Ideas for vegetarian meals for people that like a big dinner?

(45 Posts)
nancy75 Sat 16-Mar-13 21:48:17

we eat way too much meat, I would like to have vegetarian meals about twice a week but don't know what to cook. Dp looks like a tooth pick but eats like a lumberjack and any vege recipes I find would be seen as a side dish, so can you help me with meal ideas that don't have meat but will fill up my dps bottomless pit of a stomach?

Selks Sat 23-Mar-13 20:42:06

Oh glad it worked well for you smile

eatssleepsfeeds Sat 23-Mar-13 20:28:06

Selks - thanks for that lovely squash and goats cheese lasagne recipe link posted above. Made it this evening. Added some peppers and mushrooms to filling and nutmeg to the sauce. Served with a lemony rocket salad. Delicious!

Thanks again!

Drladybird Mon 18-Mar-13 13:50:02

Lots of lovely recipes here. My selection for hungry folks would be:
Lentil lasagne is always a winner with meat-eaters and veggies. Lentils are nutritious and simply brilliant so I hope your family comes to love them!

What about a Moroccan carrot and chickpea stew Easy to make and tasty.

As others suggest, a curry is a great option. What about this Pea, paneer and spinach curry

I would also check out some other veggie blogs. The vegetarian society has a good list here

Happy veggie cooking and eating!

Liskey Mon 18-Mar-13 07:49:52

A nice soup from the Hugh f-w book is Curried sweet potato, maybe with nan bread as well - our new favourite!

Emmie412 Mon 18-Mar-13 07:43:09

Oh and be certain to add enough spices to your liking. I tend to add more garlic, chilli etc than in the recipes as we like spicy food. smile

Emmie412 Mon 18-Mar-13 07:41:32

I started a similar experiment about 6 weeks ago and here are our most successful ones (you won't miss the meat at all):

Falafels (serve with sweet chilli sauce)
http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2589/spicy-falafels

Cheesy baked tortillas
http://www.netmums.com/family-food/family-recipes/a-z-of-family-recipes/cheesy-baked-tortillas

Spicy lentil soup with fresh out of the oven bread
http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4768/spiced-lentil-soup
(used coconut milk for part of the stock and think this would make a fantastic curry sauce with less stock and chickpeas)

Black bean quesadillas with homemade guacamole and salsa
http://www.guardian.co.uk/lifeandstyle/2013/mar/02/10-best-bean-recipes
(scroll down for the recipe)

I think the key is to find dishes that are lovely on their own accord rather than just trying to convert meat dishes into veggie dishes with disgusting things like quorn. Lentils and beans make it more substantial and spices help to make it more satisfying.

You could try risottos, pastas, pizza, bean bakes, soups etc.

someoftheabove Sun 17-Mar-13 22:45:14

You don't say if you have DCs - quorn is ok but it's very low in iron so wouldn't be a good thing to give teenage girls on a regular basis. We're veggie and we much prefer soya mince (Sainbury's and Tesco both do their own). Higher in iron and better tasting, IMO. Some people make the mistake of frying veggie mince in the same way you would fry beef mince - don't! Just add it to the sauce and make sure you leave it to simmer for about half an hour. So if it's veggie bolognese, for example, add it after you've added the tomatoes.

TBh, I just wouldn't bother trying to cater for someone who doesn't see vegetarian food as complete or filling. You're fighting a losing battle. Just make it for yourself and give him his steak!

Selks Sun 17-Mar-13 00:57:39

YY to cauldron sausages - lovely. Quorn ones not so.

Selks Sun 17-Mar-13 00:56:57

Butternut squash and goats cheese lasagna, delish and very filling.

snice Sun 17-Mar-13 00:10:40

If you do decide to give veg sausages a go I would try Cauldron Foods brand

nancy75 Sun 17-Mar-13 00:01:28

I am also going to investigate lentils!

nancy75 Sun 17-Mar-13 00:00:40

Thank you all again, i have found some good curry recipes, mushroom bourginon, mushroom Wellington, and some veggie pasta recipes.
I think to have any chance of success I need to avoid meat substitutes ( I can just imagine hs face at the thought of a veggie sausage!) I think portobello mushrooms might be my way forward.
At first I am going to aim for 1 meat free meal a week, so this should be enough to get going, I'm not planning on turning us vegetarian but it must be better for us to eat less meat ( and looking at the price of mushrooms compared to the price of steak I'll be rich too)
smile

colditz Sat 16-Mar-13 23:48:38

As you are not strictly vegetarian, it's useful to add a beef stock cube to quorn mince.

colditz Sat 16-Mar-13 23:46:50

Quorn sausages in toad in the hole with piles of potatoes, veg and gravy

Cheese and onion potato pie with baked beans and grilled tomatoes

Red peppers stuffed with couscous, tomato, garlic and feta cheese

Four egg mushroom omelette with chunky fried potato and baked beans.

This is the sort of stuff I serve quite a lot.

happyAvocado Sat 16-Mar-13 23:37:38

would your DH not enjoy vegetarian indian meal?

Iteotwawki Sat 16-Mar-13 23:08:18

Spinach & 3 cheese cannelloni
Melanzane alla Parmigiana
Spinach, chickpea & kumara curry (& rice / naan)
Garlic bread with pasta dishes
Vege fajitas / burritos / nachos

Startail Sat 16-Mar-13 23:05:55

soak and then boil in the right amount of water it all absorbs, l should have added, sorry it's DHs dish, I'm normally incharge of bean curry to have with it.

Startail Sat 16-Mar-13 23:03:41

homity pie, chees and spud in a pastry case stulidly simple and very filling.

Mushroom nut roast.

kitcheri lentils onions rice and indian spices, but not chilli, my recipe is red lentils I can't find one to post that's quite the same.

basically soak for an hour equal parts red lentils, rice, a fried onion, a cinnamon stick, cardamom pods and cloves. Brilliant for making light veggie curry filling.

nancy75 Sat 16-Mar-13 22:54:55

Shr0edinger, that sounds like something he would eat, where can I find a recipe?

Shr0edinger Sat 16-Mar-13 22:53:24

Whats the hww book??

Just remembered a mushroom and camembert tart I did recently. With new potatoes and either salad or steamed vege, it's v filling (it really doesn't need the potatoes!).

Shr0edinger Sat 16-Mar-13 22:50:07

We only have meat once a week at my mum's house. im not veg but the equivalent of a smoker who smokes other people'sccigs!
at the moment my fave meal mushroom wellington in filo pastry. with whiskey, sweet chilli & coconut cream sauce. i also drain the mushrooms and add liquid to the sauce. any meat eater would shovel it away double quick.

nancy75 Sat 16-Mar-13 22:46:06

Snice, that is the problem, dp will say that Mac n cheese, ratatouille or cauliflower cheese are things you have with meat, not instead of. He would eat it and then an hour later he would be eating 4 sandwiches! I have tried stuff like veggie lasagne too, he thinks it is student food. I might just tell him to cook his own flaming dinner! ( to be fair he often comes home, has dinner and then goes back to work so he doesn't have time to do his own)

I must be the only vegetarian who really doesn't like that HFW book. It does nothing for me. Over-reliant on tinned tomatoes, lots of bland recipes and lots of things no recipe even needed for (cheese on toast fgs).

Woofers Sat 16-Mar-13 22:41:54

Hugh f w does a fantastic recipe book - river cottage veg everyday. We love courgette rice file pie, and pinto bean chilli.

Good luck

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