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 [[]]

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!

Yes to cornbread though! Which recipe do you use?

Kneedeepindaisies Sat 01-Jun-13 20:51:09

Maybe it was on a thread about Pointless and the lovely Richard. I love both of

Pasta can be accompanied by any sorts of vegetables.
In this season for instance pasta is great with gently fried courgettes, red onions and lots of black pepper and mint. If you want grate some feta on top too. Same with aubergine.

Bulghur wheat with chickpeas, avocado and any herb you like and lemon juice.

The problem is that lots of these things sound lovely, but the dds would not be impressed by them. sad

Yes to the lovely Richard! smile

whosiwhatsit Sat 01-Jun-13 21:09:35

I do black bean burritos. Don't really have a recipe but I use black beans (obvs), cheese (either feta or cheddar), herbs and spices (like fresh coriander, cumin, cayenne pepper, chipotles), chopped tomatoes, jalapenos, guacamole, etc. it's a really versatile recipe. Wrap it all up in a tortilla and bake. I tend to make loads of them all at once and freeze before cooking wrapped in foil.

whosiwhatsit Sat 01-Jun-13 21:12:36

Oh and i often add quorn chicken pieces to the burritos but you could add tofu if you like. Sweet potatoes are great as chips served alongside veggie burgers.

Yup, we do burritos a lot too. Not over fond of quorn pieces, but the dds do like them. We do sweet potato chips a lot too.

A typical week would be something like -

Sunday - nut cutlets, sweet and normal potato mash, stuffing and or yorkies, vege

Monday - sweet potato, chickpea and spinach curry with rice or parathas, salad and coconut chutney, raita

Tuesday - pasta arabiatta or some such

Weds - either fajitas, burritos, tacos or chilli

Thursday - wedges, omelettes, salad or egg, chips and salad, or veggie burgers and salad

Friday - veggie shepherd's pie or veggie sausage casserole

Not necessarily in that order!

Right, how about toad in the whole with quorn sausages?

Meat free burgers with all the pickles, buns, chips etc (minus the pickles for the DCs)

I am bringing out the big guns here:
Eggy cheesy!!!! Basically hard boiled eggs with pasta, sweet corn and tons of cheesey sauce. Yum!

Vege stir fry?

Baked bean pie, layer of baked beans, layer of potato, layer of cheese!

Oh bum just saw your veggie burgers and salad.... Sorry to x pst!

Toad in the hole - yes, but in Winter
Yes to stir fry but I'd love an interesting recipe - am fed up of the ones I do.
DD1 won't do cheesy sauce, sadly. Baked beans = another evil food! smile

LittleFeileFooFoo Sat 01-Jun-13 21:32:19

Do you ever make spoon bread? I add veggies and cheese and it is very much loved by all.

Chile relleno quiche is also nice.

Spoon bread? Never! Please tell me more.

Googling the other one now.

Ooh yes to that quiche - perfect.

Is spoon bread soggy in the middle? DD1 won't eat it, if so.

whosiwhatsit Sat 01-Jun-13 21:37:34

If you're willing/able to put the time and money required you might really enjoy the food from Plenty by Ottolenghi. So far I've only made the aubergine in buttermilk sauce with pomegranate and the caramelised garlic tart but both were absolutely fantastic and tasted very different from anything I'd eaten before. The entire cookbook is vegetarian.

I really fancy the Ottolenghi stuff, but I work full time so haven't really got time for faffing.

Ok I see your difficulty now! How about a meat free Singapore noodle type thing, loads of stringy noodles with whatever veges you have lying about and soy sauce. Maybe with quorn pieces?

Cheesey nachos? Maybe squeeze some refried beans in? Would they count along side with baked beans as an evil food!!?

I make loads of soup? And crusty bread. I tend to chuck lentils in to any kind of vege soup, a base of onions, carrots, potatoes and paprika and then whatever else I have (broccoli, peas, sweet corn, green beans etc)

My mum makes an mean lentil wedge which is some kind of mixture of cooked lentils, cheese and peanut butter all cooked together into a kind of sliceable yum fest.

Cheese on toast?

Baked potatoes with all the stuff you like?

<awaits verdict> grin

happyAvocado Sat 01-Jun-13 21:42:40

Refried beans are non-evil (except to dd1!).
Yes to soup but again, tend to do the same ones (mostly either lentil or leek and potato)
Yes to baked potatoes but again, we have them so often...
Cheese on toast is a snack, not a meal!

Sorry, am super fussy. I love food (especially salads and 'foreign stuff') but get soooooooooooooo tired of trying to please everybody, day after day after day.

I suppose another idea would be for them to have meat and me to have a nice salad, but I won't cook meat!

That looks lovely, Avocado, but again is v like stuff we seem to have all the time anyway. Maybe I'm asking for the impossible.

happyAvocado Sat 01-Jun-13 21:51:05

maybe you ought to look at cooking not general - curry type of food, but try to get together few recipes of say Tamil Srilankan veggie recipes, Kerealan recipes, Tamil from Tamiland etc - they are very different and would take a little while to research, get all the ingredients and try them to see if you like them

are you able to make your own pasta/tortellini?

I am Polish and one of tastiest dishes we have and everyone loves them are called - Russian Pierogi, stuffing is made out of cottage cheese, fried onions, salt, pepper and dry mashed potatoes
You can get them from frozen compartment in Polish shops as well as some Tescos, but home made are heavenly, they also freeze really well

I am not a vegetarian but eat those kind of dishes more often than not, could you bring yourself to cook chicken? Or chop up some chorizo to add some extra flavour to their food? Or tuna to a stir fry or baked potatoes etc. is your DH veggie too?

LittleFeileFooFoo Sat 01-Jun-13 21:52:52

Spoon bread can be firm in the middle especially if you don't use cheese, or if you cook it in a shallow dish.

I dont actually use a crust for the quiche, and it's delicious!

That's a brilliant idea.

No time for making own pasta.

Just googled Plenty and it looks fantastic - I may have to break my no new cookbooks rule. smile

Will deffo do both the quiche and the spoon bread. Do you just have spoon bread and salad, or do you have the spoon bread on the side of a chilli or something?

I won't cook meat at all and fish is banned from the house except when I am not in! The dds won't eat fish anyway.

whosiwhatsit Sat 01-Jun-13 22:00:09

Roll out puff pastry. Top with either:

pesto (made with basil or sun dried tomatoes), feta cheese, chopped tomatoes, olives

tapenade (make sure it isn't made with anchovies), feta, chopped tomatoes, basil leaves and, a couple minutes before taking out of the oven, walnuts or pine nuts so they toat but don't burn

creme fresh with minced garlic stirred in, caramelised onions, herbes de Provence (this is my version of flammenkuche and tastes surprisingly nice- can add chopped quorn bacon and grated cheese but I prefer without)

LittleFeileFooFoo Sat 01-Jun-13 22:02:01

we do spoon bread as a main if we add veggies (it can be like a souffle) its a side if just plain. Its lovely with harissa or other sauce.

LittleFeileFooFoo Sat 01-Jun-13 22:03:12

Tabbouleh is good too as a salad option.

