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So bored of everything we eat. Please inspire me!

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I'm veggie, dp and dds are now meat eaters but since I do most of the shopping (online), meal planning and cooking (though dp is v good at doing prep etc) we eat veggie 99% of the time at home.

I tend to do lots of curries, chillis etc but we're all getting a bit bored of them tbh. It's also hard because dd1 won't eat anything in a creamy/cheesy sauce and I won't eat anything with tinned tomatoes, so that rules out a lot of pasta dishes for example.

Please inspire me!

Any good recipes with tofu maybe? Or something Thai-esqu? Or something with sweet potatoes which isn't a curry or a chilli? Or an exciting pie of some sort?

crikeybadger Sat 01-Jun-13 19:52:45

I get most of my veggie recipes from the bbc good food website. There is a good ginger tofu recipe as well as something called Greek pie which is good.

When you say you won't eat tinned tomatoes does that include passatta?

Thank you. Ginger tofu sounds good. I make a Greek pie with leeks, spinach and feta but the dds are not over-find of it, unfortunately.

I'm okay with passatta, but would prefer things without it.

Is this the ginger tofu? It looks perfect, thank you. smile

greenhill Sat 01-Jun-13 20:04:07

Do you like eggs? Frittatas (hard omelettes you can cut into wedges) are good full of potatoes, spinach and nutmeg or with mixed peppers, pimiento and caramelised red onions etc.

I've got a big jar of thick black bean paste that goes with all sorts of vegetables, mushrooms, tofu etc in stir fries and with noodles.

crikeybadger Sat 01-Jun-13 20:11:01

Yes that's the one smile
How about some sort of asparagus tart as it's in season now?
The other thing I'm in to at the mo is Hugh Fearnley whatsitsname's fennel, feta and basil linguine - really quick and easy and no tomatoes.

Yes to frittatas, black bean paste and asparagus. No to fennel because it is evil. smile

crikeybadger Sat 01-Jun-13 20:18:58

Evil?! He he, I used to think that but cooked slowly it's great. oh and it was a Nigel Slater recipe not Hugh!

greenhill Sat 01-Jun-13 20:20:17

Also, what about a textured soy protein pie? I make the gravy from a mixture of marmite, hp sauce, vegetable paste and umami paste (Worcestershire sauce contains anchovies, so you may not want that) and use the potato and parsnip water to add some liquid to the gravy. You can make the mash topping with potatoes / parsnips / swede / sweet potato etc in any combination. I'd add mushrooms to the TSP too.

Thanks Greenhill. I do a shepherd's pie with Quorn mince (the only way I can stomach the stuff). I don't like TVP.

wallpaperaddict Sat 01-Jun-13 20:21:45

We do eat a little meat but as I get bored making the same stuff every week, we are on a self imposed veggie week! Not hugely inspirational but my meals for the week were:
Falafel burgers in pitta with houmous and salad, sweetcorn fritters with salsa and salad, pesto and Mediterranean veg pasta, homemade vegetable tart, jacket potatoes with cheese and beans, homemade pizza topped with onions,peppers and sweetcorn and a veg curry.

Sweetcorn fritters - yum. I do them as a starter with salad and chilli sauce, but we are too greedy to have them as a main meal!

wallpaperaddict Sat 01-Jun-13 20:28:25

Yes they were listed as a starter but I doubled up the recipe and made a huge mixed salad so it was a more substantial meal! and DH and I intend to scoff the whole tealoaf i made earlier, this evening! so won't be left hungry!

greenhill Sat 01-Jun-13 20:30:27

Yes, TSP, TVP and Quorn Mince are all quite difficult to love. I gave away my Linda McCartney cookbooks because so many of the recipes seemed to use meat substitutes and seemed to want to look like a meaty meal: nut cutlets, vegetarian mince, vegetarian sausages etc.

I don't know if the Cranks Cookbooks are still available, but they are my go to guide for soups, savouries etc.

Kneedeepindaisies Sat 01-Jun-13 20:31:04

Come and join us on the cookbook thread. Jerusalem was quite good for vegetarians [[ http://www.mumsnet.com/Talk/food_and_recipes/1740800-Cookery-bookclub-May-Jerusalem-by-Ottolenghi-and-Kitchen-Diaries-I-by-Nigel-Slater?pg=1&order=]]

Kneedeepindaisies Sat 01-Jun-13 20:31:38

Why can I not do links on this bloody phone.hmm

I'm on it, but not allowed to buy any more cookbooks!

Do you like risotto? You can mix anything into it. Might be a bit creamy though. What about vege fajihtas?

I make an amazing beer root penne pasta: roast the beet root for ages, chop up when soft and leave for a min. Fry lemon juice (1 lemon) and onion with a few garlic cloves, then add the beet root. Cook some penne pasta, then mix it all together and mix with half a thing of single cream. Chuck some Parmesan on the top.

You get an unbelievable cerise pink tea, tastes amazing! The colour is so bonkers!

We also eat lots of quorn sausage stew.

I've got loads of cookery books but am feeling generally uninspired tbh.

I do sausage casserole - they tell me they are bored of it. Neither dd would eat beetroot. We have both risotto and fajitas or tacos at least once a fortnight.

LittleFeileFooFoo Sat 01-Jun-13 20:37:13

Sweet potato pie. just make it savory! mmmm.

Kneedeepindaisies Sat 01-Jun-13 20:37:37

Thought your name was familiar Remus but I thought it was on the Mad Men thread. Ignore me!

GingerPCatt Sat 01-Jun-13 20:37:56

Google green gumbo. Very tasty and good for you. Add a side of cornbread or corn fritters... Heaven!

Gumbo is okra, isn't it? Another evil vegetable!

Mad Men? Nope, not me. I don't really 'do' TV tbh - except Pointless!

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