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New teenage vegetarian(7 Posts)
My dd 12 nearly 13 wants to be vege and I don't really know where to start - she's very tall my ds has a severe nut allergy so we can't really have a lot of nuts at home so please could you share your family favourite vege recipes - what do you use as a protein source as j wasn't too keen to just swap in quorn but would like to use vege/ pulses as much as possible
Our favourites are
Red lentils wherever you would usually use mince - in lasagne, bolognaise, 'shepherd's' pie.
Roast veg -- sweet potato, potato, squash, courgette, mushrooms, small tomatoes -- baked in a hot oven with herbs, salt and veg oil, topped with mozzarrella or halloumi.
I hate cooked nuts anyway.
We have one teen veggie in a meat eating family. He often has cheese or tofu as the substitute. (Firm tofu dip din cornflour and water mix then rolled in sesame seed or spiced flour or breadcrumbs then fried is a good alternative too meat - though it's messy and daffy and adds an extra pan to the wash load afterwards.
He often has cubes of cooked paneer or halloumi cheese.
A lot of the time we make basic dishes and add meat separately. So tonight we are having a chickpea and smoky paprika risotto with chorizo on the side. Or we have a leek and mushroom risotto with chicken on the side.
Basic veggie dinners we all eat are the usual suspects:
Pasta pomodoro or pasta primavera
Veggie curry with dahl and rice
Fajitas with turtle bean and brown rice with salsa and guacamole
Spanish omelette with peppers, potatoes, onions, herbs and cheese
Roast dinners are good as he has all the veg and I just cook a quorn or mozzarella cutlet beside the meat.
I hope the rest of the family are prepared to eat veggie too, so you don't have to cook 2 meals all the time. If she is doing food tech at school, hopefully she can come up with some ideas. DS1 (also 12) has been veggie for a couple of years.
It's easy to make curries and pasta sauces vegetarian.
Quorn shepherd's pie/chilli con quorne
Falafels in pita (you can buy loads of different ones in the supermarket but equally you can batch cook your own and freeze)
Field mushrooms with blue cheese and breadcrumbs
Mixed bean chilli then leftovers with added cheese for quesadillas
Roasted veg fritata
Stir fry with rice noodles and omelette strips
Caramelised onion quiche
Red pepper, butternut squash and cauli curry
Shepherdess pie (sub meat for lentils and veg)
Root veg casserole
Toad in hole with quorn sausages
Thanks for the ideas
Meant to add DS is dairy free due to allergies and I'm gluten free so it's all a bit of a headache. Plus I want to lose weight and DS can't get enough food and Dd isn't overly keen on spicy foods
I have 13 yo veggie although no other allergies but doesn't like nuts.
Veg pie or sausage roast (pies from Aldi)
Quorn piece curry
Jackets various fillings
All can be adapted for meat too but I tend to feed us all the same mostly
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