I do puff pastry thing a lot - I make it with 4 different corners, so everybody gets what they want! smile

I love taboulleh (minus evil tomatoes) but the dds pull faces at it.

Do you know the website Lisa's Kitchen? Really yummy veg recipes. Some faffier than others!

whosiwhatsit Sat 01-Jun-13 22:08:41

Get Plenty anyway as a few of the recipes are not as time-consuming, others you can do at the weekend and freeze, and you sound as bored with food as I was before getti that book. The aubergine stuff is basically just aubergine baked with olive oil and thyme, then topped with buttermilk mixed with Greek yogurt and minced garlic, za'atar and pomegranate seeds. Easy but really delicious and fresh-tasting.

LoveSewingBee Sat 01-Jun-13 22:09:21

Ratatouille (sautéed onion, Aubergines, courgettes and fresh skinned and deseeded ripe tomatoes or good quality passata/canned tomatoes, preferably Cirio) with rice and fried egg on top

Lots of pasta dishes don't contain tomatoes but sautéed mixed vegetables. Key is to cook the veg slowly in a little olive oil to bring out the flavour and then mix to the cooked pasta, if you like add grated Parmesan on top

A quick pesto consists of a blend of pecorino, pine nuts, lots of basil leaves - few handfuls and good quality oliveoil (not too much) and seasoning of course

Arab dishes are also nice. Very easy to make humours. Baba ghanoush is more work (roasting of Aubergines) but also nice.

Have you looked at some Claudia Roden recipes?

This looks amazing

I do know Lisa's Kitchen but haven't looked for a while - will certainly do so.

Thanks again all.

whosiwhatsit Sat 01-Jun-13 22:10:23

Gnocchi but don't boil it - pan fry in olive oil so it gets a little crispy on the outside. Top with lots of grilled veg and grated cheese.

LoveSewingBee Sat 01-Jun-13 22:10:28

Sorry - houmous

Yes to homemade pesto and hoummus - love the stuff. Love baba ganoush too (but barbarian dds don't).

Gnocchi is a good idea - do you buy the ready made ones?

zzzzz Sat 01-Jun-13 22:13:25

I hate tinned tomatoe too. I just process a punnet of fresh and a few sun dried as a substitute.

whosiwhatsit Sat 01-Jun-13 22:13:36

Yes - tried making homemade gnocchi once but it didn't turn out as well as the shop bought.

Fresh gnocchi now in my Sainsbo's basket!

Like the idea of blending fresh toms.

Good luck OP!

LoveSewingBee Sat 01-Jun-13 22:21:32

I think that many canned tomatoes are not really ripe which makes them sour and results in producers adding sugar.

Good quality canned tomatoes can be really nice though (at least I think so).

If using fresh tomatoes, I would select fully ripe ones, blanch them for a minute or so to deseed them and remove the seeds. I find it hard to find ripe tomatoes at the moment though.

I hate them all, even the posh ones! smile

LoveSewingBee Sat 01-Jun-13 22:24:58

Fair enough.

Risotto with added nuts are also nice.

slightlysoupstained Sat 01-Jun-13 22:34:28

You could do baked tofu as an alternative to stirfry sometimes? is good, or you could try the following:

Cube tofu, aubergine, & maybe a couple of other veg like mushrooms or courgette. Fairly chunky rather than small pieces. Put in casserole dish, pour over hoisin sauce (or black bean sauce). Put lid on & bake at low to medium temp for at least 45 mins.

I find the Post Punk Kitchen stuff good for combinations I would never think of myself. Browsed one of her books that a friend had (Veganomicon I think) & she had a great suggestion for quick meals: basically a bean, a green, a grain, and a sauce. Easy to vary the sauce - make a batch up at weekend?

LoveSewingBee Sat 01-Jun-13 22:41:24

Red lentil soup is also nice and red lentils don't need soaking overnight.

chickydoo Sat 01-Jun-13 22:45:54

Stuffed mushrooms
The really big ones, slice peppers, red onion, goats cheese, sliced black olives, some spinach & basil. Breadcrumbs over the top & grated cheese.
Serve with rocket & herb salad & vegetable chips. Sliced up sweet potato, ordinary potato, parsnips etc oil, rock salt. 50 mins in oven...lovely...

Thanks for the tofu recipe - looks good. I do a baked tofu thing with five spice powder, which is gorgeous. Your hoisin thing sounds good too.

Do lentil soup a lot.

Love stuffed mushrooms but both dds are mushroom refusers.

happyAvocado Sat 01-Jun-13 23:25:42

have you ever tried buckwheat?

delicious with mushroom gravy on a side

I haven't tried it, so thanks for that. The dds won't eat mushrooms but dp and I could try it.

tethersend Sat 01-Jun-13 23:54:36

Vv easy is tofu and sweet potato Japanese curry with sticky rice. I get the tesco's jar of concentrate to make the curry sauce, it's very good.

You could also use chicken, or breadcrumb and fry the components for Katsu curry.

Homemade falafel (make in advance if pushed for time) with beetroot, watercress and halloumi in a wrap with chilli sauce and yoghurt.

Will have a think of some more... Am having similar food boredom issues!

Yes to falafel. Yes to katsu curry too. I don't shop in Tesco but will see if Sainsbo's do the sauce.

It's my own fault really for insisting on family meals!

happyAvocado Sat 01-Jun-13 23:59:48

we traditionally eat it with mushroom gravy but once you try it you can find another flavour to complement it
I like it then with sweet pickled cucumbers - just to balance mildness of it

greenhill Sun 02-Jun-13 00:00:10

Our local Sainsbury's do a Wagamama version of the Katsu sauce. It was yummy.

happyAvocado Sun 02-Jun-13 00:02:27

what about soups? do you like them?
for instance tuscan cannellini soup

We do like soup, but mostly in winter. Will google that though.

You lot are brilliant - my Pinterest food board is filling up nicely!

happyAvocado Sun 02-Jun-13 00:20:33

most certainly summer soup for my taste
I prefer it without pasta though

These are very quick and kids love them. I vary the recipe using the bean base but different flavours e.g finely chopped fried mushrooms.

I use lentils a lot. Delia has great puy lentil loaf and shepherds pie recipes.

whosiwhatsit Sun 02-Jun-13 10:05:47

Sweet potatoes fritters: boil chunks of sweet potato. Drain. Stir in sweet corn, flour and egg to bind, whatever chopped herbs and spices you fancy. Shallow fry spoonfuls in light olive oil until crispy. Serve with spiced Greek yogurt or sweet chili sauce and a salad.

bakingaddict Sun 02-Jun-13 10:23:23

Tempura vegetables, deep fried tofu with spring onions, chillli and peanut satay sauce.

Chinese turnip cake or Law Bok Gow is delicious, and not really a cake at all.

Chinese vegetable or gyoza dumplings. Really easy to make yourself, just buy the dumpling wrappers from any Oriental supermarket and serve with a soy dipping sauce.

Fritters and burgers = fantastic. Thank you.

Never heard of turnip cake - will google immediately! Do you make your own satay sauce or buy it?

We've got a couple of good Chinese supermarkets in Brum, but I must admit that they scare me a bit!

