I need ideas on things to make that don't have any meat or chicken!

United States
February 9, 2008 10:51pm CST
Okay, so my hubby has decided to eliminate as much red meat and chicken as possible from his diet. Eventually he wants to eliminate dairy as well, but we will tackle that later. LOL So, ideas? I'm mainly struggling with dinner ideas. Thanks!!!
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@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
10 Feb 08
I suggest that you invest in a good Vegan cookbook. This will help you cut out the red meat and chicken as well as the dairy. Here are two recipes that I have been using since it has been cold. The first is for a spinach, artichoke and potato soup, the second is for a white bean, spinach and chicken soup. What is awesome about these is that you can modify them and they still come out awesome. For example, I don't use chicken stock, only vegetable stock, replaced the artichoke with mushrooms, and not used bacon or chicken in the white bean/chicken/spinach soup. http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/30-minute-meals/potato-spinach-and-artichoke-soup/article.html http://www.rachaelraymag.com/recipes/soup-stew-choup-recipes/chicken-and-white-bean-stew/article.html Other options: beans and rice, vegetarian lasagna, roasted vegetable ratatouille, tofu stir fry, vegetarian chili.....
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• United States
10 Feb 08
Thank you so much for all of your suggestions! I'm going to start looking for a good cookbook! :O) It is kind of crazy, as I've been cooking for Mr. Meat and Potatoes for 12 years, and suddenly he is Mr. Potatoes, hold the meat". lolol
@sedel1027 (17868)
• United States
10 Feb 08
Thats really good that he is making the changes. We eat vegetarian quite often. If he is getting rid of the red meat and chicken. you should see if you can do seafood. There are a ton of really healthy fairly inexpensive seafood dishes that you can make. You should check out foodtv.com or discoveryhealth.com for recipes. There are a lot of meat dishes you can easily modify into vegetarian dishes as well and keep the flavor. This may be a good time to start learning about different salad types as well.
• United States
10 Feb 08
Vivasuzi just post a whole discussion on what to make for lent that doesn't have any meat or chicken in it. Check it out. The list is long!
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• United States
10 Feb 08
ack, really? I'm off to find it! Thank you so much!!!!! You are a huge help!
@skysuccess (8882)
• Singapore
12 Feb 08
You may want to try this: Parmesan Crusted Fish Dinner Ingredients: 2(4oz.)White fish fillets (talapia or halibut) 2 tablespoons of Kraft Mayo light mayonnaise 4 tablespoons of Kraft 100% grated Parmesan Cheese 1 cup of STOVE TOP Stuffing Mix for Chicken in can 4 tablespoons of minced mushrooms 1/2 pound of green beans trimmed 1 small lemon quartered 2 whole grain rolls Cooking Directions: Preheat broiler. Place fish on rack of broiler pan. Spread fish evenly with Mayo and grated parmesan cheese. Broil 5-6 inches from heat source for 6-8mins. Or Until the fillets are golden brown and flakes easily with fork. (Please note that the timing is dependent on the thickness of the fillets.) Meanwhile prepare stuffing mix as directed on package. Cook the green beans as you prefer. Serve the fish with the mix, green beans, a wedge of lemon and whole grain roll. Bon Appetit
@deebomb (15347)
• United States
10 Feb 08
When your used planning a meal around meat cooking does get difficult. You need to find some meat replacement dishes such as cottage cheese loaf or Kellogg loaf. You can also make different burgers using oatmeal nut rice and beans. Here is a good black bean burger recipe http://www.theveggietable.com/recipes/blackbeanburgers.html The chickpea burgers is another good one. Portabello mushrooms make a good steak substitute. Here is a site that has some good vegetarian meals http://vegkitchen.com/recipes-galore.htm here you can find several nut burgers http://www.recipeland.com/recipes/nut+burger/ This is just a start. I hope it helps
10 Feb 08
Here's one suggestion, here goes: Stirfry some prawns with some red sweet pointed peppers and a couple of handfulls of spinach. Mix in some piri-piri marinade - would also work with jerk marinade or similar. Serve with either mexican rice or ordinary basmati rice. Alternatively, do you and your hubby like pasta, you could do pasta dishes with a simple tomato and vegetable sauce, with the possible addition of a can of tuna and a can of chickpeas. Alternatively you could cook an onion with a red chilli and a bit of garlic, add two tins of crab meat and the juice of one lime - different, quick, but very tasty. If you are willing to use meat substitutes, you could always do dishes such as bolognese, chilli, cottage pie etc - using quorn mince. It is surprisingly low in calories and high in fibre.
@brimia (6588)
• United States
10 Feb 08
This is a really good vegan recipe site: http://vegweb.com/ I love to make veggie stir fry with or without tofu, veggie pot pie, pasta marinara, vegetable stews, lentil potato soup (hearty enough to be a meal with bread and salad)