Feeding a Meat Eater... Vegetarian Style

Today's guest post is from Kari @ Running Ricig!
Not only is Kari a runner, amazing fundraiser, and lover of food, she is a vegetarian. Be sure to check out her fabulous blog HERE for plenty of laughs, pics of her cute dog, and delicious recipes (her famous Banana bread.. YUM!)

Hi, I’m Kari and I’m a vegetarian…who is married to a meat LOVER.
People always ask me if Mike (my husband) is a vegetarian too. When I say no, the response is always, “how does he survive since you don’t cook meat?”

Mike and I are both runners and hearty eaters. I can understand that on the surface, vegetarianism can look like a lettuce and tofu extravaganza. That is not the case in our house.
While Mike still gets deli meat in his lunches and ALWAYS orders meat when out to eat, we’ve developed a rotation of meatless meals that are crazy hearty, satisfying, and chock full of protein and other runner-friendly nutrients for meals at home.

One of the easiest and most delicious is Quesadilla Casserole. There are really only five ingredients, but you can jazz it up to your preference too.
3 Whole Wheat Tortillas
1 can Black Beans drained, rinsed
1 can corn drained
Shredded Mexican cheese
Cayenne pepper
Chili Powder

1.     Preheat your oven to 350.
2.     On the stove, heat black beans with cayenne pepper, cumin, and chili powder (I usually spice heavily 'cause we like it hot, hot, hot) until hot.
3.     In a greased pie pan, place 1 tortilla. Cover tortilla in half of the beans.
4.     Top the beans with corn and cheese, covering the cheese with another tortilla.
5.     Repeat steps 2 and 3.
6.     Top tortilla with cheese.
7.     Bake for 20 minutes and serve topped with salsa.


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Lisa said...

I might try that. But i would add some fresh green chile out of my garden ;-)

Wells L said...

I've made something similar before (forgot about it -thanks for the reminder) and it's delicious. Love that your recipe is only 5 ingredients! So great! I'm coming over to your blog - fun!

Vanessa @ Gourmet Runner said...

Sounds delicious, nice recipe Kari!

Lisa J said...

omg that looks amazing! I will definitely have to try that out!

Brian said...

Ask her about her thumb. It causes vegetarianism.

Kara said...

I heard she makes her husband eat tofu on a daily basis and he cries himself to sleep at night. True story.

Molly said...


Alyssa said...

People always ask me how Eric survives too, like I'm starving him or something. Well, he did go across the street and get fried chicken every night for the first year of our marriage. I didn't know about things like tortilla casserole then.

Suzy said...

Nice post. It is always interesting the questions that are asked of vegetarians. I always get asked if I'm making my kids be vegetarians. Nope...they fall into the meat lovers arena. Also, I do a recipe like that one in my crockpot during the winter. So yummy!