Dinner Ideas

Ajohnson2334
meatless meals
April 11, 2012 at 6:34 PM
My dh is on a new health kick and this time he wants to not eat meat during weekdays. My dh does not like most veggies - has always been a 'meat and potato' kind of person, so for him to not want me to make what most of our meals consist of is a total challenge



Any meatless meal ideas? Even if there are veggies in them, I can usually take them out of his portion. I have some basics (cheese quesadillas, meatless spaghetti, red beans and rice, etc) but I am really stuck on things that I can make 5 nights out of the week with out repeating it over and over.

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  • MamaMandee
    April 11, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    We have a member cherylw993 that posts meatless Monday recipes. I did a group serach for you:

    http://www.cafemom.com/group/114484/forums/search_posts.php?keyword=meatless+monday

    Im sure some of the other members have some good ideas too :)

  • MamaMandee
    April 11, 2012 at 7:49 PM

    Easy Black Bean Pizza from the Betty Crocker site!

    Easy Black Bean Pizza

    You Need:


    1
    can (11 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated thin pizza crust
    2
    tablespoons olive oil
    2
    garlic cloves, finely chopped
    1
    teaspoon dried oregano leaves
    1
    can (15 oz) Progresso® black beans, drained, rinsed
    3
    to 4 dashes red pepper sauce
    1/4
    cup water
    Salt to taste
    2
    cups shredded pizza cheese blend (8 oz)
    2
    cups shredded romaine lettuce
    8
    cherry tomatoes, halved
    1/4
    cup ranch dressing

    To Make:

    • 1Heat oven to 400°F. Spray or grease 15x10-inch or larger dark or nonstick cookie sheet. Unroll dough onto cookie sheet. Starting at center, press dough into 15x10-inch rectangle. Bake 5 minutes.
    • 2Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and oregano; cook 30 seconds. Stir in black beans and pepper sauce. Add water; cook until reduced by half. Using potato masher or fork, mash beans into a paste. Taste for seasoning; add salt or additional pepper sauce to taste.
    • 3Spread bean mixture evenly over partially baked crust. Top evenly with cheese.
    • 4Bake 8 to 10 minutes longer or until crust is golden brown and cheese has melted.
    • 5Cut pizza into 4 rows by 3 rows to make 12 squares. Top each with lettuce, tomatoes and a drizzle of ranch dressing.

    Tips:

    Replace the black beans with red kidney or pinto beans.

    Add shredded or diced cooked chicken to the pizza after adding the cheese. Bake.

    Serves: 6

  • MamaMandee
    April 11, 2012 at 7:51 PM

    The Betty Crocker site always had a good vegetarian section, found here:

    http://www.bettycrocker.com/recipes/health-and-diet/vegetarian-recipes

  • KaylaMillar
    April 11, 2012 at 9:01 PM
    Veggie tacos, pizza, cheese manicotti, breakfast
  • rkoloms
    by rkoloms
    April 11, 2012 at 9:08 PM

    Rather than clog up this post, I will post a couple of recipes here. If you would like more of my family's favorites, send me a message offlist.


    Great! Here are some of my family's favorites:

    I serve this it over broccoli (and I make double the sauce).

    Pasta with Finger-Licking Peanut Sauce 
    1/2 cup low or no sodium vegetable broth
    1/4 cup chunky peanut butter (I use smooth)
    1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
    3 tablespoons brown sugar
    2 tablespoons rice vinegar
    2 teaspoons grated peeled fresh ginger
    2 teaspoons chile paste with garlic (add to taste, it is pretty spicey)
    4 garlic cloves, minced
    8 ounces uncooked whole wheat angel hair
    1 pound firm tofu, drained and cubed (optional)
    1 cup (2-inch) sliced green onions
    1 cup shredded carrot
    Combine first 8 ingredients in a small saucepan. Cook over medium heat 5 minutes or until smooth, stirring frequently (this can also be done in the microwave; use a tempered glass bowl, like pyrex, cook for 20 seconds, stir, repeat until smooth). Remove from heat. Cook pasta in boiling water 8 minutes, omitting salt and fat. Add tofu, onions, and carrot; drain. Place pasta mixture in a large bowl. Add peanut butter mixture; toss gently.


    Kadee's Pot Pie, great for lazy cooks like me! You can sub whatever and I'm sure it'll still be good. 
    Crust (double this if you also want crust on the bottom, I like it better that way):
    1 c. flour (I use whole wheat pastry flour)
    1 tsp. salt
    4 tbsp. butter
    1/4 c. shortening (I use earth balance sticks)
    3 tbsp. ice water
    Mix all but the water with a fork until shortening is the size of small peas. Add ice water and mix to pastry consistency. Refrigerate while you mix the filling.
    Filling: 
    1 can cream of mushroom soup
    1 can vegetable broth
    1 small potato, cut into 1/2" cubes
    1 carrot, sliced
    1 large mushroom, sliced
    1 small can corn (I use frozen)
    1 small can peas (I use frozen)
    about 1/4 tsp. each: sage, thyme, & oregano
    Mix all these things together (you can use more or less broth to make the sauce the consistency you want). Cover the bottom of two loaf pans with crust (if you doubled the crust). Pour in the filling, and top with the rest of the crust. Bake at 400 degrees for about an hour

