12 Meatless Main Dishes

Whether you’re looking for a meatless main dish to help stretch your grocery budget, for a Friday during Lent, or to improve your health a bit, Foodie with Family has some fantastic choices for you. All of these recipes are road-tested and approved by our family of five boys and two adults, most of them are super budget friendly, and four of them even clock in at a full meal done in thirty minutes or less!

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Guaranteed Crispy BAKED Sweet Potato Fries

How to make perfectly crispy baked sweet potato fries in the oven every time. foodiewithfamily.com

I am passionate about sweet potato fries. Possibly, I qualify as being clinically obsessed with them. I can't think of a single food I crave more consistently than the salty sweet perfection that is sweet potato fries. If I go out to dinner and sweet potato fries are on the menu, I order them. It doesn't matter if it goes with the entrée I've chosen, they're mine. While normally I will eat a sweet potato any which way, when I'm eating sweet potato fries, I'm picky about them. They have to suit MY idea of what a perfect sweet potato fry is: ALL-CAPS LEVEL CRISPY with no added sweetener because WHY in heaven's name would you add SUGAR or somesuch to a SWEET POTATO? Seriously, people. I can sniff out sugar added to a sweet potato fry and it makes me cranky. To me, the beauty of the sweet potato fry comes not in amplifying the already sweet tuber, but in playing off of it with salty and spicy. And friends, don't even get me started on the disappointment that is a soggy sweet potato fry. Ugh. It's like deflating a balloon of happiness with a wet noodle... Torturous. That usually ends up being the problem with homemade sweet potato fries. Sweet potatoes are a little trickier to get super crispy than the good old regular potato. While I'm not one to shy away from deep-frying, I wanted to make crispy baked sweet potato fries. Because there were so many brands of tasty bakeable sweet potato fries in the freezer section, it seemed like it had to be possible to make them from … {Read on...}

Easy Baked Ranch Fish Tacos {30 Minute Meal from Scratch}

Baked Ranch Fish Tacos 30 Minute Meal www.foodiewithfamily.com

My husband has done mucho business travel lately and eaten roughly a metric ton of restaurant food. To hear him tell it, he's good and tired of eating out. "It's the same thing all the time! Bread, meat, brown stuff, heavy, low on the veggies! I want some home cooking!" Leaving aside the fact that I would love to throw in the towel and go out to dinner to celebrate his being home, I get it. You just plain feel BETTER and HEALTHIER when you eat food made at home on a regular basis. ...Well, provided you're not making meals of THIS, ya know... Or THIS. I do get it. When you are eating at home, you have three distinct advantages: 1) Quality Control. You decide the quality and origins of your ingredients. 2) Portion Control. You are far more likely to eat a more reasonably sized portion at home. 3) Yoga pants. As in, you can wear them while you're cooking AND while you're eating. And bonus: No need to brush your hair! Is it just me or is that the perfect accompaniment to dinner? ...And still? My husband loves me. And he LOVES my food! He is especially fond of the dish I'm sharing today: Baked Ranch Fish Tacos. Does it sound a little familiar? It uses the Baked Ranch Fish Nuggets I shared with you last week as the main building block. What you get is crunchy, Ranch-flavoured, oven-baked fish nuggets piled on top of Sweet Corn and Black Bean Salsa, topped with Pickled Red Onions, and drizzled with Smoked Paprika Chipotle Sauce. Mercy. These fish tacos are the … {Read on...}

30 Hour Famine: My kids ask for your help in helping others…

Lindamood Boys 30 Hour Famine appeal

You see those wild and crazy young men? This photo is of my three eldest mere moments after they finished participating in a huge community game of ultra-capture-the-flag-slash-tag-slash-full-contact-hide-and-seek.  We're talking about eighty something kids chasing each other in the mud, grabbing arm bands from each other, tackling, sliding, laughing... They were pumped and muddy and thrilled to be alive. They gave it everything! ...My boys tend to give things their all. I guess we're not a halfway kind of family. This is their third year participating in the "30 Hour Famine". Have you heard of it? I know many church youth groups across North America participate. The long and short of it is that the kids fast for thirty hours, try to raise funds to help stamp out hunger worldwide, and perform service projects in the community (gathering food for the food bank, helping clean up and do yard work for shut-ins or folks who are disabled, and (in our rural case) going to urban centers to help beautify and do construction in underprivileged areas of the city. If you have a teenager or have raised one, you KNOW how big a deal it is for them to voluntarily forgo food. My guys are all in without a doubt. They plan how many projects they can do to help, they talk about it with their friends, they seriously look forward to the 30 Hour Famine. God bless their little hearts... So when they asked me if I would be willing to put an appeal up here on Foodie with Family, how could I say … {Read on...}

3 Minute Chocolate Raspberry Pudding {Dairy Free, Vegan, No-Added Sugar, Gluten-Free}

3 Minute Decadent Chocolate Raspberry Pudding {vegan, no added sugar, gluten free} #tofu www.foodiewithfamily.com

Let me just get this out of the way. I didn't call this a 'vegan pudding' even though it IS one because I didn't want you to run away screaming. Vegan pudding doesn't sound very appealing (at least to me) but this pudding is... well... it's AMAZING. That's what it is. Unreal. Silky smooth. Decadently chocolatey. Perfumed with Chambord (black raspberry liqueur). I tell you this -speaking as a tried and true, loyal full dairy pudding lover- I never once missed milk or cream in this recipe. The fact that it's done with the speed of instant pudding certainly doesn't hurt. So how do we get this luscious pudding without any dairy? Believe it or not, tofu does the job. Silken (soft) tofu is a blank slate when it comes to flavour (read: it has none of its own) and 'disappears' completely in the presence of chocolate and Chambord. What it provides, though, is the perfect creamy, thick pudding texture that we pudding lovers value so much. It feels almost like a magic trick. It just gets better and better though, because this pudding isn't cooked over a double boiler or made with constant stirring. It's made in the BLENDER. Seriously... the closest you get to cooking with this recipe is when you melt the chocolate. WHIZZZZZZBLENDWHIRRRRRR go the melted chocolate, Chambord, vanilla, and tofu in the blender. You pour it into dessert dishes (or into one big dish if you're low-maintenance), on goes the plastic wrap (and you don't have to cover the surface like you do with traditional … {Read on...}