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dancingingrace 02-09-2013 04:14 PM

Meatless meal ideas??
Can you please share some meatless meal ideas with me?? I'm trying to cut back on our grocery bill, and I don't have lots of ideas! I mostly need dinner ideas, but feel free to share whatever you have! TIA!!! :goodvibes:

ProudCoastieWife 02-09-2013 04:17 PM

Re: Meatless meal ideas??
My husband loves my lentil soup...very heart and yummy!

jbug_4 02-09-2013 05:47 PM

Re: Meatless meal ideas??
Almost anything you'd make with meat but with out the meat. Avocado fajitas, bean and/or avocado enchiladas, sweet and sour veggies (carrots, onions, pineapple, green beans, red pepper, orange pepper, whatever) over rice, veggie pot pie (just regular pot pie recipe minus the chicken or turkey), veggie and dumplings, spaghetti (I have never put meat in spaghetti or lasagna), veggie chili, veggie fried rice, rice pilaf with lots of veggies, veggie stir fry over rice, beans and rice- just cook a bag of dry beans super cheap , grilled port mushroom sandwiches with sweet potato and carrot fries (just cut like fries, toss in olive oil and bake), soups- we like soup, I make a lot of soups for lunches during the week so we don't usually eat them at dinner, but we use to before we started using them so much for lunch. We like this one a lot just minus the chicken. I always hated cabbage growing up, but I have discovered lately that i do like it as long as its not just straight boiled cabbage.

Everything in the fridge veggie soup- veggie or chicken broth and every veggie you have in the fridge or freezer you want to out into it. Frozen okra, cabbage, carrots, green beans, peas, thinly sliced spinach, tomatoes, white potatoes, sweet potatoes, zucchini, white beans, kidney beans, celery, mushrooms. You can put just about anything you want in to it. you can throw in pasta, barley or rice.

Black bean soup- thin style, I don't like think. 2 cans or a whole bag dry beans cooked. chicken broth, 1 can green chilies, 1 or 2 cans of tomatoes. Saute onion and garlic in small amount of all then add rest of ingredients and let simmer a few mins. I use frozen cauli because its cheaper and always available. We love this, but the numbers are off. Instead of the tbsp of bouillion granules you want 4 teaspoon each of beef and chicken. Or you could probably use broth. We leave the veggies in instead of discarding and skip the fried onions.

If you don't already know you can cook dry beans in the crock pot.

megenic 02-09-2013 05:50 PM

My absolute favorite is "mock" tuna salad. It's made with chickpeas. You can google it - I would link but I'm on my phone. It is soooo good. I make it on big crusty rolls and make sweet potato fries and green salAd with it.

teacherpippi 02-09-2013 06:15 PM

Re: Meatless meal ideas??
-Lentil sloppy joes
-Lentil soup
-Enchiladas w/ black beans & sweet potatoes
-Pasta w/ pesto, marinara, etc. and crusty bread
-Veggie Stir fry
-Hummus w/ veg & side fruit salad
-Veggie chili (leftovers to top baked potatoes the next night!)
-Veggie pizza
-Red beans & rice
-Grilled cheese & tomato soup (or PB&J and tomato soup- yum!)
-Pancakes or any breakfast for dinner
-White bean soup
-Eggs in a frame

ProudCoastieWife 02-09-2013 07:11 PM

Re: Meatless meal ideas??
Avocado chickpea yummy!

betsynic 02-09-2013 07:16 PM

Re: Meatless meal ideas??
How about quiche. I make the bisquick impossible pies meatless.

cpamamma 02-09-2013 07:31 PM

An alternative to quiche is frittata. Basically quiche without the crust so a bit easier to cook. I like to clean out my fridge this way. Just be sure to add some sautéed veggies and cheese. Great with a salad and crusty bread.

Nubiangyrl 02-09-2013 10:07 PM

Re: Meatless meal ideas??
Lentil soup is a good option. Also, try introducing quinoa. It's not a meat substitute, but it's nutritious and has a lot of protein.

dvansmom 02-10-2013 08:45 AM


Originally Posted by megenic
My absolute favorite is "mock" tuna salad. It's made with chickpeas. You can google it - I would link but I'm on my phone. It is soooo good. I make it on big crusty rolls and make sweet potato fries and green salAd with it.

This sounds awesome!

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