What's your favourite meat free dinner?

(67 Posts)
XBenedict Mon 09-Sep-13 12:57:41

DH and I would like to have a "meat free Monday" in an attempt to cut down on the amount of meat we eat but I only have a couple of veg recipes in my list of favourites. What are you favourites/recommendations? (Including websites/mags/books) smile

cloudskitchen Mon 09-Sep-13 13:00:39

Fritata with salad and skinny fries, quiche, dhal and rice, vegetable curry and rice, pasta and tomato sauce, jacket pots with beans and cheese, pasta carbonara with mushrooms and no pancetta. macaroni cheese with a salad grin

ClaimedByMe Mon 09-Sep-13 13:02:01

Mines is macaroni cheese or omelette both quick and comforting too

wallpaperaddict Mon 09-Sep-13 13:04:14

Cheese and caramelised onion quiche.
Veg lasagne is also really good.
Felafel in pitta with houmous and couscous.
Mixed bean chilli.
I find the bbc goodfood site to be full of inspiration for tasty veg dishes!

This. But I like lots of veggie food too.

JamNan Mon 09-Sep-13 13:48:25

spaghetti carbonara but I add wilted spinach or chard
aubergine Parmigiana
Patatas bravas
No idea what it's called but roll out puff pastry cover with sliced tomatoes and olives olive oil and pesto sauce. Bake in hot oven.
Chunky veg soup with dumplings

HouseAtreides Mon 09-Sep-13 13:51:58

Courgette and feta pie

Safmellow Mon 09-Sep-13 18:22:53

On Sundays I make a big slowcooker pot of lentil based soup or stew, it's different every time depending on what veg etc I have. Then have it on both Sunday and Monday night with either pasta or bread. Minimal effort and tastes better on the second day.

This week it was onion, pepper, garlic, broad bean, tomato, spinach, passata and red lentil. I whack in as much frozen pre chopped veg as I can, pour a little boiling water over then leave it while we have breakfast so it defrosts first.

mrspremise Mon 09-Sep-13 18:29:21

Aloo Gobi is my new best thing! grin

Iheartcrunchiebars Mon 09-Sep-13 18:30:58

Bean nachos with all the extras, chilli bean stew with garlic bread on top, thai veg curry, any type of rissoto but especially pesto, mushroom pasta, aubergine bake, pizza, jacket potatoes, I love vegetarian food despite being a meat eater.

Mine is sweet potato and chick pea curry. Soooo easy to make , works well in slow cooker and is pretty cheap to. I love it

Flicktheswitch Mon 09-Sep-13 18:35:35

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Veggie sausage casserole

Sweet potato, chickpea and spinach curry

Veggie chilli (either with lentils or Quorn - dp and the dds announced last night that they prefer the Quorn version)

Beany tacos

Cheese and onion quiche

A pie with onions, leeks and feta in (but the dds won't eat this)

Pasta arabiatta

Dhal and rice

hermioneweasley Mon 09-Sep-13 19:16:45

Tofu marinated in soya sauce, garlic, chilli and ginger (or whatever you have) fried and served on a salad, possibly with some toasted nuts. Yum.

DoItTooJulia Mon 09-Sep-13 19:17:06

Daal and chapati

veg pie, made with white sauce and topped with puff pastry

Spanish chickpeas

Veggie sausage and bean casserole

Huevos rancheros

Cous cous with roasted vegetables

Veggie curry

Leek and potato soup with crusty bread

Cauliflower cheese, jacket and salad

And one not for every day, Caribbean stew. Yum.

DoItTooJulia Mon 09-Sep-13 19:17:38

Oh and a spinach and ricotta tart with sautéed potatoes and salad.

Chewbecca Mon 09-Sep-13 19:18:25

Pesto pasta with fresh pesto, green beans and thin slices of new potatoes. Lots of Parmesan.