Righto, have been poking around my blog and bookmarks for ideas for you, and will give some links.
paneer tikka
Leek, cannelini bean and thyme casserole I served this with roast cherry tomatoes and green olive and tallegio scones.
Savoury cheesecake I subbed the beetroot for spring onions.
Lentil, mushroom and cheese plait You could easily leave out the mushrooms.
Veg curry selection
Red pepper soup with chilli cheese cornbread

Thanks Netto.

I do paneer and curries a lot, and the dds are getting bored of them in any combination. sad

DD1 won't eat the cheesecake or the leek and bean thing.

Soup and cornbread is a good idea and I like the sound of the lentil plait too.

How the heck are you, btw? smile

Can anybody suggest a really easy pie for meateaters? I do one where I fry up leeks and onion then mix them with feta, chopped soinach and an egg and whack into puff pastry folded over. It's lovely but dd1 won't eat it. Could I do something similar, perhaps with bacon? It's the leeks and the melty cheese she objects to.

The sweet potato bites look lovely btw.

GingerPCatt Sun 02-Jun-13 18:33:33

Very late reply
Gumbo isn't okra though you can put okra in it. Gumbo is a Cajun stew. It's usually with seafood but green gumbo is made with a combo of green veggies (kale, cabbage) and herbs.

I'm good, thanks for asking.
Loving my new house and living in the middle of town, but have got out of the habit of blogging, still cooking loads though.

Thanks, Ginger.

Netto - I didn't know you'd moved. Glad you're all settled in. I thought I hadn't seen you for a while - not since I 'dissed' One Direction in fact! smile

Hhahah, I still love the Wandies, I have tickets for them for next year grin

Weirdo wink

Accentuatethepositive Sun 02-Jun-13 20:34:08

Easy pie: mix shredded cooked chicken - you could buy one ready cooked? -with sliced mushrooms (if accepted!) tub of cream cheese and a bit of double cream ( sorry for vague quantities!)

Layer 5 sheets of filo on a springform tin with butter brushed between. Put filling in then a 6th sheet of filo on top, tuck in as if making a bed and brush with butter. Bake in a medium oven, 30 mins in tin then another 30 with sides removed. It's yummy.

Other ideas:
Butternut squash cubed and roasted with chilli flakes and whole garlic. Half way through cooking add cubes halloumi. Toss through with cooked penne.

Butternut squash roasted, served with gnocchi and some garlic and sage lightly cooked in butter.

There's a roasted carrot feta and puy lentil salad on BBC good food that's amazing.

Also we often have roast veg mixed with a tin of puy lentils with feta crumbled on top and some posh bread on the side.

Roast veg can be surprisingly versatile. Vary the veg, use different spice mixes, add cooked chickpeas, beans, lentils and/or haloumi or paneer (or tofu, I guess). Mix through some sort of carbs (giant cous cous, pasta, bulgar wheat, quinoa, rice, anything frankly). Or stuff in to bread/spread on puff pastry, make filo pastry parcels/baskets, use to top a homemade 'pizza'. The result is lots of things that look like very different meals, but are all very easy.

Tofu in black bean sauce is really good.

Chiruashi sushi is very easy to make (because it doesn't require any complex assembly) and can be topped with all sorts of veggie toppings (including tofu). There are load of recipes online ([[ e.g.).

Japanese style noodle soups can be made vegetarian (usually vegan) and they're lovely. This looks very filling, and pretty healthy.

Positive -

Easy pie sounds good but dd1 won't eat it because of the cheese. Neither of them will touch mushrooms.

Butternut squash pasta - do this a lot but hadn't thought of adding haloumi (not that dd1 would eat that either!)

Butternut squash roasted, served with gnocchi and some garlic and sage lightly cooked in butter - excellent

Do your dc happily eat the feta? Mine won't, but they do like puy lentils.

Arbitrary -

Can't imagine getting home from work at six and starting to make sushi. smile

Roast veg - yes, good idea to mix it with cous cous etc

Tofu in black bean sauce - do you buy the sauce?

Thanks both btw,

happyAvocado Sun 02-Jun-13 22:00:27

did you try grilled haloumi with dd1?

Yep - she won't eat it. She has never liked cheese much and now can just about cope with a bit on a pizza or sprinkled on pasta, but that's all.

I'm making them sound really fussy but they actually eat loads of fruit and vege, lentils, chickpeas etc, lots of spices, tofu, nuts, blah blah blah.

happyAvocado Sun 02-Jun-13 22:05:41

this sushi looks actually easy

it's simply sushi rice cooked + flavoured with vinegret japanese style
it's topped then with stuff like a cucumber, avocado and fried tofu, more if available smile

Yes, it does. Sorry Arb.

capercaillie Sun 02-Jun-13 22:12:34

I recommend Hugh FW veg book. It's brilliant. We cook 5 out of 7 meals from it.
Our favourites are vegetarian kedgeree, cauliflower pakora, leek and chestnut risotto, the warm salads, North African stew, black bean chilli

Caper - I've got it and dislike it. Lots of bland stuff, lots of (bloody evil) tinned tomatoes etc. I've been really disappointed with it tbh.

Accentuatethepositive Sun 02-Jun-13 22:42:50

The cream cheese doesn't taste at all cheesy if that makes a difference, I think it's just a lazy way to make the pie filling thick and creamy!

No halloumi is tricky... And as for feta, DD is only 5 months old so I don't yet have fussy eaters to contend with yet except DH who also hates mushrooms but i just pretend not to remember

I am lapsed veggie so did have many recipes up my sleeve will try and think of more!

CharlotteBronteSaurus Sun 02-Jun-13 22:48:46

courgette cakes are delicious. but faffy though - one for weekends.

baked eggs - swap the chorizo for aubergines, or cannelini beans.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Sun 02-Jun-13 22:49:23

oh bum, just noticed no feta. that is hard.

Accentuatethepositive Sun 02-Jun-13 22:54:27

Oh and I've had some good ideas from here:
-particularly like the savoy cabbage and chestnut sauté, though it's a bit wintry.

Remus, chirashi sushi (or 'scattered sushi') is just a bowl of seasoned rice with nice toppings. No fancy shaping or whatever, so you can do a quick and easy version.

DS2 loves haloumi.

I used gok wan's recipe for tofu and black beans. It's easy.

Accentuatethepositive Mon 03-Jun-13 08:35:33

I've also just remembered a v nice veggie tagine with apricots and green lentils ( no tinned toms but it does use tomato juice, is that ok?). If you think that might me of interest pm me your email and I'll send you pics of the recipe.

LovelyBigBertha Mon 03-Jun-13 08:39:38

Quiche - or does that count as creamy?

LovelyBigBertha Mon 03-Jun-13 08:40:51

Or cous cous - pinenuts, peppers, onions, pumpkin, chickpeas, anything in it really. Feta cheese and pommegranete seeds are also nice with it.

happyAvocado Mon 03-Jun-13 08:42:04

I wonder how tasty this recipe is:

sounds very easy

Ok. Thought of a few more japanese-y veggie dishes. My children love japanese-y food.

