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Vegetarian (non processed) alternatives to the easy lump of meat/fish type meal

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Fluandseptember Sat 12-Oct-19 18:23:04

Kids have gone veggie. I didn't realise that going totally veggie was going to make such a difference (we bought v little meat and no fish already).

The biggest difference is TEXTURE, and I'm struggling with this. It feels as if pretty much every dish is slop - all tasty, but just the same same same.

So I'm looking for ideas of food that's a big more chewy, or crunchy, or just, I don't know, piece-y.

I don't want veggie meat etc, or anything any more processed than plain tofu.

What do you suggest?

BrieAndChilli Sat 12-Oct-19 18:30:48

Grilled halloumi
DD likes slices of aubergine topped with tomato sauce and mozzarella and baked.
Large mushrooms

BrieAndChilli Sat 12-Oct-19 18:31:08

Chickpea burgers (can make yourself)

muddledmidget Sat 12-Oct-19 18:32:14

Toasted cashews or peanuts added to stir fries or curries add crunch, and grilled vegetables tend to be chewier

MIdgebabe Sat 12-Oct-19 18:32:41

I make bean burgers with mixed beans, onion, sweet corn, mint sauce and halomi topping

Quiche or, egg and chips are not sloppy

MIdgebabe Sat 12-Oct-19 18:33:39

And yes, walnuts on a mushroom stroganoff add a lovely crunch

PullingMySocksUp Sat 12-Oct-19 18:35:20

Tacos made with quorn mince or beans would have the crunch from the shell.

We also make bean burgers.

Mushroom sausages (bought) made into toad in the hole.

HappyPunky Sat 12-Oct-19 18:37:26

Falafel, halloumi, nut roast, veggie pie

Sexnotgender Sat 12-Oct-19 18:38:44

Halloumi fajitas with fresh avocado and pico de gallo.

Bean burgers

Coronation chickpea salad

Roasted vegetable quinoa.

Gasp0deTheW0nderD0g Sat 12-Oct-19 18:39:11

Aubergines and mushrooms both have a naturally chewy texture, and that might help. I had something recently that might have been tempeh (bought for me by someone else and vaguely described as vegetarian chicken hmm), which I doubt is processed any more than tofu, and that was chewy. How do you feel about Quorn? I like it, and one of the reasons is texture.

Nuts and seeds are nicely crunchy.

Ricekrispie22 Sat 12-Oct-19 18:41:13

Nut loaf/nut cutlets
Lentil loaf
Cheese pudding www.deliciousmagazine.co.uk/recipes/savoury-cheese-pudding/ or recipes.sainsburys.co.uk/recipes/leftovers/cheese-and-tomato-bread-and-butter-pudding
Frittata
Falafel
Bean burgers

MoMandaS Sat 12-Oct-19 18:41:32

What about puff pastry tart? Either individual ones or big one cut up. Can have all sorts of toppings and serve with salad or steamed green veg, or roast veg or whatever, depending on what's on the tart? (I'm using the word 'tart' loosely here!)

SupportHuman Sat 12-Oct-19 18:43:48

Pie! We do a gravy type pie with veggie mince/beans in an onion gravy, and a creamy one with brocolli/leeks/smoked tofu in a white sauce. Both topped with puff pastry.

Whole flat mushrooms baked with garlic and thyme and then topped with mozzarella.

Bean burgers (Jack Monroe's kidney bean ones are delish and very easy).

Quiche or frittata if you do eggs.

Toad in the hole.

LordEmsworth Sat 12-Oct-19 18:43:50

Plain tofu and process it yourself? So drain and press, marinade and grill. I particularly like tikka... actually tikka paneer also. Grilled mushrooms are quite meaty. Make your own beanburgers / veg cutlets. Roasted whole cauliflower, or cauliflower steaks. Braised fennel / celery. Halved baked squash.

NannyR Sat 12-Oct-19 18:44:06

Seitan is a meaty textured food that is made from wheat gluten. You can buy it ready made but it's pretty easy to make yourself (if you can get hold of vital wheat gluten, my local co-op sells it). I make a big batch and freeze it in "steaks" and chunks. There are lots of recipes available on line.

CileyMayRhinovirus Sat 12-Oct-19 18:44:32

Cheese coated in bread crumbs
Cauliflower "steak"
Nut roast
Quiche or frittata

Thecurtainsofdestiny Sat 12-Oct-19 18:47:32

Big slices of aubergine or marrow fried in garlic and peanut butter (with fresh chilli for adults). Like steak but veggie.

CurryAndCobra Sat 12-Oct-19 18:49:02

Paneer, Haloumi, Tofu, Cauliflower, Beans mashed and made into burgers/patties, Chana Dal soaked ground and steamed to replace chicken/meat.

cricketmum84 Sat 12-Oct-19 18:49:39

Roasted squash. Just halve a butternut squash, spray with oil and a dry spice rub and roast in the oven. Anything that's left chop up and add to veggie stock and blitz to a soup.

Mushroom sausages, especially good in a casserole with butter beans.

Big portobello mushrooms

Spicy bean burgers - home made with whatever beans you have in.

cricketmum84 Sat 12-Oct-19 18:51:01

Sorry also filo pastry tart with feta, sweet potato and beetroot smile gorgeous with new potatoes and asparagus!

Also broccoli quiche. Iceland do a vegan chorizo that goes lovely in quiche.

TemporaryPermanent Sat 12-Oct-19 18:51:35

One of the nicest barbecue or grilled dishes I know is portobello mushrooms with finely chopped onion, garlic and vinaigrette on them. This sort of thing

I'm also a huge fan of curried eggs a la 70s, eggs mornay etc. Hard boiled eggs in any form, basically.

FancyAPint Sat 12-Oct-19 18:58:46

Feta, beetroot and onion pie (or tart) with puff pastry yum!

sammi0805 Sat 12-Oct-19 19:03:42

Jamie Oliver has just done a meat free series on channel 4, there are some lovely recipes on there.

BristolCat Sat 12-Oct-19 19:08:00

Massive portobello mushrooms treated in the same way as burgers. Or stuffed with various concoctions and baked.

Borgen Sat 12-Oct-19 19:15:34

I'm mostly replying to place mark as for some reason "watch this thread" has disappeared from my app but:

Bean chilli in burrito or taco form (and fried plantain/banana on the side)

Onion tart (rough recipe: caramelise and soften a variety of onions, and then mix with egg, in a pasty base)

I know this is an obvious one but pizza!

Quick freezer meals - veggie fingers (peas/carrots/corn covered in mash and then breadcrumbed)

Katsu-style curry where you roast the vegetables first (sometimes with a light batter too) and then make curry. Changes the texture.

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