Favorite Weeknight Meal Ideas

“Favorite Weeknight Meal Ideas”

My husband is vegetarian but isn’t really a fan of vegetarian style food. He likes hearty, he likes filling meals and he would prefer a delicious shepherds pie over a salad.

For the nights when I don’t feel like making mashed potatoes from scratch or if I don’t have any potatoes on hand, I love to reach for the Ore-Ida® Steam n’ Mash®. Basically, they are delicious homemade mashed potatoes and come in a bag that you can steam then in your microwave for 10 minutes, and then mash them like you normally do – you know, to make them your own.

Pretty easy, right?

I like to experiment with the different vegetarian meals I make. You can take a look at our pinterest board where we are pinning our favorite weeknight meals.

This caught my eye! Crock Pot Honey Sesame Chicken which we found on pinterest.

Another family favorite? My recipe for Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie!

Easy Vegetarian Shepherds Pie Recipe


Mashed potato layer:
Ore-Ida® Steam n’ Mash®

Bottom layer:
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 large yellow onion, chopped
2 carrots, chopped
3 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 cup frozen peas
1 tomato, chopped
1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1 clove garlic, minced, or more to taste
1 pinch ground black pepper to taste
1 (14 ounce) package vegetarian ground beef substitute (we use Boca, although Morningstar makes some good crumbles too.)
1/2 cup shredded Cheddar

Croissant Crust:
1 tube of Croissant Dough from Pillsbury (I used the butter ones)


Cook potatoes per the directions on the bag.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C), and spray a 2-quart baking dish with cooking spray.

If you are going to make the Croissant Crust, this is where you would just spread out the dough on the bottom of the pan and bake it for about 10 minutes or so, that way the dough gets firm enough to not remain soggy.

Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium heat, and cook and stir the onion, carrots, celery, frozen peas, and tomato until softened, about 10 minutes. Stir in the Italian seasoning, garlic, and pepper.

Reduce the heat to medium-low, and crumble the vegetarian ground beef substitute into the skillet with the vegetables. Cook and stir, breaking up the meat substitute, until the mixture is hot, about 5 minutes.

Spread the vegetarian meat substitute mixture into the bottom of the baking dish, and top with the mashed potatoes, smoothing them into an even layer. Sprinkle the potatoes with the shredded cheese.

Bake in the preheated oven until the cheese is melted and slightly browned and the casserole is hot, about 20 minutes.

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