You could do tofu in teryaki sauce (not traditional but my children love teryaki sauce, although we often have teryaki chicken or beef). You can buy the sauce in a jar but it is very easy to make. Mix up 125ml soy sauce, 125ml mirin (you can buy this in sainsbury's, but it's much cheaper in oriental supermarkets or online) and 2 tablespoons of sugar. Bring to the boil and then let it simmer for a couple of minutes (you can actually achieve this in the microwave if you don't want to wash up a pot).

Tofu with sweet miso sauce: Mix up the sauce from 3 tablespoons red miso, 1.5 tablespoons sugar, 1 tablespoon mirin, 2 tablespoons stock (the Japanese use dashi, but you can substitute veg stock) and 1 tablespoon of sake (I never have sake in the house, so you can substitute sherry or Chinese rice wine or just more stock; it's fine). Grill thick slices of firm tofu for about 8 minutes, then smother in a sauce made from 3 tablespoons and cook until the sauce is warm.

You could also make a version of chicken and egg donburi (which my children love, love, love) using tofu cubes instead of chicken. Cook some Japanese rice (which my children like better than long grain rice because it sticks together). Make up the sauce in a pot. You need about 250ml of stock (you can use a half and half mix or sake and stock if you like, but I don't), 50ml of soy sauce, 3 tablespoons of mirin (substitute for sugar if you don't have any).

You poach the tofu (or chicken if you're using it) in this sauce. When it's pretty much done you pour in 4 beaten eggs stick a lid on it, turn the heat off and leave it to stand for 2 or 3 minutes. This will cook the eggs. You can throw in some spring onions before this, or after it too. To serve, put mounds of rice in deep sided bowls and ladel the sauce over this. It looks a bit odd but tastes fantastic.

Takikomi rice is also nice: wash 2 cups of Japanese rice (always wash Japanese rice before cooking, as it's very starchy) and put it in a heavy bottomed pot with some diced carrot and sliced mushrooms (or whatever veg you like really). Make up the cooking liquid from 3 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon mirin and (optional) 1 tablespoon sake, with enough water or stock to make up to two cups of liquid. Add the liquid to the pot and bring to the boil with the lid on. Once it's boiling turn the pot right down as low as you can for 15 mins. Then turn the heat right up for about 30 seconds before turning off and leaving for 10 minutes. Don't take the lid off at any point during the cooking process. Once it's done, mix everything and serve.

You can do a kind of vegetarian barbecue thingy too. The sauce is easy: 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 teaspoon mirin, 1 tablespoons sesame oil, I tablespoon chopped garlic. Pan fry or grill something with a meaty texture, like slices of aubergine or you could grill slices of tofu. Add the sauce when it's done and let it heat through.

happyAvocado Mon 03-Jun-13 09:36:40

ArbitraryUsername - I'd liek to ask yo ufew questions about Japanese cooking
How would you make veggie japanese soup?
As we are in UK - which brands of soya sauce and miso would you recommend?
I live v.near Wing Yip where they have massive aisle with Japanese ingredients so I guess you could suggest some other brands and they may be there or somewhere online.

Now, here you are imagining that I am actually knowledgeable about Japanese cooking! I kind of wing it (or ask the nice people in the Chinese supermarket for advice). I just buy whatever mirin comes in a big bottle and is reasonably priced in the Chinese supermarket. Same with soy sauce.

I buy whatever miso is available. You only really need to know whether you need red, white or mixed miso generally. Sometimes I'm buying it in sainsbury's so it really is a case of whatever they've got. In the Chinese supermarket I just choose something and hope for the best! Usually turns out absolutely fine, but the staff are really helpful and are willing to answer what must sound like totally idiotic questions from me. The only thing really to watch out for is that some miso has dashi already in it (it will be labelled as such by this might be only in Japanese and MN won't let me post the Japanese characters to show you want that would be). Additive free miso won't have any dashi in it. You can check the ingredients list too.

I usually make a veggie soup by substituting veg stock for dashi (or even chicken stock, as I'm not vegetarian but I used to be). You can make a lovely noodle soup using a miso soup base (again, substituting veg stock for dashi) or you can flavour up some veg stock with garlic, ginger, soy sauce etc. Or you can make a proper veggie dashi stock using kombu and dried shiitake mushrooms, or just kombu.

fl0b0t Mon 03-Jun-13 10:16:13

Hello there! I'm not a veggie but I do like making this (to which meat can be added if you wish!): Aubergine and mozarella stacks.

Slice aubergine, cover in oil and season, then fry or griddle until soft and a little crispy on the outside. Slice mozarella and make into little stacks 4 slices of aubergine high with mozarella inbetween (and a sprinkling of paprika and thyme). put in the oven about GM 4 for 15 mins whilst making something to go with. I tend to fry up onions, garlic, green beans and chopped fresh cherry tomatoes with a little stock, sometimes lentils, more paprika... or just add any vegetables that are in the fridge, and serve with couscous. Non veggies can add black pudding to the stacks or chorizo/bacon to the veggies! Yumyum.

fl0b0t Mon 03-Jun-13 10:17:20

Also, Butternut squash is amaaazing! I use it in risotto, soups, making chips with it, roasting it.. yummy yum. Great with other roasted mediterranean veg and home made harissa paste (garlic and chilli mostly!).

spex11 Mon 03-Jun-13 10:32:49

I also cook for a mixture of veggies and non-veggies. Yotam Ottolenghi's recipies are something special - his veggie food is never, ever boring!

fuzzpig Mon 03-Jun-13 10:55:30

Marking place to read later. Not a vegetarian but we are cutting right back on meat at home and could use some inspiration to avoid endless pasta! smile

fuzzpig Mon 03-Jun-13 10:58:28

But before I read, just wanted to say one of my absolute favourite things - baked sweet potato with feta cheese and spring onion.

Not that my DCs like it really. DD (nearly 6) is getting better at trying new veggies, but 3yo DS is going through a really limited, fussy phase, and I'm getting bored with infinite cucumber/carrot!

JewelFairies Mon 03-Jun-13 11:21:27

Pizza, pizza and pizza again. I make pizza using part flour, part semolina. Any toppings you can think of. My favourite is green pesto, tons of garlic, onion, cooked potato slices, rosemary, lots of mature cheese...

theundertoad Mon 03-Jun-13 11:25:14

My DS's absolute favourite is a sweet potato stew, I do use tinned tomes but you could easily use passata or just veg stock if you want to
I’m no good with amounts as I usually just make it up as I go along so you’d have to just do it to your taste…

Fry some onions, fresh ginger, garlic
Add some coriander powder and about half that amount of paprika.
Add cubed sweet potato, stir around for a bit till coated in the spices.
Add tomatoes/passata/veg stock and let it simmer for a while till almost cooked.
Add spinach and chickpeas (also nice with some mushrooms but you need to fry them a bit first to release some of their juices before adding to stew)
Remove a ladle full of the saucy bit into a bowl and mix into it a dollop of peanut butter (the whole earth stuff with no sugar is best) – return this to the stew.
Cook until sweet potatoes are cooked through properly

Lush served with either brown or white rice, or a nice lemony cous cous

On the subject of cook books – can’t recommend Hugh FW’s Veg cookbook highly enough – we use it a lot Madhur Jaffrey’s World vegetarian is also a winner… loads of good, easy and cheap recipes in here

MoogDroog Mon 03-Jun-13 11:43:15

Been reading for inspiration, nothing more to add right now (will think on) but Remus - you need to break your no more cookbooks rule for this beauty

It is amazing! Plenty is a good too!