    Canned Mushroom Soup Substitute

    2 Tbs (30 ml) butter
    1/2 cup (125 ml) sliced mushrooms
    3 Tbs (45 ml) all-purpose flour
    1 cup (250 ml) milk
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    A grating of fresh nutmeg

    Melt the butter in a small saucepan over moderate heat. Add
    the mushrooms and saute for 2 to 3 minutes, stirring frequently.
    Add the flour and stir until the mixture had formed a paste and
    the flour and the butter are thoroughly incorporated. Add the
    milk and stir with a whisk or spoon until the paste is completely
    dissolved. Bring the sauce to a boil, stirring frequently. Season
    with salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Makes about 1 1/2 cups

    LENTIL TACOS

    Ingredients
    1 cup dried brown lentils, rinsed
    8 ounce can tomato sauce (or home made)
    corn tortillas (for fun, use a mix of white, yellow and blue)
    1 packet dry taco seasoning mix (or make your own with the recipe below)
    handful of textured soy protein, optional (I leave this out)
    lettuce (shredded)
    cucumber (seeded, peeled, sliced)
    tomatoes (chopped)
    lemon or lime wedges (optional)
    Directions
    Cover the lentils with water in a large saucepan. They expand tremendously so use a large pot. Add tomato sauce, textured soy protein, and taco seasoning. Bring to high heat until boiling. Simmer at low heat until the mixture thickens. Add more water if necessary and stir often so that the bottom does not burn. This process will take about an hour. You want to cook it until it's about the consistency of cooked oatmeal. Taste the mixture and add more seasonings if necessary. Add more textured soy protein if you want more texture and continue to heat until the textured soy protein is fully hydrated. In the meantime, heat the corn tortillas in the oven, directly on the oven rack for about 5 minutes at 350 degrees. 
    Assemble the tacos as desired. Squeeze the lemon wedges over the tacos... yum!!
    This recipe makes a large quantity and is very flexible with the garnishes. Experiment by adding chopped avocado, cilantro, onion, etc. I prefer these without salsa since the taco filling has so much flavor on its own. Enjoy!!
    Taco Seasoning: 
    4.5 tsp. paprika; 
    1 tsp. cumin powder; 
    0.5 tsp. oregano; 
    1 tsp. chili powder; 
    1 tsp. onion powder; 
    0.25 tsp. lemon powder (optional, I've never used it); 
    1 tsp. salt; 
    1 tsp. sugar; 
    0.5 tsp. garlic powder; 
    1 tsp. flour; 
    0.5 tsp. cocoa powder
    Mix all together and store in airtight container. Makes approx. 4 tablespoonful - the equivalent of 1 package of seasoning (enough to season 1 pound of meat or a substitute). This mix is very mild, I add cayenne.


  • themissheather
    April 11, 2012 at 9:10 PM
    Google seitan recipes. It's a high protein meat substitute that is very versatile. I make seitan stroganoff sometimes and my husband loves it. There are many other things you can do with it, too.
  • VanBurren
    April 11, 2012 at 10:57 PM

     Veggie pizza, meatless chili, veggie soup, tomato soup, black bean quesadillas, lasagna, cheese tortellini in an alfredo sauce.....um......I think that's all I can think of right now off the top of my head.

  • OliviasMommy611
    April 11, 2012 at 10:59 PM
    Tim and I have all the stuff!

    Quoting MamaMandee:

    Easy Black Bean Pizza from the Betty Crocker site!

    Easy Black Bean Pizza

    You Need:


    1
    can (11 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated thin pizza crust
    2
    tablespoons olive oil
    2
    garlic cloves, finely chopped
    1
    teaspoon dried oregano leaves
    1
    can (15 oz) Progresso® black beans, drained, rinsed
    3
    to 4 dashes red pepper sauce
    1/4
    cup water
    Salt to taste
    2
    cups shredded pizza cheese blend (8 oz)
    2
    cups shredded romaine lettuce
    8
    cherry tomatoes, halved
    1/4
    cup ranch dressing

    To Make:

    • 1Heat oven to 400°F. Spray or grease 15x10-inch or larger dark or nonstick cookie sheet. Unroll dough onto cookie sheet. Starting at center, press dough into 15x10-inch rectangle. Bake 5 minutes.
    • 2Meanwhile, in 10-inch skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and oregano; cook 30 seconds. Stir in black beans and pepper sauce. Add water; cook until reduced by half. Using potato masher or fork, mash beans into a paste. Taste for seasoning; add salt or additional pepper sauce to taste.
    • 3Spread bean mixture evenly over partially baked crust. Top evenly with cheese.
    • 4Bake 8 to 10 minutes longer or until crust is golden brown and cheese has melted.
    • 5Cut pizza into 4 rows by 3 rows to make 12 squares. Top each with lettuce, tomatoes and a drizzle of ranch dressing.

    Tips:

    Replace the black beans with red kidney or pinto beans.

    Add shredded or diced cooked chicken to the pizza after adding the cheese. Bake.

    Serves: 6

  • OliviasMommy611
    April 11, 2012 at 11:00 PM
    Or yum damn
  • MamaMandee
    April 11, 2012 at 11:06 PM
    I have not tried it yet but its high on my list to. If you do, you must let me know!

    Quoting OliviasMommy611:

    Or yum damn

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