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Inspire me with quick, easy meat-free meals

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TheFutureSupremeRulersMum Sat 24-Jan-15 18:24:25

We try to have at least two meat-free meals a week and I'd like to expand our list. We currently do things like veg fajitas, butternut squash risotto, veg shepherd's pie and veg curries. Just looking for inspiration for anything new we can try making.


chariotsofire Sat 24-Jan-15 18:33:20

We eat a lot is salads made more substantial with feta, seeds, egg, green beans etc.

Likewise soup for a filling low calorie meal.

Also stir fries, omelettes, felafel 'burgers', loads of pasta sauces, jacket spuds, quiche/ pies (cheese of some sort + veg of some sort), veg chilli made with bulgar wheat eaten with garlic bread.

TheFutureSupremeRulersMum Sat 24-Jan-15 18:37:44

Thanks chariots. We'll eat more salads when it gets warmer weather. I should have said these meals have to be egg and dairy free which makes the whole thing harder.

WanttoFindWorkLifeBalance Sat 24-Jan-15 18:44:24

On Jamie and Jimmy show last night they made some interesting looking veggie burgers out of frozen corn, peas and beans. Keen to try these and my kids are burger mad so thinking could be a good way to try a healthy meat free dinner.

WanttoFindWorkLifeBalance Sat 24-Jan-15 18:47:31

ClartyYakker Sat 24-Jan-15 18:53:39

I always get a lot of good ideas from the bbc good food website

The vegan meals section will be egg and dairy free

MumsyFoxy Sat 24-Jan-15 18:54:55

Buy 1 pack of potato gnocchi. Shallow fry them 3 mins on each side; grate some parmesan on top if you like, or eat plain. They go well with anything!
Courgettes stuffed with cous cous
Rice and lentil (my italian mum's recipe: fry some garlic, chopped onion and chopped celery. Add green lentils, some stock, a spoonful of tomato passata, white pepper and salt. Let cook slowly. Add a little parmesan or pecorino cheese at the end).

Pancakeflipper Sat 24-Jan-15 18:58:54

I make and freeze lots of ratatouille. It goes with pasta, jacket pots etc as a side dish etc. And you can mess about with the recipe abit depending on what's in your veg rack and fridge.

MumsyFoxy Sat 24-Jan-15 19:00:35

Forgot to say you put the rice in with the lentils!

tinytops Sat 24-Jan-15 19:08:19

Simmer white beans in stock with crushed garlic for 10 mins, then mash and add lemon and coriander. Serve with roast veg/ vegetarian sausages or halloumi (for the dairy eaters)

TheFutureSupremeRulersMum Sat 24-Jan-15 19:20:08

Lots of great ideas thanks. wantto the veggie burgers sound good but I'm never sure what to serve them with. Mumsy I'm definitely going to try stuffed courgettes, I love courgettes. Tinytops your white beans sound great, going to try that too.

Bolshybookworm Sat 24-Jan-15 19:24:40

I make quite a lot of oriental tofu dishes (if it's cauldron, then it needs to be fried first to make it palatable!). They involve quite a few ingredients, but once you have them you can make a lot of dishes with them.
Eg Kung pow tofu- tofu (already fried) stir fried with peppers, carrots and mushrooms (preferably dried cloud ear ones), spring onions and ginger with a sauce made of chilli paste, white miso (can get this in sainsbos), soy sauce and mirin. It's quick to make and amazing. Also, teriyaki tofu, agedashi tofu (fried tofu in a light broth, A LOT nicer than it sounds. I have a book called the Asian vegan cookbook where I get most of my recipes.

This pad thai recipe is awesome and very quick. I use cauldron marinated tofu to make it super speedy

Micah Sat 24-Jan-15 19:25:50

Veggie lasagne...

Courgettes, aubergine, peppers, onions, mushrooms. Chop and fry lightly to soften. Add tin chopped tomatoes, garlic, tsp oregano, tsp paprika.

Layer mixture between sheets of lasagne, top with grated cheese.

Bung in oven until cheese is melty and golden.

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