Sweet Potato Curry
Cauliflower Cheese
Large Flat Garlic Mushrooms with Salad
Garlicky Wine Mushroom Pasta
Goats Cheese Bruchetta with red onion jam
Good old baked potatoes
Stuffed Peppers
Homemade Pizza

amessagetoyouYoni Mon 09-Sep-13 19:21:59

Various curries. Dahl, lentil curry, cauliflower & potato curry, chana (lovely Caribbean/Indian chickpea curry) with rice or roti/chapati, salad, cucumber raita & mango chutney. Yum.

Thick slices of halloumi cheese roasted with peppers, red onion, courgette, butternut squash, vine tomatoes with crusty bread & a nice herby green salad.

Veggie chilli with rice

Peppers stuffed woth spicy rice & lentils (there is a good recipe on Sunday Brunch site on C4 website).

Moroccan chickpea tagine w/ cous cous

A really good omelette with homemade chips

Taffeta Mon 09-Sep-13 19:48:04

Dahl. Mine is made with rice so meal in a bowl
Soup and bread.
Mushrooms on toast
Jacket potato with tuna etc
Pasta - with spinach Parmesan and creme fraiche etc etc
Numerous tarts made with cheese and veg eg spinach and gruyere etc etc

Ooh talking of tofu -

Press block tofu between two plates with weights on top until it goes dense and lots of the water has come out.

Mix oil and soy sauce in a bowl and dip slices of the pressed tofu in it.

Put the slices on a non-stick baking sheet and sprinkle sesame seeds over.

Bake until crunchy.

Use in stir fries, or as a side or starter, eg in Chinese pancakes with a plum or hoisin sauce. Gorgeous.

GreatNorthRoad Mon 09-Sep-13 20:07:32

Anything out of River Cottage Veg Every Day!

I can honestly say it's changed our lives. Saved us loads of money, DH & I have both lost a bit of weight buy eating better, healthier food and even DH has to admit he's really enjoying it, having been a committed carnivore. We now only eat meat 2-3 times a week.

Last week's favourite was the Courgette Spouffle

PavlovtheCat Mon 09-Sep-13 20:09:45

Pasta and home made pasta and red pepper sauce, with a shed load of cheese through the pasta before adding the cheese. I eat this whenever I can grin

PavlovtheCat Mon 09-Sep-13 20:10:16

Tomato and red pepper sauce, not pasta and red pepper sauce, that would be too much pasta...

PavlovtheCat Mon 09-Sep-13 20:10:54

Oh yes, and potato and spinach curry ŵith waxy potatoes.

2kidsintow Mon 09-Sep-13 20:19:32

Pasta with aubergine pesto and some extra veg thrown in.


Roasted sweet potato (ok, not strictly a meal, but that's what I've had for tea and it was yummy.)

Merguez Mon 09-Sep-13 20:29:22


HappyJustToBe Mon 09-Sep-13 20:33:07

Anything out of River Cottage Veg Every Day!

I bought this for a vegetarian friend and her committed carnivore DP. It is used loads and they've bought it for others.

I love spinach and ricotta canneloni.

DontmindifIdo Mon 09-Sep-13 20:35:17

this stuffed peppers recipe, but I add chilli and sometimes grate cheese on top.

I love a good ratatouille. (Do'nt have a recipe to hand, sorry)

Also the "empty the veg drawer of the fridge" stirfry! (surely everyone does this at least once a fortnight, or is it just me who doesn't always meal plan properly?)

indignatio Mon 09-Sep-13 20:38:35

Nigel slater's mushroom lasagna

Pepper, onion and cheese quiche

Spookey80 Mon 09-Sep-13 20:39:54

We also have tons of recipes from HFW veg book.
Tonight I did a recipe from bbcgoodfood website- sweet potatoe fajitas- easy, tasty and healthy. I also made some potatoe wedges to have. Nice tea- kids liked too.

