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?

frenchlion Sat 16-Mar-13 22:04:18

why not cook 'traditional' meals using quorn mince, like shepherd's pie, chilli con carne, wraps, spag bol etc. (My extremely fussy dc can't tell the difference and eat it no problem)

Or jacket potatoes with various toppings.

A big beany (veggie) sausage stew/casserole.

Vegetable noodle/rice stir fry.

nancy75 Sat 16-Mar-13 22:08:23

Tried quorn spag Bol, it ended up in the bin, jackets potato would be fine for me, but this is the problem, dp sees a jacket potato as something you have with a bit of steak!

ThePskettiIncident Sat 16-Mar-13 22:10:14

Ottolenghi has a brilliant leek and mushroom pie recipe. It's full of creamy loveliness and very filling. Serve with mash and veg?

Chilli is also very hearty.

I like making root veg pasties and potato or cauliflower curries are also good.

Hugh fearnley whitingstall has a section in his veg book called hearty meals. My favourite of those is the North African stew, it's warming and spicy and full of flavour!

looseleaf Sat 16-Mar-13 22:12:01

I make dahl a lot - fry onion with cumin and carrot, add lentils with homemade stock (and bacon bits can add a lot of flavour without adding much meat?) and serve with poppadums and rice. The stock makes it quite rich and satisfying as I get ravenous too.
We also make bean stews too and again might use a bit of meat (chorizo) if want extra flavour.
Is fish ok? Salmon can be very filling? I cook this in a stir fry with noodles and coriander and Thai chilli-type sauce

nancy75 Sat 16-Mar-13 22:17:40

Thank you, I will have a look a hugh's hearty meals. Fish would be fine, however he won't eat fish! The Dahl sounds good, I don't mind a little bit of bacon or whatever i'm trying to get away from big bits of meat every day.

ItsAllGoingToBeFine Sat 16-Mar-13 22:17:52

A massive veg curry with lots of potato, rice, naan bread
Veggie chilli with rice
Shepherds pie, lentils no mince..

nancy75 Sat 16-Mar-13 22:19:34

I don't think I have ever even eaten a lentil, let alone cooked one, it could be interesting!

janji Sat 16-Mar-13 22:19:46

Homemade savoury pancakes stuffed with ricotta and spinach and covered in white sauce with melted cheese on top. Fold into triangles or roll into cannelloni type tubes and bung in oven. One of my dh faves!

AmandaPayneNeedsaHoliday Sat 16-Mar-13 22:21:14

Lentil based shepherds pie?

Vegetable lasagnes? I serve mine with salad, maybe garlic bread. But for the full stuffing experience you could add chips.

Veg curry with rice and naan.

I think you need things with lots of beans and pulses to fill him up!

AmandaPayneNeedsaHoliday Sat 16-Mar-13 22:21:49

Oh, just seen your lentil comment. there is a good shepherdess pie on bbc good food website.

Mushroom and stilton pie?
Root vege pie, with chestnuts
Macaroni cheese
Cheese and potato pie

Thewhingingdefective Sat 16-Mar-13 22:23:53

Chilli bean burritos
Veggie curry (spinach, potato, chick peas etc)
Righteous mac n cheese.

Shodan Sat 16-Mar-13 22:23:57

Delia does a fab recipe for what is essentially a fancy macaroni cheese- it's leek and bacon in a cheese sauce with penne.

It's very lovely indeed, especially if you make a crusty topping with breadcrumbs and grated cheese. And most filling.

nancy75 Sat 16-Mar-13 22:25:56

Thank you all, lots a great ideas, I will get googling for recipes.

Floralnomad Sat 16-Mar-13 22:26:04

Ratatouille served with crusty bread is very filling ,also cheap,quick and easy .

snice Sat 16-Mar-13 22:28:39

I would try Quorn mince again in a chilli as the strong flavour masks the inherent dullness/wierd texture. It's less successful as a bolognaise sauce as you don't get any of the richness of beef just loads of tomato flavour.

I use quorn mince as a Shepherd's pie filling and I do it in the slow cooker - the only way I've ever been able to make it edible.

TheSecondComing Sat 16-Mar-13 22:37:08

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

snice Sat 16-Mar-13 22:37:47

you see I don't really see how Ratatouille is filling as you're just eating vegetables with no protein-my DP would be eating a whole loaf to fill him up

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

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).

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)

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.

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 22:53:24

Whats the hww book??

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

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

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.

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.

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

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

would your DH not enjoy vegetarian indian meal?

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.

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.

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)

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

I am also going to investigate lentils!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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)

Cheesy baked tortillas

Spicy lentil soup with fresh out of the oven bread
(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
(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.

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

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!

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!

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!

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

Oh glad it worked well for you smile

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