Snowgirl1 Mon 03-Jun-13 11:45:47

Is homity pie too cheesy for your DD? The Hairy Bikers add spinach to their version. Tasty, but not very 'exciting' though, I'm afraid.

Is nut roast to much of a veggie cliche?

I do quiche quite a lot - leek, mushroom & cheese - but you could change the veg to suit what your DD's like.

Falafel in a pitta with salad?

jennifersofia Mon 03-Jun-13 12:05:05

We do a kind of do-your-own sushi. Sushi rice for everyone, then lots of bits to put inside in the centre of the table (sliced peppers, gr. onions, lightly cooked carrots, avocado, toasted sesame seeds, a tube of wasabi paste, a sesame oil/soy sauce dipping bowl) and some nori sheets. This = less stress for me and everyone can put in what they like. Similar principle with tacos.
What about spanish omelette?
With buckwheat, I tend to cook it and let it cool a bit. While cooling I fry onions, garlic and some rosemary or sage and add the buckwheat in and fry gently. Good with soy sauce.
This book is really good for Californian vegetarian food - good recipes and doesn't use meat replacements.

jennifersofia Mon 03-Jun-13 12:05:37
Nyunya Mon 03-Jun-13 12:34:26

Another vote for Hugh F-W's 'Veg Everyday' Book. Absolutely fantastic.

happyAvocado Mon 03-Jun-13 12:38:25

speaking of Indian cooking - I bought this cookbook last year and cooked from it quite few veg recipes, they are v.simple and non fussy

such as Heeng Jeere ke Aloo (Asofetida&cumin flavoured potatoes) and Moolaghotal (Moong daal with vegetables)

I also love Sambhar with Upuma - that is very quick and unusually tasty combination of food?

If you have Sri Lankan Tami shop I reccomend you go and buy (fresh are bet) string hoppers. You just soak them in boiling water and a pinch of salt and serve with Sambhar or any watery curry. I prefer white to red.
Fresh one's freeze v.well - you need to reheat them dry frying.

When you shop in Indian shops have look around their freezers - there are Parathas which you just need to reheat in a toaster and IMHO are v.tasty. I also buy chapatis and reheat fresh one's dry frying on a frying pan.

happyAvocado Mon 03-Jun-13 12:38:48
sergeantmajor Mon 03-Jun-13 12:59:47

CheckpointCharlie - I love the sound of your mum's lentil/peanut butter slice - can you go badger her for the recipe and post it...?

superfluouscurves Mon 03-Jun-13 13:19:16

Another vote for Hugh Fearnley Whittingperson's book [[ Veg Every Day]

I like it, because unlike a lot of vegetarian cooks, he goes easy on the dairy

superfluouscurves Mon 03-Jun-13 13:20:06


linking again Veg Every Day

newryan Mon 03-Jun-13 15:06:24

I am the same as the OP - veggie but DH and dcs are not. We eat mostly vegetarian and occasionally DH will cook meat for himself and the dcs and I'll cook something different for myself.

Off the top of my head:

Quiche - many varieties....lentil & veg, broccoli, cauliflower, asparagus. Also pasties which are similar to make.

Thai noodle soup - throw in any veggies, rice noodles, curry paste and coconut milk.

Pancakes - we often make them with chickpea flour adding red onions and spices to the batter. Or some chopped pumpkin/squash.

Fried rice with veggies and topped with a fried egg if you like.

Peppers/courgettes/aubergines/cabbage leaves stuffed with rice or cous cous, veggies, nuts, raisins, spices.

Simple stir fries with lots of Asian greens, garlic, ginger and chilli, with rice or noodles, sprinkled with chopped roasted peanuts or cashews.

Lentil moussaka or would that be too creamy?

Hope this gives you a few ideas!

janek Mon 03-Jun-13 15:26:33

You could get any recipe book you fancy out of the library. I generally only ever make one or two things out of each book i own, so it's often not worth buying them. And if one completely grabs you then you can buy it then.

breadandbutterfly Mon 03-Jun-13 16:09:52


Roasted/stwed veg, chickpeas and rice/pasta?

Lentil and halloumi salad.

Lentil shepherd's pie.

Had a rather nice bubble-and-spueak cake with poached egg on top and hollandaise sauce in a restaurant recently - really yummy.

Winter veg hotpot.

Any good?

spiderlight Mon 03-Jun-13 16:15:43

CharlotteBronteSaurus What could I use instead of egg (DH is allergic) to bind those courgette and potato cakes?

angusandelspethsthistlewhistle Mon 03-Jun-13 16:43:21

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Hugh veg book! It's great, DP and I live off of it.

Thanks for all of these - will have a proper look later.

I have and love, 'World Vegetarian' so any specific recs from that would be brilliant.

You can't convince me re HFW's Vege book though - I still hate it.

JulesJules Mon 03-Jun-13 18:21:29

This Ottolenghi Roast butternut squash recipe is gorgeous (from Jerusalem) NOT the lamb grin and also the rice with chickpeas from this article, also from Jerusalem
with an Ottolenghi-ish salad if you like

I also do potato and leek bake (layer with grated cheese, salt and pepper, dot with butter, bake), Jansen's temptation sort of thing (leave out the anchovies) Pan Haggerty.

Spanokopita - spinach and cheese pie using filo pastry. Have with baked new potatoes (in roasting tin, splash of water, splash of olive oil, cloves of garlic, sprig rosemary) or tabbouleh, plus salad

roast cherry tomatoes with courgettes, in pan gently cook chopped garlic & chillies in olive oil and butter, add juice and zest of a lemon, add roast veg. Have with pasta, parmesan and fresh basil.

Gougere - choux pastry ring, fill with whatever you like, I like fennel in cream

Puff pastry with whatever toppings you like, crumbled feta and v thin sliced red onion good, as are roasted peppers, artichokes from a jar.

cheesy millet burgers, need a strong cheddar and plenty of seasoning as millet is a bit bland.

Stirfries. Egg fried rice. Couscous.


Carrot soup with cumin and coriander

bettycocker Mon 03-Jun-13 18:23:00

I like to do the odd falafel evening with some pita, roasted vegetables and a nicec mint and yoghurt dressing.

Joskar Mon 03-Jun-13 18:44:12

Cranks fast food by Nadine Abensur is great. If you don't want to buy it maybe you could get it out the library. I usually get a cookbook a month from the library and try to make one new thing. My favourite things out of it are saffron braised carrots with broad bean pilaf; roasted sweet potatoes, butternut squash, baby potatoes and shallots with mango; peppers stuffed with cannellini beans, feta and black olives; chickpea casserole with spinach and red peppers; potato, spinach and fontina pie; cherry tomato and feta tart. I could go on!

Our go to easy tea is ready rolled puff pastry with the edges turned up and scattered with an assortment of roasted or griddled veg (aubergines, peppers, squash etc), pine nuts, olives and some cheese.

