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#1 Hypnic Jerk

Posted 22 March 2012 - 05:53 PM

We eat a lot of meat.  Tea tonight was home made sausage rolls and a pasta and sauce with added chicken.  I'd like to increase our plant food intake and reduce our reliance on meat for a variety of reasons.  I lack confidence in cooking vegies (broccoli always over cooked etc) and if I try and do this but I don't do it well it will backfire on me.  DH always seems to feel hungry if he hasn't eaten meat.  Sandwiches and soup don't fill him.

Can anyone guide me along a slowly softly path?

#2 la di dah

Posted 22 March 2012 - 06:05 PM

Vegetables don't need to be cooked very long at all. I only give broccoli about two minutes from frozen, dropping them into rolling boil water.

Can you start with, for example, a baked yam next to a piece of chicken, with any sides being vegetarian? Don't take that piece of chicken away yet, keep 1 meat component to the meal, but not sausage roll AND meat sauce. Have one or the other? But don't shrink overall portions, just change the ratios.

#3 jayskette

Posted 22 March 2012 - 06:13 PM

Use beans/lentils as red meat substitute in recipes. Use more fish. For breakfast more eggs and no bacon etc.

My DP is a hardcore carnivore and he loved my frittatas - I put as much vegetables and beans and eggs as I can, and meatify it by sprinkling with 2 chopped rashers of bacon, or 100g deli ham.

#4 HRH Countrymel

Posted 22 March 2012 - 06:15 PM

Stir fries.

Start cooking more stir fries - one chicken breast is enough to meatify a meal for 6... keep dropping the meat content and you won't even know it.

#5 Lyra

Posted 22 March 2012 - 06:17 PM

I used to put red beans in with mince for tacos to stretch it out and then discovered that my children were picking out the beans and leaving the mince LOL so I switched to a lovely vege filling that uses red beans and rice.
I make a lot of vege risottos or risottos with very little meat in them and my husband never complains about being hungry

#6 **Xena**

Posted 22 March 2012 - 06:19 PM

I steam veg by putting them on the stove in a colander saucepan over a saucepan half filled with water. Lid on the colander saucepan and cook for 20mins on high.

Jacket potatoes are easy to make vego and filling
Homemade vegetarian pizza
Fettucine with pumpkin, fetta and spinach and pine nuts
Nachos with beans, cheese, guacamole and sour cream
Vege Pasta Bake

Edited by **Xena**, 22 March 2012 - 06:19 PM.


#7 bluedragon

Posted 22 March 2012 - 06:21 PM

I'm vegetarian, DH isn't but we only eat veg at home.

My recommendation would be to make sure you replace the meat with another form of protein to make sure you feel full. So increase your dairy (eg more cheese, yogurt etc.) include lots of eggs and introduce things like lentil, chickpeas, beans and tofu.

Some good combinations are brown rice and red lentils (you can throw some lentils in with the rice as you cook it or make daal and serve with rice) and chickpeas and cous cous. These are complete protein as is quinoa by itself.

If you're making soup a really hearty minestrone is good with whatever veg you like, a can of chickpeas and some small pasta shapes, you can also throw a small handful of quinoa in as well. This fills my DH up!

I would start with stir fry because it's really easy and the veg won't over cook. You can start with using chicken if you want but not use much and then swap to tofu instead.

A really easy meal we do often is a selection of vegies steamed or roasted a small serve of grain like brown rice, cous cous or quinoa and some tofu or a hard boiled egg or two. You can add a bit of grated cheese to the steamed veg if you want to boost the protein too.

This is one of my favourite recipes, very filling, just serve with a side salad. http://aww.ninemsn.com.au/food/cookingtips...-lentil-hot-pot

Bit of a ramble sorry, if you want any more ideas or have any questions about using the tofu etc. let me know.

#8 Hypnic Jerk

Posted 22 March 2012 - 06:41 PM

I love frittatas, but DH is intolerant to eggs (don't I know it  rolleyes.gif ) but there are some good ideas here, thanks

#9 twinboys

Posted 22 March 2012 - 06:48 PM

You can always try 'Meat free Mondays' as an intro to less meat.

I am planning on making this dish in the next week Brown rice salad

Here is a link to some Meat Free Monday recipes here


#10 KristyMum-

Posted 22 March 2012 - 06:53 PM

increase the protein or carbs, to fill and sustain the 'not hungry' feeling.
have water with meals
have a light dessert
extra large salad
boiled eggs in the salad etc

there are heaps of good non-meat recipes out there and techniques
and this from someone who is unintentionally (kinda, in the 'not vegetarian' sense) eating less meat
with a DH who very much likes his meat n carbs

oh to brocc and veg not overcooking
steam them. turn them off when there's still a slight crunch and then they don't lose their colour.

#11 Pearson

Posted 22 March 2012 - 06:55 PM

reduce your meat intake, and as pp's have said, use high protein veges, like beans, or eggs and cheese.
Also buy low gi grains like basmati rice or brown rice, wholemeal pasta etc.

DH and I experimented with food this week just gone, because DS was on camp, and less inclined to experiment.  We made a 4 bean salad with chopped capsicum, tomato, onion, avo, feta cheese, cucumber, spinach and rocket and a lovely homemade dressing and also warm lamb cous cous salad.  Very little meat was needed with the bean salad, and 2 slices of lamb roast for the cous cous.  Dh was not hungry at the end of either meal, and there was a lot more leftover than I thought there would be.

Spinach and ricotta lasagne is always a good way to start too.  tastes meaty.

#12 secret~sammy

Posted 22 March 2012 - 07:19 PM

I find my carnivorous in-laws don't notice my eggplant and sweet potato curries (red, korma, whatever takes my fancy that day) don't have meat in them.

#13 Hypnic Jerk

Posted 27 March 2012 - 07:55 PM

Some good ideas here, thanks

I like the idea of "Meat Free Monday".  I also saw in an indian grocer some soy based products that looked like they were meat substitutes.

Part of the problem is incompatible eating habits.  So he wont touch pumkin, sweet potato, eggs.  I'm not a salad eater (unless it has roasted pumkin etc in it).  He also doesn't like beans

But is there a household around that isn't like this in some way?

#14 NotBitzerMaloney

Posted 27 March 2012 - 08:06 PM

Eggplant is quite "meaty". I gradually reduced the amount of mince and increased the amount of eggplant in spaghetti bol for my carnivore which worked really well.

I have egg issues and bean/ lentil ISSUES, so can't really follow the other suggestions.

My DH wouldn't eat much in the way of sweet potato/pumpkin till I made them into oven baked chips- apparently thats different??!

#15 Unatheowl

Posted 27 March 2012 - 08:10 PM

You mentioned sausage rolls in your op and it reminded me of some my friend made for her sons party.  She put sweet potato, grated zucchini and carrot in with the sausage mince with herbs and they were quite literally the best sausage rolls I have ever tastEd.  They were 50 per cent vege.

#16 themelster

Posted 30 March 2012 - 06:35 PM

QUOTE
I find my carnivorous in-laws don't notice my eggplant and sweet potato curries (red, korma, whatever takes my fancy that day) don't have meat in them.


Recipe pretty please  biggrin.gif




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