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January 3, 2013 at 12:07 AM

After talking to my mom, we have decided to do at least one meal a week without meat. We are both fine with this and think its a good way to cut back some. However, I have no recipes... and I am leary of just picking one offline and going with it. So I wanted to know which ones yall have tried or use, just to give me somewhere to start.

Any suggestions? :) 


  • michiganmom116
    January 3, 2013 at 7:01 AM

    Serve this as a main dish:

    Lentil Confetti Salad:

    • 1 c. cooked lentils
    • 1 c. cooked white or brown rice
    • 1 tomato, diced
    • 1 carrot, sliced, diced or grated
    • 1 stalk celery, diced
    • 1 small onion, diced
    • Italian dressing to taste (I use my own recipe)

    Cool lentils & rice. Add rest of ingredients. Chill before serving.

  • michiganmom116
    January 3, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    use refried beans or mashed pinto beans or lentils in place of taco meat in tacos

  • michiganmom116
    January 3, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    bean burritos topped with enchilada sauce and cheese, baked until cheese is melted and burritos are heated through

  • pampire
    by pampire
    January 3, 2013 at 7:09 AM

    marinara sauce/alfredo/pesto with pasta

    3 bean chili

    mushroom paprikash

    veggie lasagna

    cheese manicotti


  • michiganmom116
    January 3, 2013 at 7:11 AM

    Black Bean Quesadilla's

    1 small onion chopped
    2 cloves garlic
    15oz can black beans drained
    5 oz corn
    2 chopped tomatoes
    1 chopped red pepper
    Add salsa if you wish to taste
    Simmer together well

    Place a tortilla on a plate. Sprinkle on some grated cheese
    Spread on some bean mixture
    Cover with second tortilla and slice.

  • michiganmom116
    January 3, 2013 at 7:12 AM

    Sub cooked lentils for ground beef in sloppy joes.

  • OliviasMommy611
    January 3, 2013 at 7:15 AM
    Can I use black beans?

    Quoting michiganmom116:

    Taco soup

    • 1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
    • 1 10 oz can Rotel tomatoes and diced chilies
    • 1 cup sweet corn kernels
    • 2 cans pinto beans
    • 1 pkt. taco seasoning
    • 1 pkt. ranch dressing mix

    Mix all together, bring to a boil, then serve. OR you can cook it in your crock pot for 4 hours on low.

  • michiganmom116
    January 3, 2013 at 7:15 AM

    Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onion, and Spinach Lasagna Photo by: Photo: John Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr

    Butternut Squash, Caramelized Onion, and Spinach Lasagna

    Cooking Light NOVEMBER 2011

    • Yield: Serves 8 (serving size: 1 piece)
    • Hands-on:1 Hour, 15 Minutes
    • Total:2 Hours


    • 6 cups (1/2-inch) cubed peeled butternut squash
    • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
    • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
    • 12 garlic cloves, unpeeled (about 1 head)
    • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
    • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
    • Cooking spray
    • 1 large onion, vertically sliced
    • 2 tablespoons water
    • 2 (9-ounce) packages fresh spinach
    • 5 cups 1% low-fat milk, divided
    • 1 bay leaf
    • 1 thyme sprig
    • 5 tablespoons all-purpose flour
    • 1 1/2 cups (6 ounces) shredded fontina cheese, divided
    • 3/8 teaspoon ground red pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon grated whole nutmeg
    • 9 no-boil lasagna noodles


    1. Preheat oven to 425°.

    2. Combine squash, 1 tablespoon oil, sage, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and black pepper in a large bowl; toss to coat. Arrange squash mixture on a baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Bake at 425° for 30 minutes or until squash is tender. Cool slightly; peel garlic. Place squash and garlic in a bowl; partially mash with a fork.

    3. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion, and sauté for 4 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low; continue cooking for 20 minutes or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Place onion in a bowl.

    4. Add 2 tablespoons water and spinach to Dutch oven; increase heat to high. Cover and cook 2 minutes or until spinach wilts. Drain in a colander; cool. Squeeze excess liquid from spinach. Add spinach to onions.

    5. Heat 4 1/2 cups milk, bay leaf, and thyme in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Bring to a boil; remove from heat. Let stand for 10 minutes. Discard bay leaf and thyme. Return pan to medium heat. Combine remaining 1/2 cup milk and flour in a small bowl. Add to pan, stirring with a whisk until blended. Bring to a boil; reduce heat, and simmer for 5 minutes or until thickened, stirring constantly. Remove from heat; stir in remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1 1/4 cups cheese, red pepper, and nutmeg.

    6. Spread 1/2 cup milk mixture in bottom of a 13 x 9-inch glass or ceramic baking dish coated with cooking spray. Arrange 3 noodles over milk mixture; top with half of squash mixture, half of spinach mixture, and 3/4 cup milk mixture. Repeat layers, ending with noodles. Spread remaining milk mixture over noodles. Bake at 425° for 30 minutes, and remove from oven. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup cheese.

    7. Preheat broiler.

    8. Broil 2 minutes or until cheese is melted and lightly browned. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

  • michiganmom116
    January 3, 2013 at 7:16 AM

    Make chili without the meat.

  • michiganmom116
    January 3, 2013 at 7:18 AM

    I'd sub a 15 oz. can of pinto beans for the meat in this one, or just eliminate the meat and it'll work fine:

    Taco Lasagna

    • 1 lb. ground beef or turkey
    • 1/2 c. chopped green pepper
    • 1/2 c. chopped onion
    • 2/3 c. water
    • 1 envelope taco seasoning (I use my recipe from the July 2009 post)
    • 1 15 oz. can black beans, drained & rinsed
    • 1 can Rotel diced tomatoes & chilies, undrained
    • 6 flour tortillas
    • 1 can refried beans
    • 8 to 12 oz. shredded Mexican cheese blend

    Cook the ground meat, peppers, and onions over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Add water and taco seasoning, bring to a boil. Reduce heat, simmer uncovered for 2 minutes. Stir in the black beans and Rotel tomatoes. Simmer uncovered for another 10 minutes. Place 2 tortillas in a greased 9 x 13 baking dish. Spread with 1/2 the refried beans and beef mixture. Sprinkle with 1/3 of the cheese. Repeat layers. Top with remaining tortillas and cheese. Cover and bake at 350° for 25 - 30 minutes or until heated through and cheese is melted.


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