Sunnyshores Mon 03-Jun-13 19:39:59

No fancy suggestions I'm afraid . . . .quiche, filo pastry tartlets filled with anything really, we eat loads of salads with avocado, egg, 'chicken' strips, various rices ie egg fried frice, (non evil) vegetable rice, mushroom risotto, 'meatballs' and spagetti, carbonara, homemade burgers in rolls as a treat, pizza on pitta bread.

megsmouse Mon 03-Jun-13 19:42:39

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Some good ideas, and lots we do already. Thank you all. I've lost track of whohas said what now, it's got so big - so apologies for not making 'personal' comments now. smile

Have got the Cranks books; have got lots of books but still bored!

Never heard of Keftedes so will deffo look into that/them/whatever!

The dds love broccoli so sticking that in a soup is a v good idea. Does anybody have a t&t broccoli and stilton soup recipe? Although tbh I doubt dd1 would eat it with any cheese, let alone stilton!

Thanks for the Hairy Bikers Hommity pie recipe - will deffo try that.

Have never made savoury pancakes, so that is a brilliant idea and I'll certainly investigate some Indian style ones (oh how I love dosas but I think they a faff to make at home).

The Japanese-esque ideas are great too, and v different to our 'usuals.'

Sativa Mon 03-Jun-13 19:58:29

This thread is great - blatantly marking my place smile !

JiminyCricket Mon 03-Jun-13 20:22:36

I am short on recipes, but I feel your pain re: needing inspiration for meal planning. What I did was give the dd's one day per week each where they have to add something to the meal plan (and maybe cook it with me) and dh two days. Then I only have to plan 3 days (or two if we have a meal out or takeaway). I started the dd's off by using the 'meal mixer' on the change 4 life website to get ideas. To be honest they mostly choose their 'old favourites' but occasionally make some interesting choices. Also they are more willing to tolerate something they don't like that much if they know it was someone else's turn to choose. It has been no more expensive, and I keep the old ones in case i want to recycle a week's ideas. Your cooking sounds lovely. Another thing I have done is accepted that my tastes (including being vegetarian and liking vegetables) mean that it makes sense to not always have the same meal, so I might have a sweet potato with boursin, or a chickpea thing - end result = I am happier, everyone else is enjoing meals more.

MamaBear17 Mon 03-Jun-13 20:26:35

My favourite 'I cant be arsed' dinner is to griddle some veggies (usually peppers, onions, mushrooms, thinly sliced courgette etc), take a ready rolled puff pastry sheet, thinly spread tomato puree on then chuck on the veggies and some goats cheese. Cook in the oven until the pastry is golden. I usually serve it with new potatoes and a big salad. Or, cubed halloumi kebabs. Just put the halloumi onto skewers with whatever veggies you fancy and griddle. Serve with sweet potato wedges and sweet chilli sauce or oven chips if you are feeling lazy. Yum!

Oh you naughty people and your haloumi ideas - I love the stuff but dd1 would not eat it. sad I may have to give up and accept that they have meat and I don't, at least sometimes.

So - any easy meat things for 3 people, that would 'go' with new potatoes and salad, maybe? That way I could have new potatoes and salad with haloumi and they could have something else!

CharlotteBronteSaurus Mon 03-Jun-13 20:41:45

lamb chops/steaks?
if you can be arsed, marinade them in olive oil, lemon, chilli and black olives overnight (in fact I bet the halloumi would be nice in that marinade as well)
then fry or grill for a few minutes (3-4) each side.

Thank you. Will they stink the kitchen out and make me feel sick? smile

Oh, give them a plate of cured meats. My children will devour a pack of salami and Parma ham etc.

Or slices of chorizo fried with some onions, whole cherry tomatoes, perhaps a tin of butter beans, and a bit of wine added to make some sauce. Takes very little time.

Kebabs of any description (including the ready made one you get in the supermarket).

If you want more japanese-y inspiration you could do chicken yakitori. DS2 loves yakitori. It's just little chicken kebabs in a sauce made of 80ml soy sauce, 80ml sake (or just wine/sherry, or stock or water), 80ml mirin, 2 tablespoons sugar, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoons chopped garlic and 1 teaspoon sesame oil (simmer the sauce for 5 mins to make it into a sauce and then cover the chicken in it). You can make veggie versions of these using the same sauce and whatever you feel like on bamboo skewers really.

Or you could use the barbecue sauce recipe with any kind of meat.

CharlotteBronteSaurus Mon 03-Jun-13 20:48:14

open a window

Yes, open a window and stick the extractor fan on maximum!

Obviously cook the chicken for the yakitori. You can grill it. Or stick it in the oven if you hate using the grill.

beltsandsuspenders Mon 03-Jun-13 20:57:12

feta and aubergine bake
caramelised onion and gruyere tart
mushroom stroganoff
lentil shepherds pie
butternut squash and spinach lasagne
posh mushrooms on toast
vegetarian moussaka
chargrilled vegetables/halloumi cheese/cous cous

Hope this gives you some ideas

curlyLJ Mon 03-Jun-13 21:04:15

Haven't read the entire thread so sorry if anything like this has been suggested, but I saw you like Thai and thought of this pumpkin curry recipe. This was one of my face recipes in the local Thai restaurant before we moved. Sadly none of the Thai restaurants near where we live seem to make it - so I am giving it a try some time over the next few weeks... You can use butternut squash or any other squash you fancy, it doesn't have to be pumpkin by the way.

beltsandsuspenders Mon 03-Jun-13 21:04:49

aubergine parmigiana (or chicken parmigiana for meat eaters!)
egg/cheese mixture and mushrooms on toast
cream cheese and asparagus strudel (posh!)
cheese and vegetable pie
posh macaroni cheese - i.e. layered with something underneath
lots of different risottos
polenta with mushrooms
rosti with vegetables
mild vegetable thai curry

frenchfancy Mon 03-Jun-13 21:29:18

For new potatoes I just give the DCs sliced ham. No cooking, not much smell.

We eat a lot of pulses , bean enchilladas, chick pea curries, lentil soup. I have fussy kids and like family meals, but at least once a week they have "kid food" (eg fish fingers) so we can have some real food they don't like. On other days I try to stretch the boundries a bit, and it is working slowly.

Yes to pumpkin curry - looks fab. Thanks for the easy meaty ideas too.

Thanks to any late comers - a lot of mushrooms and cheese though, so no use for heathen dd1 who does not appreciate the powers of cheese or mushrooms at all.

Think I might have to give in and let them have a crappy 'kids' tea' sometimes, so that dp and I can have mushroom and cheese nights!

Genesgirl Mon 03-Jun-13 21:49:47

Hi, as a fellow veggie enjoying the thread. I loved filled portobello mushrooms with puy lentils mixed with onions and tomatoes and anything else you fancy (pesto), place in oven for around 20 minutes. I also put a topping on, grated cheese, walnuts - yum! Or red peppers filled with couscous, peas, pesto, grated carrot/other. Again baked in oven for 20 minutes x

What a great thread full of ideas! We are not veggie but trying to reduce meat and increase veggie meals but with a child who is gluten intolerant which can be a struggle.

We plan one night a week where we have 'kids tea' - fish fingers, M&S crisp bakes and 'adults tea' where DH and I take it in turns to choose and cook a meal we can't usually have. The kids eat early then watch TV/ go to bed while we eat so it has the added bonus of adult chat time too.