YoniBottsBumgina Mon 09-Sep-13 20:41:05

I like ratattouille topped with really creamy but quite solid (made with floury potatoes, butter and no milk or cream) mashed potato, baked in the oven like a shepherd's pie.

Also sweet potato chilli based on Jamie's recipe for chilli con carne - the link doesn't work but look for "Good old Chilli Con Carne" on his website under beef.

I substitute the beef with sweet potato and the balsamic with a couple of squares of good quality dark chocolate (70% or higher) and I chuck a small tin of sweetcorn in at the end too. Also his portions of spices are extremely mild, I usually add quite a bit more, but the flavour mix is excellent aside from that.

And then this is fantastic in summer - very fresh tasting and you can make it with the green leaves of the cauliflower if you wan to use them up, I actually prefer this to having it with spinach. www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/4287/tomato-cauliflower-and-spinach-curry

FairyPenguin Mon 09-Sep-13 20:43:21

Burgers made from baked ciabatta rolls with pan-fried slices of Halloumi and fried sliced mushrooms, with some spicy tomato chutney, green salad and chunky potato wedges. Delicious!

FreakoidOrganisoid Mon 09-Sep-13 20:44:46

I make a lovely red lentil and veg lasagne. You can use whatever veg you like but I normally use red pepper, courgette, spinach and mushrooms as well as onion, garlic and tomatoes. Add the lentils, herbs, salt and pepper or a stock cube. Bit of wine if you want.

Then instead of making a white sauce, mix together ricotta, cream and a beaten egg (you don't have to use the egg but it makes the sauce go further).

YoungBritishPissArtist Mon 09-Sep-13 20:47:25

Pasta and pesto with roasted butternut squash.

Have a look at agirlcalledjack.com for some cheap ideas.

I hate that HFW book.

blueshoes Mon 09-Sep-13 22:19:27

I just made this today: Melanzane alla Parmigiana.


ceeveebee Mon 09-Sep-13 22:27:30

Mushroom lasagne is delicious. I don't have a recipe as I just make it up as I go but generally it's a big pile of mushrooms finely chopped, fry in butter with garlic and parsley. Then make lots of white sauce with whatever cheese you have. Layer it all up and bake. I often stick goats cheese, mozzarella or feta in as well if I have it.

Also I made a minestrone soup tonight, not strictly vegetarian as used the boiling liquid from a gammon as stock, but otherwise vege. Just onion, garlic, tomatoes, parsley and stock simmered for an hour, then add diced potato, dicee carrot, diced courgette, small pasta shapes and some canned beans (cannolini) and cook until all tender. Serve with lots of Parmesan on top

YoungBritishPissArtist Tue 10-Sep-13 03:54:04

Why's that, Remus? I was thinking about buying it after reading this thread.

snowlie Tue 10-Sep-13 08:42:30

Broccoli orecchiette with garlic, chilli olive oil and Parmesan...this is Dh's favourite all time meal but it's carb/wheat heavy so we don't indulge very often. My favourite veggie pasta is penne arabiatta, made with a heavy dose of roasted red peppers and a blast of hot chilli.
I like South Indian currys like Thorans made with peas/cabbage/beetroot/carrots. Egg curries. Mutter paneer. Cauliflower curry.
Huevos rancheros or one of it's many variations like shakshuka for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

snowlie Tue 10-Sep-13 08:45:19

I don't like HFW veg book either, most of the recipes are things I've made before but the recipes I've used have been much better than his. He's particularly weak on curries. But if you are new to veggie food or don't cook much you'll probably find it a really approachable way to cooking veggie food.

expatinscotland Tue 10-Sep-13 08:57:04

Veggie chilli over jacket spuds and salad with avocado.

