Meat free meal suggestions please...(20 Posts)
I'm trying to improve on my meal planning by doing a monthly delivered shop of staples ie toilet roll, washing powder, wine etc so I thought I'd make a list of all the meals we normally have on a regular basis so I can plan to have the basics (chopped toms, curry sauce etc) in and just buy the fresh stuff on a weekly basis.
When I wrote out my list though it really meat based (even though cheap stuff like chicken, mince, sausages) and I would love to add some decent veg/fish/pasta dishes to the mix. I got as far as baked potato with tuna, chesse and potato pie and pasta with asparagus and prawns - stuff in my normal repertoire - and realised I'd run out of inspiration. (Not normally a prob over summer when salad with something will suffice)
Any exciting suggestions? DH will not touch anything with courgettes or aubergines in (unless v. well disguised.)
We all like egg and potato curry served with rice and a dollop of Greek yogurt, potato omlette, fritata, which seems to be left-over pasta and sauce set in a pan with egg, green beans in cheese sauce, green beans or broad beans in tomato sauce with rice or pasta and cheese on top, home-made pizza with tomato and mozarella and herbs, vegetable quiche with asparagus (v extravagant) or broccoli, onion tart with cheese ...
Lentil Dahl with rice and naan bread
spanish omelette with salad
moroccan vegetable tagine with couscous
roasted veg with stuffing
Chinese vegetable stir fry
Potato Douphinous with baked beans
home made pizzas
smoked fish with leeks in pastas, soups and risottos.
Pumpkin soup (looks more like a stew)
Butternut Squash (I know I said Pumpkin)
or Pumpkin cut into cubes
Green pepper in cubes
1 whole onion
1 whole garlic bulb
1 potato in cubes
1/2 small cup of sunflower oil
salt and pepper
tin of chickpeas
1 stock cube
1 beef Tomato
Paprika 2 bay leaves
Flat parsley a handful tied with string
Roast the garlic whole. (We put it on a skewer in the middle and just turn it by hand)
Pot of water throw in all the ingredients and boil for add the sunflower oil. Turn down to simmer until all veg soft about 1 hour. Yummy! really
Ye old South London recipe from mad granny (ops my lovely Mum)
Veggie version of shepherd's pie with puy lentils instead of the meat
home made Minestrone soup containing beans, macaroni, potatos, cabbage and whatever vegetables you have to spare (I made some and added some veggie suet dumplings on Saturday when we had a cold day - lovely )
Risotto with mushrooms, peas and cream cheese
Cheese and lentil loaf
Flans - various - cheese and leek, lentil etc.
Veggie sausage casserole
Quinoa with roasted vegetables
Spagetti with lentil bolognese
Some great suggestions - thank you. Sorry I had to go to bed last night....
Our usuals include:
root vegetable casserole with garlic bread
pasta with roasted vege and red pesto
baked potatoes with veggie sausage casserole
lentil hotpot thing, with a layer of sliced potatoes
various soups, followed by pudding!
dauphinoisse with veggie sausages, or with lentils cooked in red wine
fajitas with vege and quorn
chilli with rice and soured cream
veggie tagine with chickpeas and cous cous
thai vege curry and rice
chickpea curry and rice, or breads
veggie toad in the hole with vege
falafel, pittas, salad etc (wedges if I can be bothered)
Greek bean dish, with Greek salad, pittas, tsatziki
Good grief Starbear! One whole garlic bulb, bet that will keep the trick or treaters away!
ratatouille omelettes - cook omelette, add ratatouille, grate cheddar on top, be liberal with pepper, serve with a nice salad. Yum!
veg chilli - whatever veg you fancy, tin of chilli beans, tin of tomatoes. i can often get 8-9 different veg in and it tastes yummy
stir fry - stir fry any veg, plus meat or prawns if you want it. then add 1tbsp soy, 1tbsp oyster sauce and 1/2tsp sugar per person. Coook a little longer then add a mix of 1tsp cornflour in 2tbsp water to make it look glossy and thicken the sauce slightly
ah, just notice no courgette or aubergine so ratatouille doesn't work so well. oh well - any tomatoey/mushroomy/peppery type sauce would probably work equally well in omelette.
YOu have a wise husband - they are the fodder of Satan's minions
try woolton pie
Yes one whole Garlic bulb. When roasted the garlic turns very sweet. My family and I eat a very very mediterranean diet. Don't knock it until you've tried it, its very yummy comfort food
I made a new recipe last night that was yummy - from the M&S Count on Us cookbook.
REcipe is for 4, but made loads - enough for 2 extra portions.
Vegetable and potato topped pie
1Kg (peeled weight) potatoes, cut into chunks
4 tablespoons semi-skimmed milk
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 small onions, finely chopped
80g dried brown or green lentils
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
100g mushrooms, finely chopped
2 medium carrots, finely chopped
200ml vegetable stock
4 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
2 x 400g cans of chopped tomatoes
2 teaspoons dried mixed herbs
freshly ground pepper
50g half fat cheddar, grated (this is because it's a calorie counted meal, obviously you could use ordinary cheddar!)
preheat oven to 190/375/GM 5
Boil the potatoes until tender, then drain and mash with the milk
Heat the oil and saute the onions over a medium heat for a few minutes, till softened
Add the lentils, garlic and celery and stir, then add the mushrooms, carrot, stock, Worcestershire sauce, herbs and tomatoes and stir till combined
Bring to a simmer then cover and cook gently for 25 minutes or until the lentils are soft (I actually had to cook this for 40 minutes, so don't rely on the 25 minutes suggested!)
When the lentils are cooked, season the mixture to taste with black pepper (and salt if it needs it)
Spoon into a baking dish, top with the mashed potato and sprinkle on the cheese
Bake for 15 minutes until the potatoes are golden
Using the ingredients listed, this makes 370 calories per portion - and it's a huge portion!
Ooh thank you for all of this. I will print off and spend some time on my new menu list over the weekend. Hoping to sneak in the more veggie dishes without DH noticing....
I make a mushroom pasta bake which is very yummy.
Mushrooms including some soaked porcini mushrooms sauted with a clove of garlic and a pinch of dried thyme. Add a splash of noilly prat or dry sherry and the porcini soaking liquid. Then add a little hot water and leave to simmer until syrupy. Take off the heat and add a handful of grated parmesan.
Cook pasta and make a white sauce.
Add some chopped parsley to the mushroom mix and add the white sauce to it.
Add the pasta to the mushroom/ white sauce mix and stir well, scatter over another handful of parmesan and bake at 200c for about 30 minutes.
Starbear - please could you confirm the cooking time for your pumpkin soup . . . boil for ??? add the sunflower oil. Turn down to simmer until all veg soft about 1 hour.
Sounds yummy - thanks!
Quorn fillet, with red pesto & creme fraiche, over tagliatelle.
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