Thursday, May 29, 2008

Marvelous Meatless Meals

Consuming less meat is a sure-fire way to save money, improve your family's health, and conserve our earth's limited food resources. Fortunately, it's easy to prepare delicious, hearty vegetarian meals that even the most avowed carnivores in your family will love. Why not try...

...rice, bean, and cheese burritos topped with sour cream and salsa?

...grilled cheese sandwiches, vegetable soup, and a fresh green salad?

...vegetable fried rice?

...baked potatoes topped with broccoli, cheese, and sour cream?

...English muffin pizzas?

...eggs cooked any way you like, whole wheat toast, and fresh fruit? pasta tossed with steamed veggies, tomato sauce, and grated cheese?

...cheese quesadillas topped with sour cream and salsa?

What frugal vegetarian meals does your family enjoy?


Allison said...

I have a ton posted over at my blog, which is about being vegetarian and frugal, coincidentally! There is a link on the right with a pdf of all my vegetarian frugal recipes. Enjoy!

Kathy Pitt said...

I think due to the financial struggle our family hit last year after buying our first house = no money, we have been having about 3 meals a week that have meat in them. our fav atm is Mexican Burrito Bake, which ia friend shared with me. you layer in a dish pumkin, then a soft wrap which is spread with some refried beans, then some precooked wilted spinach/silverbeet, sprinkle over some corn and grated cheese, then the pumpkin again and do the layers thing a few more times. Top with a jar of salsa sauce over it all and some grated cheese. I use a square dish, so i just cut the wraps to size. Serve with sour cream. yummo, the kids love it!

Rachel said...

I am a vegetarian and cook all veggie meals. We like pasta with my home made sauce (just cooked and blended red pepper, onion, courgettes with a squirt of tomato sauce and some stock powder). I tend to use loads of fresh vegetables which are quite pricey but worth it, I think.

Heather said...

I wrote a post about this topic not long ago. We really like to make enchiladas with a mixture of lentils and bulgur wheat. You would swear it's ground beef! YUM.


Thanks for the ideas! Our favorite meatless meal is Shepards Pie. It's really easy too. We use about 2 packages of Boca crumbles mixed with a jar of ff beef gravy and frozen peas and carrots blend. Pile it in a pie plate and top with mashed potatoes. I use the refrigerated version when they are BOGO otherwise I make them myself. Bake at 350 for about 30 mins or until warm. The kids love it too!

Though I enjoy eating meat, I HATE cooking it! It's really disgusting to have to deal with raw meat. This summer we are going to try and focus on more meatless dishes. Plus, it saves money and is so much healthier!

Alpa said...

Katie - Thanks for visiting my blog!! I'm just going down through your posts - you have a wonderful blog!

I think Mexican is such a sure thing such as all the ingredients are relatively inexpensive. If you get tired of that, you can always make a ton of different stir fries w/brown rice. Tasty and healthy! Once you invest in some basic indian spices, indian curries and vegetable dishes are relatively cheap too :)

learning the ropes said...

Rice and lentils (yellow split peas) is a favorite, My husband so much loves it, he even prepares it himself when I don't have time to cook or when I am sick. There's something very relaxing about puuting the rice in one pressure cooker and lentils in another and having our favorite meal ready after 5 mins.

Value For Your Life said...

Thanks for writing this post, I think that it'll definitely get some people thinking! I came over from the Festival of Frugality, and I'm glad I discovered your blog today.
I'm actually doing the final installment of my vegetarian cooking series over on my site. A lot of the ideas are about incorporating a vegetarian into your meal planning, with specific meal suggestions in the later posts. If you're interested here's a link to the first post in the series: