We have a pretty good vegetarian dinner rotation going. Our easy basics include:
- veggie pizza (tomatoes and fresh basil, crimini mushroom & caramelized onion, zucchini)
- chili with beans and fake ground beef (SmartGround works well)
- various stir-frys & noodle/veggie combos
- veggie quesadillas
- veggie lasagna
- rice & lentils with lemon juice
Some other delicious meals that I've made once or twice and would definitely make again:
- Sauteed Okra with Tomato and Corn (rice or biscuit on the side)
- Tarragon Shallot Egg Salad (I'm usually not a fan of egg salad, but this is great)
- and another good sandwich is Sweet Potato and Avocado Sandwich
Last week, I made a super-tasty mushroom risotto which was based on this recipe from Epicurious, except I used Oyster and Baby Bella mushrooms. Hopefully the weather will cool down some more, and I can start making more veggie stews, casseroles and soups.
Bill pointed out that Indian food is really good vegetarian fare, and I agree. The reason I don't usually cook Indian at home is that there is this really delicious and cheap vegetarian Indian take-out place on my way home from work. So, when I crave Indian, I just go there. There's no way I could make the food tastier than India Sweets & Spices does.
I do hope to expand into more Middle Eastern cooking, though. I just got a cook book for my birthday that should help with that.
As far as my goal to cut way back on our meat consumption, I'd say we're succeeding. We still eat meat or fish at least once a week, but we have definitely found a lot of really good vegetarian meals that are delicious and filling--even for Dakota.
*He recommends tempeh, which I have never tried. But I will now.