SunnyL Tue 10-Sep-13 09:06:24

Huevos rancheros by Ainsley Harriet is gorgeous. Goey egg dipping with crusty bread is essential and makes life worth living. Mmmmmmm

BigW Tue 10-Sep-13 09:13:27

We very rarely eat meat. Chicken once or twice a week and red meat probably only once a month or so. Here are some of our faves:

Sweet potato and chili soup
Veggie sausages and mash
Pasta bake
Veggie curry (sometimes use quorn chicken chunks)
Pasta with black olives, chili and tomato (add anchovies if you fancy cheating)

Drladybird Tue 10-Sep-13 09:52:01

Recipe Favs:
This Lentil Lasagne is an all time winner and appropriate as we enter the cooler months.
I love any type of bean stew and my current favourite is this butter bean, olive and cherry tomato version

Books: I'm also a fan of HFW Veg Everyday. There was a recent thread on this book- trying out the recipes and reporting back.

Delia's vegetarian collection is also nice.

I also like some veggie magazines like Vegetarian Living and the BBC Good Food tend to do a nice one at Xmas.

Also: the vegetarian society are a good source of links to blogs, recipes and other stuff.

OldBeanbagz Tue 10-Sep-13 14:07:07

We started at the beginning of last year with 'Meat Free Mondays' and ended up with my DD deciding to be a full-time vegetarian!

Our all time favourite veggie meal is probably chilli with wedges (and loads of sour cream in the case of my DS).

I cook things like vegetable lasagne, gardeners pie, thai stir fried vegetable, pasta bake, dhal & rice, mushroom stroganoff. I often use Rose Elliot's 30 Minute Vegetarian.

The other day we had butternut squash & coconut curry with rice which went down well with both DC. I also added some chickpeas as i though the meal could probably do with a little protein in it.

Trazzletoes Tue 10-Sep-13 14:10:54

I like Jamie Oliver's rogan josh in 30 min meals - basically cauliflower and squash curry. I like the HFW book too.

I think the recipes in the HFW book are mostly very bland (his dhal recipe is an aberration). They are also over reliant on tinned tomatoes (which I hate).

I don't need recipes for things like veggie chillis, and my version is better than his anyway! There is hardly anything I want to cook from it, and the things that I have cooked have been pretty bad - the chard and potato curry was so nasty that even dp (who eats anything) wouldn't eat it.

And I really don't need a recipe for cheese on toast or egg on toast.

curiousgeorgie Tue 10-Sep-13 17:26:22

Fajitas, with aubergine, mushroom & courgette. Amazing.

YoungBritishPissArtist Tue 10-Sep-13 17:51:03

Thanks for replying, Remus. I don't like tinned tomatoes either! I may borrow it from the library, the Rose Elliot one too, and scan any recipes I like grin

Am interested to know which recipes people have particularly liked from it. Tbh most of it is just too snacky and basic for my liking: I don't need recipes to shove something in a pitta bread.

Merguez Tue 10-Sep-13 20:55:54

My favourite HFW veggie recipes are:

beetroot tarte tatin; pistachio dukka; Pasta with greens, garlic and chilli (we have a variation on this almost every week, so quick and easy); chachouka; Mexican tomato and black bean soup. And variations on the magic bread dough, especially the flat breads.

ouryve Tue 10-Sep-13 21:02:01

Chilli non-carne - particularly nice made with butternut squash and black beans. DH polished some of that off for his breakfast, once!

There's a recipe for chickpea and cauliflower curry in HFW's veg book and it's quite lovely.

Roasted veg lasagne - but not like the gluey mush they serve as the only veggie option in pubs. I roast peppers, aubergine, red onion and courgette with rosemary, thyme, garlic and a bit of salt in olive oil and use that as the base. The roasted veg freeze well.

If you can find a good recipe, it's a little faffy, but home made spinach and ricotta canneloni is delicious.

Thanks Merguez. Not the wedges which are your namesake then? smile Actually they are nice, but not unlike the wedges I do generally anyway. The tarte tatin does look nice but the dds won't eat beetroot so it's no use at the mo.

ouryve Tue 10-Sep-13 21:07:52

Green lentil moussaka is another one I love. They take all the same flavourings as lamb (in this case, garlic, oregano and possibly a bit of mint) incredibly well.