I also write the weeks meal on a wipe clean board on the wall, and when I remember I ask the kids to read it and suggest any changes. They also understand there are 'slow meals' like lasagne and 'quick meals' like eggs and they have to stick to a quick or slow meal idea because that's been based on my and DH work plans!
They seem to manage the complexity quite well

AlfalfaMum Mon 03-Jun-13 23:35:45

Jamie Oliver has a good spinach and feta pie recipe. His is with filo pastry, but I find that too faffy and have made it with puff pastry from Aldi and another time with homemade pastry, and it's lovely every which way. You can also just use whatever cheese is in the fridge, I usually go for a mixture of feta, ricotta and cheddar.
Serve with salad and baby roast potatoes.

There's a lovely quinoa and haloumi salad recipe on the BBC goodfood website.

boomting Tue 04-Jun-13 02:26:23

I've got a couple of veggie cookbooks that are aimed at students, but which are actually great for anyone who wants inexpensive, no-nonsense recipes and no pictures to make you feel inadequate about the presentation of your own creation. My favourites are the Vegetarian Student Cookbook by Hamlyn, and Beyond Baked Beans Green.

humblebumble Tue 04-Jun-13 02:51:49

I am not vegetarian but I have had periods of my life where i have eaten less meat .. anyway

Vegetable pancakes (scallion, corn, broccoli, etc)

Vegetarian muffins

Quinoa - I recently had the most amazing salad at a restaurant made from red quiona, black (or Italian) kale, ricotta salata, smoked almonds, with a poached egg on top. I tried to recreate it at home and it tasted pretty good, except I also added cucumber and tomato

StepAwayFromTheEcclesCakes Tue 04-Jun-13 08:57:44

my ds's love the quorn mince fried up with onion pepper and sweetcorn, I add a sachet of the fajita mix smokey barbeque flavour and passatta and put on the table with bowls of salad stuff ready prepared and a bowl of grated cheese, sour cream or creme fraiche and they make up their own flour tortillas with it all added. yum

My fave ever veggie recipe is aubergine tian but it's from one of the Cranks books so you may have tried it. It is amazing. We're not veggie but cook this loads anyway. Can't find recipe online but basically, slice, brush with oil & grill aubergines then sprinkle with lemon juice & salt. Fry chopped fresh (not tinned!) tomatoes with garlice, salt & pepper then layer this with the aubergines (almost like a lasagne, using the aubergine instead of pasta). Top with a mixture of creme fraiche, crushed raw garlic, lemon juice, salt & pepper, then grate some parmesan over and bake in the oven for half an hour or so. YUM.

bunchofposy Tue 04-Jun-13 09:52:03

I feel your pain ref inspiration for veggie family meals that kids will also eat. Recent hits for me (ie that DD has actually eaten) have been spinach and new potato bake on the riverford website, and their pasta, bean and broccoli soup. Onion tart from the pauper's cookbook.

Also, I know you don't like tinned but if you like real tomatoes in cooking, tomato and bread soup is good, two punnets of real tomatoes and stock, soak stale bread in balsamic and oil and bung in. It is lovely and also goes down well when served with other bits.

21mealspluscake Tue 04-Jun-13 10:03:26

We had green omelette the other night - chop a packet of baby spinach, a bunch of spring onions, a small bunch of dill and a small bunchof coriander. Beat 4 eggs and add them to the chopped greens with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large frying pan, pour in the egg mix and cook till the base is set then finish under the grill. Had it warm with a creamy potato salad, a pile of grated carrot and tomatoes and cucumber. Really quick to make, tasted great.

bimblebee Tue 04-Jun-13 10:14:22

Home made red kidney bean burgers (lots of recipes if you google it) served in pitta breads with salad and sweet chilli sauce. Delicious and cheap!

Mmm, home-made burgers sound a good idea bimble - we had a BBQ in the garden on Sunday afternoon which DH organised and it was lovely, but based on sausages and burgers from the shops (all veggie)

I'm thinking we could probably make things even tastier if we tried making our own nut or bean burgers ?

Anyway, it was lovely to enjoy our garden and made a lovely last afternoon of half-term, along with a game of boule.

Anyone else have any BBQ tips to share ?

You probably don't want to hear it, but the HFW veg book has a whole section on roasting, grilling and barbecuing...

sis Tue 04-Jun-13 12:00:41

here is a light summer dish - it is for chickpea fllour pancakes. I like them eaten with youghurt and coriander chutney or with yougurt and sweet chilli sauce: same item with another more entertaining presenter:

Another indian dish - a savoury indian 'cake' that freezes well and you can replace the veg in recipe with anyother veg that you have to hand. If you live near an Indian grocery store they usually sell the flour mix for handwo (sometimes called oondwo) to save faffing about with the soaking of all the lentils. beans etc).

Breadandwine Tue 04-Jun-13 12:03:12

Great thread, folks - my thanks to you all!

I'm a vegan breadmaking tutor, and most of my recipes reflect this - although I will include cheesy things on my courses.

I've been asked to run a 5 week vegetarian cookery course in the autumn (for the first time, so I'll be out of my comfort zone, somewhat!) and I shall enjoy reading through this thread and picking up all your ideas.

But I'd like to know from you guys - what would you consider to be essential on such a course? What would you expect to find if you came along.

I'd be very grateful for any suggestions - and thanks in advance.

In the meantime, I've got loads of vegetarian recipes - not all about bread, by any means - on my blog.

One of my favourites is curried lentil and savoy cabbage - although I'm a fan of anything with lentils. I made a Thai red curry with lentils the other day which was amazing!

Cheers, B&W

Not at all Arbitrary - I like HFW, seems to have a similar simple approach to Nigel Slater who I also like watching, as not too complicated smile

sis Tue 04-Jun-13 12:38:40

sorry, i forgot to add the link for handwo - here it is:

qme Tue 04-Jun-13 17:07:47

Liking 'Pock marked old woman's tofu' - will deffo try that! smile

aroomofherown Tue 04-Jun-13 18:57:37

Tonight we're having a salad with roasted pecan nuts and bacon with chicken breast, but you could swap the meat for halloumi cheese?

frenchfancy Wed 05-Jun-13 06:27:49

Hi B&W you might be best starting a new thread as your request might get lost in here.

bunchofposy Wed 05-Jun-13 12:12:38

Have just been looking through my GH veggie cookbook - omelette stuffed with veg and veggie pie with garlic/french bread crust look a bit different and easy.

Also, baked eggs, with anything (leftover mash, garlic mushrooms, roasted peppers).

Just made the spandolika feta and spinach filo thing inspired by this thread. So easy - can't wait to eat it!

We're having feta and spinach thing tonight too - the dds are having pizza! Inspired by this thread, I'm finding ways to split meals and not be quite so insistent on us all eating the same thing. Tomorrow (drum roll!) they are having chicken and I am having halloumi. smile

bessie26 Wed 05-Jun-13 21:39:52

Hi remus, my DH & DDs are carnivores too, but we all eat veggie at home. DD1 won't go near a mushroom or a creamy sauce either, but would quite happily live on cheese if I let her!

