Can anyone recommend any yummy vegetarian meals for the family?
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Ratatouille pasta...zucchini, onions, japanese eggplant, canned or fresh tomatoes, peppers, garlic, etc. in a hot saute pan with a little olive oil. S&P to taste, thin with veggie stock. Cook then add your favorite whole wheat pasta shape (I like DeCecco fusilli) and a sprinkle of parmesan cheese if you'd like
Vegan or vegetarian? We often have spinach lasagna. Even members of our family who say that they don't like spinach love it. Just add fresh or frozen (drained) spinach to the ricotta mixture.
Here is a simple and delicious dish. Vegan Yum Yum has lots of good ideas:
This gratin is terrific, will convert everyone to eggplant:
I like this mushroom dish with a cucumber salad:
I should have mentioned the recipes here on food52.com
Plugging vegetarian into the search bar turned up a bunch of possibles. There was also a lentil contest last week so tons of lentil recipes here too.
I think Ina Garten's mushroom lasagna is good. I also love Julia Child's ratatouille - so delicate. Make sure you double her recipe.
Grilled, sauteed, or roasted veggies (onions, mushrooms, zucchini, broccoli, etc.) in whole wheat tacos with DIY toppings such as hot sauce and salsas, grated cheese, shredded lettuce or cabbage, sliced tomatoes.
Try a south Indian vegetarian Thali meal all recipe can find here http://www.food52.com/cooks...
Family favorites when my kids were young (enjoyed by all): refried beans, tortillas, plate of cut or shredded carrots, lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes....; salsa, avocado, sour cream -- assembled by each person, often topped with sprouts. Similar meal with hummus and pita, veggies, tahini sauce, hot sauce... or anything compatible. The bean recipes were from Diet for a Small Planet. We also enjoyed pizza nights (all home made), or subs (sectioned crusty French bread with whatever... dressed with oil and vinegar).
It doesn't have to be a big production!
We're huge fans of Rick Bayless' Braised Greens Tacos: http://www.seriouseats...
I recently bought some frozen falafel to try out and it was a big hit, with homemade hummus, cucumber, tomato, tahini sauce, all in warmed pita halves. Next time I will try homemade falafel.
My kids are carnivores who don't like beans, and I prefer to eat low-dairy vegetarian, so we don't have a lot of middle ground! I make puffy omelets, cheese ravioli, burritos (pork or chicken for them), homemade pizza. Sometimes I make lasagna with seasoned/mashed tofu instead of ricotta, but please don't tell them ;)
make a bolognese sauce but use lentils instead of ground beef, it's so healthy and delicious! start with onions, grated carrot, celery and garlic, and when they start getting soft add your canned tomatoes, salt, pepper, marjoram, and any other herbs you want to use. Add your lentils and bring to a boil, then simmer it until the lentils are soft.