Merguez Tue 10-Sep-13 21:20:14

Remus, haven't done the potato one, but do like the merguez chickpeas and squash, unfortunately the dc won't touch squash so don't make it very often.
Also have to thank HFW for introducing me to smoked paprika, which is awesome spice.

Smoked paprika is lovely. The little tins are the best but my silly Sainsbo's doesn't stock them.

You could probably replace the squash with sweet potatoes, if the dc will eat those.

Sweet potato and/or butternut squash, chick pea & spinach curry - so quick and simple to make too. (We sometimes have this with chicken if we are feeling flush grin )

Roasted veg fajitas (red & yellow pepper, red & white onion, corguettes, mushrooms etc)

I often chop and roast any veg I have, stir in a carton of passata and whack a big dollop on top of pasta with grated cheese

Or this Lentil bolognese

My DH is a huge meat eater but loves all of these

Wallison Tue 10-Sep-13 21:34:24

Curried scrambled eggs from Madhur Jaffrey's veggie cooking book. I could eat that every day. Love it.

ShoeWhore Tue 10-Sep-13 22:58:43

HFW's North African vegetable stew is fab.

Ottolenghi's Ultimate Couscous
Ottolenghi also does a tomato and fennel soup which we love.

Risotto - with green summer veg or mushrooms

Various curries

Variations on roasted veg + interesting herbs/spices + chickpeas + sometimes feta

Amazing Nigel Slater thing with roasted aubergines from Kitchen Diaries I think

ShoeWhore Tue 10-Sep-13 23:00:48

Nigella's veggie chilli is great (it's the one with cornbread topping although I've never actually made the topping)

capercaillie Tue 10-Sep-13 23:06:27

Love the HFW veg book. At least 4 of our meals a week are from that.

Love the vegeree, veg biryani (v cheap), cauliflower pakora, chickpea stew, oven roasted ratatouille, Beetroot pizza, kale pizza, green bean pesto pasta, fennel and rocket pasta, greens and chilli pasta. So many - we've done more than those ones and all have been good and we cook most regularly.

Trazzletoes Wed 11-Sep-13 06:14:32

Oooh is forgotten about Ottolenghi. He does an AWESOME fennel crumble. Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm. And I don't even like fennel!

beccaamuseyourbouche Sun 15-Sep-13 10:52:35

Feel free to check out my blog for lots of simple vegetarian recipes smile and congrats on deciding to do Meatless Mondays! It's an awesome step for so many reasons! www.amuse-your-bouche.com

MCos Sun 15-Sep-13 16:28:56

I love my modified version of this one

I add extra veg to the onion and fry for another 10 mins or so before adding the lentils. I also add a tin of lowfat coconut milk.
I make a double batch, and freeze half.

riverboat Sun 15-Sep-13 22:40:51

At the moment my favourite vegetarian recipe is a warm, hearty salad from an old Asda mag

Sweet Potato, Red Onion and Goats Cheese Salad

- Peel and dice one or two sweet potatoes
- Peel one or two red onions and cut into wedges
- Put both on baking tray, toss in oil and brown sugar, bake in oven at 190 for 15 minutes
- Take a pack of cherry tomatoes, halve them, and add them to the tray. Cook for another 15 minutes.
- Get bag of salad leaves (esp rocket) and divide between three or four plates. Dress with oil and balsamic vinegar. Take your sweet potato mix out of the oven, and divide between the plates directly on top of the salad.
- Cut up some goats cheese and sprinkle across the plates. It will melt into the sweet potato mix. Add salt and black pepper.

The original recipe also called for toasted pine nuts, but they're so pricey I just omit them. But could be good with maybe walnuts instead, and if you don't like goats cheese it could work with mozarella or another soft melty cheese perhaps?

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