I've been writing down the recipes we've tried (mainly so that I can remember who liked what & what I should do differently next time) - perhaps something there will inspire you? DH & I like tofu stir-fry, the DDs like all beans & lentils and we all love soup - so we eat a lot of those.

Is it specifically tinned tomatoes you don't like? Could you sub a few fresh chopped ones? Do you eat fake-meat? I'm not a huge fan of quorn, but we have the escalope things every now & then for a quick easy meal.

Thanks, Bessie. The tofu dishes look particularly worth a try - will have a proper look later.

1951Vintage Fri 07-Jun-13 21:55:42

I know this may be a bit sensitive, but are you actually a little bored with being veggie? This may sound heretical, but many of our family and friends have stopped being veggie in the last few years and have not looked back. It is hard to relinquish a position that you have striven to maintain, but I do urge you to think about it. We only eat meat which is free range and high welfare. These animals have come into existence to feed us, but they have had a good life and a good death - something we would like for ourselves! If it were not for feeding humans, they would not have existed at all. Some people are actually are super-tasters and do not like the taste of meat, in which case, you probably won't like any strong tasting food. A small number of people are food phobic: anorexic and bulimic. They have resorted to vegitarianism as a means to restrict intake in a socially acceptable way. Your family are eating meat now. Is it time for you to give it a go? Just asking. Good luck, whatever you decide.

Gosh no - I never, ever want to eat meat again. The very idea makes me feel quite sick tbh.

overthehill Sat 08-Jun-13 23:56:48

I use Yotam Ottolenghi's Plenty a lot and it's great, and not too faffy - and you can always substitute an obscure ingredient with something similar. Also Sam Stern does some good books that my dc's particularly like, with the most obvious being his Eat Vegetarian, and I also use World Food Café 2, which has good Thai and other spicy recipes, and also East African sweet potato patties (P.42).

LoveSewingBee Sun 09-Jun-13 09:26:47

Do you like to barbecue?
Once the barbecue start to get going, eg no flames, I put baking potatoes wrapped in aluminium foil in to give them a headstart.

I like to make skewers with courgette, tomato, mushroom, red peppers, green peppers, yellow peppers, Aubergines and sun dried tomatoes etc. You can marinate the veg, especially Aubergines first with some olive oil, lemon and herbs like thyme or garlic.

Serve with yogurt/mayonaise/garlic and tomato ketchup and a chilli dip.

One of the other posters mentioned free range meat, but unfortunately even free range chicken and beef have now been found to contain high levels of antibiotics. The food chain has been so mucked about with in pursuit of faster and higher profits sad.

Fish is not necessarily healthier either due to chemical pollution.

LoveSewingBee Sun 09-Jun-13 10:03:20

High levels of antibiotic resistant bacteria usually found in animals who have been given antibiotics have been found both in organic and non-organic meat.

Mind you, fruit and veg are problematic too sad with high levels of pesticides in strawberries, apples and peaches for example.

bessie26 Sun 09-Jun-13 19:20:21

Oh yes, Ottolenghi's recipes are wonderful - you can find some of them on the guardian website

Breadandwine Sun 09-Jun-13 19:46:55

I think what you meant to say, vintage, was, 'This may be a bit insensitive - but I'm going to say it anyway!'

Bored? I don't think so! We have a roast dinner every Sunday - with my wife having chicken every week. I can think of about 8 different foods that I have with my roasties (with variations) - risotto stuffed tomatoes, stuffed mushrooms, haggis (both of those en croute sometimes), nut roast, seitan - and, very occasionally, fake gammon or turkey, etc.

I think all of us on here would urge you to think hard about becoming veggie - for the sake of your health and the environment. But until you do, I would respectfully ask you to post elsewhere.

Sam Stern - have got all of his but they are v basic and they drive me a bit mad, as I'm sure his mum wrote them. No teenager I have ever met uses language the way that book does. It's all a bit cringe-making. BUT they are good books for getting dc cooking, which is why we bought them.

World Food Cafe - I have both of these and like them a lot (although too many flipping aubergines for my liking!).

I can see I'm going to have to get Plenty though!

Thanks for the barbecue ideas too - I don't barbecue but those ideas would work in the oven/grill too.

Bread and wine - do you make or buy your haggis? We had one at Christmas from Sainsbo's and it was lovely but they've not stocked it since. The dds really liked it too. Waitrose do one but it's expensive for the size of it.

HuevosRancheros Tue 11-Jun-13 07:32:55

Another Plenty recommendation here, I love this, the best thing ever to do with sprouts!

HuevosRancheros Tue 11-Jun-13 07:40:57

Oh, and I love to make this quinoa and broadbean salad, usually add a few extra bits to it, whatever I feel like at the time! But quinoa is quite high protein, so feels like "more than a salad", if you know what I mean.

Yum. I love broad beans - no bugger else will eat them though!sad
They all LOVE sprouts though. smile

HuevosRancheros Tue 11-Jun-13 20:47:27

Oh, and there's this, which I got from StressedHEMum on here:

Slow cabbage with pasta

1 onion, chopped
some garlic
1 tblspn smoked paprika
1 head cabbage, finely shredded
1 carton sour cream
1 bag value pasta
oil and butter
salt and pepper

Fry onion and garlic in some oil and butter until soft. Add Paprika and stir about. Add cabbage and stir until coated with oil and beginning to wilt. Season. Reduce heat to very low and cover well. Cook for at least 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Boil pasta. While pasta is cooking Add sour cream to cabbage and mix well. Add a splash of pasta cooking water to make it a bit looser. Drain pasta and stir into cabbage. serve immediately.

Absolutely divine, so much better than it sounds smile

HuevosRancheros Tue 11-Jun-13 20:49:44

(Reason it specifies 'value pasta' is because it was from a 'feed your family for a fiver' thread, so costs were being kept down)

liveinazoo Fri 21-Jun-13 17:11:10

this has been great thread for ideas!
dd2 hates tinned tomatoes with a passion and ds cant stomach quorn/tvp etc
anyway,dd2 will eat nigellas sicilian pasta<i cant link to save mylife,sorry.its a kinda pesto using fresh tomatoes,sultanas,nuts<we leave out teh anchovies!>

more a wintery vibe but root veggies cooked then put dish with a little stock<use herbs/spices to flavour>add chickpeas and top with breadcrumbs and grated cheese or chopped nuts

i cant remember who posted the original idea on previos thread but enchiladas using sweet potatoes and any mix root veg,cook and lightly crushed with garlic,thyme and chickpeas.add to wraps,roll up and sprinkle with a little cheese<my dd would revolt if a tomato saue was added so this was a hit for us!>

tinned mix beans rinsed and toss in pesto,add sliced avocado.serve with couscous/rice/quinoa

lentil and ginger stew<again abit wintery>onions,carrots and cooked lentils with grated ginger and coconut milk.add spinach near the end and serve with rice and a sprinkle flaked almonds

roasted veg,cooked and cooled.roll pizza dough thinly into circles<i use a packet mix if in a hurry>top veg and a little cheesefold in half and bake<think pasty shape,taste like pizza>a spoonful pesto in there instead of cheese if kids arent keen cheese

dcs are growling for dinner.if i think of anything else will pop back tmoorrow.hope somehing there that helps!

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