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#1 purpleblackqueen

Posted 27 December 2012 - 12:25 PM

I am after some non meat based meal ideas, but that also dont contains lentils, or the like (wont be eaten- have tried before).

We already have chicken a few times per week. Fish would be frozen for kids and fresh for me.

But can't be all vegetables otherwise Jack wont eat.,

I am trying to get other ideas on food bill.

I will be growing a vege garden in a few months, when I get the back yard organised.

Edited by purpleblackqueen, 27 December 2012 - 12:26 PM.


#2 JRA

Posted 27 December 2012 - 12:29 PM

Um, I am confused. You want non-meat, but can't be all veggies? So you want pasta/rice etc and vegies?



#3 Lyra

Posted 27 December 2012 - 12:31 PM

Do they eat red kidney beans? I have taco filling that is beans and rice. I am actually go to try it in a few nights with quinoa instead of rice as quinoa is a grain with protein.
Other favourites here include

* fried rice (with or without bacon)
* risottos. I make a 3 cheese risotto with that fancy ham that I can't spell grilled and crumbled on top
* rice and mince and vege thing
* chickpea and lentil stew (can't see the lentils LOL)

Edited by Lyra, 27 December 2012 - 12:31 PM.


#4 purpleblackqueen

Posted 27 December 2012 - 12:31 PM

QUOTE (JRA @ 27/12/2012, 01:29 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Um, I am confused. You want non-meat, but can't be all veggies? So you want pasta/rice etc and vegies?



I am after any ideas.- so I guess rice, pasta, vegies.

#5 purpleblackqueen

Posted 27 December 2012 - 12:33 PM

QUOTE (Lyra @ 27/12/2012, 01:31 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Do they eat red kidney beans? I have taco filling that is beans and rice. I am actually go to try it in a few nights with quinoa instead of rice as quinoa is a grain with protein.
Other favourites here include

* fried rice (with or without bacon)
* risottos. I make a 3 cheese risotto with that fancy ham that I can't spell grilled and crumbled on top
* rice and mince and vege thing
* chickpea and lentil stew (can't see the lentils LOL)



No they wont is kidney beans either- I have tried them. I have bought some plain couscous to try, but need to get some ideas of flavourings for that.

Edited by purpleblackqueen, 27 December 2012 - 12:34 PM.


#6 eilca

Posted 27 December 2012 - 12:36 PM

websites like taste.com.au are brilliant.  Then you can sift and sort through the options as any ideas here will be met with what they won't or can't eat.

#7 JRA

Posted 27 December 2012 - 12:37 PM

I must admit we don't do a lot of meals without meat of some sort

My pasta salad as a warm dish works well, and DS loves it, pasta, semi dried tomato, fetta and olives.

Also a vegie frittata, or omelette. Although most of our omelettes do tend to have meat in them



#8 Froger

Posted 27 December 2012 - 12:39 PM

Have you tried dhals, where the lentils are pretty much a puree, rather than whole lentils? Urid dhal is nice like this can be made nice and creamy, and quite different to other dhals.

Anyway, some suggestions are:

Falafel (make them yourself from soaked chickpeas and it is very cheap). They look a bit like meatballs, so good for people who like meat.

Omelets
Quiche
Frittata
Vegetable biryani or pilau (make the same as with meat, but leave the meat out, and put in extra vegies such as zuchini, cauliflower).
Pasta with a tomato based sauce and grated cheese
Pasta with a creamy tuna or vegetable sauce
Salad with boiled eggs and/or tinned tuna
Nut roast
Vegie burgers
Nori rolls with vegetable, tuna, omelet fillings
Pizza
Vegetable soup
Vegetable stews or curries
Stir frys

Edited by SarahM72, 27 December 2012 - 12:50 PM.


#9 akkiandmalli

Posted 27 December 2012 - 12:42 PM

with the couscous fry some garlic and onion finely choped add other vegies like cpsicum or carrot also finely chopped and add a good stock ( vegeta) water and couscous. tasty with a stew or a side of vegies...

in our house we are mostly vegetarian. however we eat lot of lentils, beans .sometimes fish and chicken
would your kids eat mild curries? having asri lankan husband my children are used to eating lentil curry which is made up of lentils cocnut milk and herbs ( no chilli) with rice and chicken curry. i usually make a big batch of curry and eat it over a few days..

what about vegie stews? or pasta with a vegie sauce?
in my family we used to make baked rice which is tomato sauce ( herbs garlic and onion) mixed with cooked rice and mozzeralla cheese baked until golden..

vegie lasagna?
with fish i often bake whole fish ( DH) often catches a few ) or i buy fish like tuna or swordfish to make curry

hope that helps a bit...


