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Doubletroublemummy2 Thu 28-Mar-13 11:38:47

In a bid to be a little healthier and to save some pennies and possibly loose some pounds I want to embrace the meat free monday concept. But as a girl raised on the idea that ,a meal is not a meal if there is no meat, I am struggling to think of some tasty, easy but interesing, child friendly recipes. we are all a bit bored of omlete and quiche so none of these please, also the kids wont eat soup hmm any other recipes & suggestions gratefully recieved

BlueChampagne Thu 28-Mar-13 15:45:00

Veggie pasta or veggie curry?

TotemPole Thu 28-Mar-13 16:33:23

Twice baked jacket potatoes.
Bake the potatoes, scoop out the flesh, mix with other ingredients, then reload the skins and put back in the oven for 20 mins to heat through and brown the tops.

Try cheese and finely chopped onion - nice with beans.
Mozzarella and tomato or sun-dried tomato - have with salad.

Cheese isn't very slimming though, it's best to use a strong cheddar and use less.

Homemade pizza? You could make individual ones and let them pick their own toppings.

Why won't they have soup?

MrsExcited Thu 28-Mar-13 16:39:09

Lots of quiche options,

Asparagus and goats cheeses is a fave of mine, with new pots and salad that is if it ever warms uo

MrsExcited Thu 28-Mar-13 16:40:10

Sorry just read your post right through

Sorryblush

Shutupanddrive Thu 28-Mar-13 17:00:02

Have you tried the quorn mince? I use it to make spaghetti bolognese, cottage pie etc. Also the quorn chunks in stir fry/curry/sweet and sour

Doubletroublemummy2 Thu 28-Mar-13 19:58:23

totempole - they are fussy little buggers darlings, I am working on it but am looking for a couple of guaranteed winners. Home made pizza may be a good one.

Shutup - I haven't, and don't really want to, only because I want everyone to know, they are not eating meat rather than pretend they are ,iyswim,

When it comes to veg I usually have it as an accompaniment to meat and starch.

nutritioncoach Fri 29-Mar-13 18:19:24

Have you tried homemade veggie burgers you have all the accompaniments of a normal burger i.e. burger, bun, salad, potato wedges, ketchup. so they are usually happy to eat it all
Try Jamie Oliver's happy cow burgers. They're really good

Ingredients
Corn
4 corn on the cob , 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil, 1 lime, 1 pinch of cayenne pepper
Slaw
½ a small white and red cabbage (roughly 200g of each), ½ a red onion
4 heaped tbsp fat-free natural yoghurt ,1 heaped tsp wholegrain mustard
Burgers
1 big bunch of fresh coriander ,1 x 400g tin of mixed beans, 200g frozen broad beans,½ tsp cayenne pepper, ½ tsp ground cumin, ½ tsp ground coriander
1 lemon, 1 heaped tbsp plain flour, plus extra for dusting, olive oil
2 large ripe tomatoes
1 little gem lettuce
4 gherkins
75g feta cheese
4 burger baps
tomato ketchup, to serve

method

Ingredients out • Kettle boiled • Oven at 130°C/250°F/gas ½ • Large lidded pan, medium heat • Food processor (bowl blade & coarse grater) • Large frying pan, medium-high heat

START COOKING
Put the corn into the pan and cover with boiling water and the lid • Put the coriander stalks into the processor (reserving the leaves), then drain the mixed beans and add, along with the broad beans, a pinch of salt and pepper,the cayenne, cumin, ground coriander, grated lemon zest and flour • Whiz until fine and combined, scraping down the sides of the processor if needed

Tip the mixture on to a generously flour-dusted board, divide into 4 pieces, then roll each piece into a ball and flatten into a patty about 2.5cm thick, dusting your hands and the burgers with flour as you go • Pour 2 tablespoons of olive oil into the frying pan, followed by the burgers, pressing them down with a fish slice and flipping them when golden • Slice the tomatoes, lettuce and gherkins on a nice serving board and crumble the feta on one side • Put the baps into the oven

Swap to the grater in the processor, then grate the cabbages and peeled red onion, and tip into a bowl • Chop the coriander leaves and add, with the yoghurt, mustard and the juice of the zested lemon, then toss well and season to taste • Drain the corn, place on a platter, drizzle with the extra virgin olive oil and lime juice, and sprinkle with a pinch of salt and the cayenne • Get the buns out of the oven, cut them in half, dollop with ketchup, add the burgers and let everyone build their own

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