Monday, November 21, 2011

22 Great Meat-Free Meals (Dinner)

Meat is expensive so we try to do a meat-free meal for dinner once a week. We do this a lot more often in the summer when it's hot, we want to eat lighter and I don't want to use the oven or even the stove for extended periods of time. We usually go back to big, hearty, meaty meals once the cooler weather rolls around but this year we're trying to stick with a meat free day once or sometimes even twice a week. We're not fond of tofu or any other meat substitute products so we've incorporated a lot more beans into our diet to meet our iron and protein needs.

So in no particular seasonal order here's our list of  things we've had for dinner so far!

  1. Macaroni and cheese (make your own cheese sauce)
  2. Pasta with Tomato Cream Sauce (or any sauce, Red Pepper, Alfredo, etc)
  3. Veggie Stirfry
  4. Bean and Cheese Burritos
  5. Minestrone Soup and biscuits
  6. Homemade pizza (try basil, tomatoes and mozzarella)
  7. Risotto
  8. Cheese, cracker and veggie and dip platter
  9. A big salad and breadsticks
  10. Pasta or potato salad
  11. Nachos
  12. Loaded baked potato
  13. Layered bean dip and tortilla chips
  14. Bruschetta or olive cheese bread with butter parmesan linguine
  15. Mexican rice (black beans, corn, tomatoes,cheese)
  16. Bean chili
  17. Grilled cheese and tomato soup
  18. Spring rolls and a side of steamed veggies and rice
  19. Lasagna
  20. Cauliflower cheese soup
  21. Bean, corn, green onion and tomato quesadillas
  22. Pierogies fried with green onions and served with sour cream
That's all that I could think of for now, feel free to suggest other veggie meals for us to add to our rotation!

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