#10 ~Supernova~

Posted 27 December 2012 - 12:43 PM

What about like a creamy carbonara, minus the bacon, with peas, corn, asparagus (or broccolini), and mushrooms? I make this a lot with either chicken or bacon, but it would taste fine without it.

#11 Lyra

Posted 27 December 2012 - 12:43 PM

QUOTE (purpleblackqueen @ 27/12/2012, 01:33 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
No they wont is kidney beans either- I have tried them. I have bought some plain couscous to try, but need to get some ideas of flavourings for that.



couscous really doesn't taste like much. I tend to fluff mine out at the end with a lot of butter. Not healthy, but tasty biggrin.gif It's a bugger they won't eat kidney beans. Have you tried other beans like butter beans? Chickpeas? I would really recommend quinoa as it has a lovely nutty flavour to it. I resisted it for ages until my husband made me eat LOL the other night he made a fantastic chicken with apricot and quinoa dish. Lovely!

#12 purpleblackqueen

Posted 27 December 2012 - 12:53 PM

QUOTE (SarahM72 @ 27/12/2012, 01:39 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Have you tried dhals, where the lentils are pretty much a puree, rather than whole lentils? Urid dhal is nice like this can be made nice and creamy, and quite different to other dhals.

Anyway, some suggestions are:

Falafel (make them yourself from soaked chickpeas and it is very cheap). They look a bit like meatballs, so good for people who like meat.

Omelets
Quiche
Frittata
Vegetable biryani or pilau (make the same as with meat, but leave the meat out, and put in extra vegies such as zuchini, cauliflower).
Pasta with a tomato based sauce and grated cheese
Pasta with a creamy tuna or vegetable sauce
Salad with boiled eggs and/or tinned tuna
Nut roast
Vegie burgers
Nori rolls with vegetable, tuna, omelet fillings
Pizza
Vegetable soup
Vegetable stews or curries
Stir frys


No haven't tried dhals.


QUOTE (Lyra @ 27/12/2012, 01:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
couscous really doesn't taste like much. I tend to fluff mine out at the end with a lot of butter. Not healthy, but tasty biggrin.gif It's a bugger they won't eat kidney beans. Have you tried other beans like butter beans? Chickpeas? I would really recommend quinoa as it has a lovely nutty flavour to it. I resisted it for ages until my husband made me eat LOL the other night he made a fantastic chicken with apricot and quinoa dish. Lovely!


I love frozen butter beans, but can't find them anymore. Haven't tried chickpeas, (although DD hates homus).

#13 Froger

Posted 27 December 2012 - 12:56 PM

QUOTE (purpleblackqueen @ 27/12/2012, 12:53 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
No haven't tried dhals.

OMG then try them! Cook until the lentils are dissolved, and your kids won't even know they are lentils. You can add vegies to them as well. Serve with rice or lebanese bread or some other type of flat bread.

Edited by SarahM72, 27 December 2012 - 12:56 PM.


#14 purpleblackqueen

Posted 27 December 2012 - 12:58 PM

QUOTE (SarahM72 @ 27/12/2012, 01:56 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
OMG then try them! Cook until the lentils are dissolved, and your kids won't even know they are lentils. You can add vegies to them as well. Serve with rice or lebanese bread or some other type of flat bread.



I will give them a go.

#15 claptrap

Posted 27 December 2012 - 01:03 PM

I know you said not just vegies, PBQ, but I've managed to win over dedicated carnivores with this:

Eggplant Parmigiana

make up a thick tomato "sauce" by combining tomato paste, crushed garlic and plenty of dried oregano, and some red wine to make it into a thick sauce.

Slice eggplant lengthways into about 1cm slices.  Dust with plain flour.  Dip in beaten egg then coat well with fine dry breadcrumbs.

Pan fry the crumbed eggplant slices in olive oil - not too much - until golden brown.  
Lay the slices side by side in a single layer in a baking dish.
Place a generous slice of mozzarella on each, then a good dollop of the tomato sauce (spreading the sauce out a bit so that it covers the cheese).

Then sprinkle the lot with a little parmesan and bake at 200c for 20-30 minutes.

This is really tasty with a green salad and some crusty bread.

#16 purpleblackqueen

Posted 27 December 2012 - 01:14 PM

QUOTE (dogged @ 27/12/2012, 02:03 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I know you said not just vegies, PBQ, but I've managed to win over dedicated carnivores with this:

Eggplant Parmigiana

make up a thick tomato "sauce" by combining tomato paste, crushed garlic and plenty of dried oregano, and some red wine to make it into a thick sauce.

Slice eggplant lengthways into about 1cm slices.  Dust with plain flour.  Dip in beaten egg then coat well with fine dry breadcrumbs.

Pan fry the crumbed eggplant slices in olive oil - not too much - until golden brown.  
Lay the slices side by side in a single layer in a baking dish.
Place a generous slice of mozzarella on each, then a good dollop of the tomato sauce (spreading the sauce out a bit so that it covers the cheese).

