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13 Mar

Vegetarian Dinners

Posted in Copycat Recipes, vegetarian on 13.03.12 by Smart Ingredients

Whether because it’s lent, because you always eat vegetarian, because you are turned off by the “pink slime” in the news, or because you overdid it on bacon after our last blog, we want to dish up some great recipes for you that include no meat. My family is trying to eat lighter, and vegetarian dishes have been strong on our menu. Enjoy the following recipes for Copycat Taco Bell Pizza (without meat), Potato Omelet, Sweet Potato Burgers, Tomato Pie and Vegetable Frittata.

Copycat Taco Bell Pizza Recipe

6 servings


  • Olive oil
  • 12 – 8″ tortillas
  • 1 cup refried beans
  • 1/2 cup tomato salsa
  • 2 10-ounce cans tomato paste
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar/jack cheese
    and if you do want to add meat: 
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 pound ground beef + 2 tablespoons taco seasoning (optional)
  • 1/4 cup water
In a pan on stove, cook tomato paste, oil and water with 2 tablespoons taco seasoning, stirring frequently, 25 minutes.
Lightly baste each tortilla with oil. Bake on a baking sheet in 325 degree oven for 8 minutes, turning once, until lightly crisped. Spread beans on each of 6 tortillas. Top with remaining tortillas. Spread sauce generously on each pizza, top with equal portions of cheese, and then salsa. Bake at 350 for 15 -20 minutes or until cheese is bubbly.
If also adding ground beef, brown beef in pan on stove. Drain fat and add taco seasoning and water, and cook for 7 minutes more. Include meat on top of refried beans.
Did you know a Potato Omelet, or Tortilla de Patata is the most commonly served dish in Spain? It is crisp, yet fluffy, tasty and filling! It is served as a main course and as an appetizer. Top with hot sauce, salsa or enjoy just as-is.
Potato Omelet


  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled
  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper

Cube potatoes into 1/4-inch pieces. Combine potatoes and onions and season with salt and pepper. In a large, heavy, non-stick frying pan, heat the olive oil on medium heat. Cook potatoes and onions in oil until tender (another option is to boil or microwave potatoes until tender, then add to pan with onions and oil for browning). Remove from the pan with a slotted spoon or spatula and allow oil to drain. Whisk eggs, and combine with potatoes and onions. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in frying pan, and slowly pour in egg mixture. When the mixture has browned on the bottom, place a large plate upside down over the frying pan. Flip the omelet out onto the plate. Return pan to stove, and add just enough oil to cover the bottom and sides of the pan. Slide the omelet into the frying pan. Use the spatula to shape the sides of the omelet. Let the omelet cook for 3-4 minutes.

Visit the Vegetarian Recipes section of our website for other vegetarian meals such as Tomato Pie, Sweet Potato Burgers and Vegetable Frittata.




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