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What's your favourite meat free dinner?

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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

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.

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 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

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