Then sprinkle the lot with a little parmesan and bake at 200c for 20-30 minutes.

This is really tasty with a green salad and some crusty bread.



I will try that, thanks. I have actually just added eggplant to my shopping list, as someone else has sugeested roasted vegies for ontop of the couscous

#17 Lyra

Posted 27 December 2012 - 01:17 PM

You could also do stuffed eggplants too

Just remember with eggplants that you need to salt them otherwise they are very bitter

#18 claptrap

Posted 27 December 2012 - 01:20 PM

QUOTE (Lyra @ 27/12/2012, 02:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You could also do stuffed eggplants too

Just remember with eggplants that you need to salt them otherwise they are very bitter


I must admit I don't bother.  With large, older eggplants, it's certainly necessary, but when they are fresh and not too big, I have never had an issue with bitterness.

Sorry to hijack OP!

#19 Lyra

Posted 27 December 2012 - 01:22 PM

QUOTE (dogged @ 27/12/2012, 02:20 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I must admit I don't bother.  With large, older eggplants, it's certainly necessary, but when they are fresh and not too big, I have never had an issue with bitterness.

Sorry to hijack OP!



I am too scared to not salt them LOL

#20 Froger

Posted 27 December 2012 - 01:28 PM

QUOTE (Lyra @ 27/12/2012, 01:17 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
You could also do stuffed eggplants too

Just remember with eggplants that you need to salt them otherwise they are very bitter


Or try the little skinny eggplants. You can cook them whole. A nice way is with potatoes and tomatoes with some curry spices. Or just buy little normal ones. But I never salt my eggplant, no matter what size - but I cook it in ways that probably don't need salting.

Here are some nice eggplant recipes (just google them):

Iman Bayildi (tomato and onion stuffed eggplant)
Bouranee Banjan (Afghani eggplant with yoghurt sauce)
Eggplant and chickpea curry
Eggplant pakora (deep fried batter coated eggplant slices)


#21 scooty

Posted 27 December 2012 - 01:42 PM

Aldi have a great tray of spinach and ricotta cannelloni in their meat section. It's our go to quick mid week meal. My dh is a massive meat eater and he loves this dish. Cheap too at about $9 a tray for about 8 tubes. With a salad and some herb bread, it's plenty!

#22 purpleblackqueen

Posted 27 December 2012 - 01:53 PM

This is what I have come up with for the next fortnight- Some of the stuff I already have in the freezer

The first lot I have 5 people in the house (the 2 guests- wont try anything new)
Tomorrow----Spaghetti Bolognese
Saturday----Sweet and Sour Chicken Stir Fry
Sunday-----Roast Pork
MOnday-----Mac Cheese Bake/Salad
Tuesday----Chicken Lasagne/Salad
Wednesday----Spinach and Ricotta Canneloni/Salad

Back to 3 people
Thursday---Spring Rolls/Salad
Friday---Chops/Couscous/Vegie Bake
Saturday---Fish/Chips/Salad
Sunday----Fried Rice
Monday----Sundried Tomato & Chicken Bake/Salad
Tuesday----Left Over Chicken Bake/Couscous/Salad
Wednesday----Eggplant Parma/Salad
Thursday----Vegetable Curry/Rice

Thoughts please

#23 Froger

Posted 27 December 2012 - 01:59 PM

Everything sounds good. I probably wouldn't have spring rolls with a salad though. And I'd maybe have something else with the fried rice. Maybe have the spring rolls before the fried rice, and have something else with the salad?

#24 Sancti-mummy

Posted 27 December 2012 - 02:11 PM

Are quiches and other egg-based dishes okay?

I also got a Jamie Oliver cookbook for Christmas, and he did a very yummy looking stuffed squach (or pumpkin)

I found, when my older one was young and it was her and I on a very small budget, I used to stretch meat rather than make meals meat free - so our spag bol sauce was about 85% grated veges and red lentils with a little mince in for her to identify!!

Other ideas are to work the kidney beans/chick peas etc into their diets so they aren't too obvious at first i.e. kidney beans in the burrito mix for a while, chick peas in a stew...

#25 kelliev

Posted 27 December 2012 - 02:20 PM

We love fried rice made using 90 second brown rice. The brown rice has the nicest flavour & texture.

What about something like creamy mushroom crepes? Pumpkin risotto is nice or I've made an oven baked risotto before with mushrooms, pinenuts, fetta & baby spinach. You can also re-hash risotto by rolling leftovers into balls, crumbing and frying, even popping a little cube of cheese in the centre for a suprise original.gif Things like potato rosti/hashbrown type things where you can mix in a grated carrot or something may go down well with kids also.




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