ended up picking up pepperoni and bacon pizzas instead. Whoops.
And then last night Steph and Pete got taken to the Red Sox–Yankees game, so we didn't have a family dinner at all.
But! Just because it's Wednesday doesn't mean we have to eat meat. So tonight I made Baked Ziti with Spinach and Tomatoes, which is probably my family's #1 favorite meal. The kids call it "Crispy Noodles," because the ziti and cheese do get nicely browned and crunchy in the oven. I've been making this forever, and it never disappoints.
Normally I use the garlic-herb chicken sausages from Whole Foods, which have a nice flavor but are not too spicy for the kids. But tonight I used MorningStar Farms Meal Starters, which are similar to the Lightlife Smart Grounds I used last week. It's crumbled up soy stuff that you use the same way you'd use ground beef (or, in this case, sausage dumped out of its casings). The nice thing about the MorningStar Farms product is that it's frozen, whereas the Lightlife is refrigerated (and perishable). Also, I don't know whether I did something wrong with the Lightlife, but it stuck to the pan something horrible when I tried to saute it in a little oil, whereas this MorningStar Farms stuff did not.
The kids said that the final dish tasted exactly like the usual sausage version. Andy and I both enjoyed it very much but did notice a slight lack of flavor. I think if I either used a flavored soysage product or added some more garlic and onions, it would be better.
So, we finally did it: a true vegetarian meal without seafood or chicken broth this time. Nyah nyah!