Great Meals where you Won’t Miss the Meat

Would you like some ideas for meals that are healthy and filling, but, where you won’t miss the meat?  Are you looking for ways to  add variety to your menu without the use of meat as the main  focus? There are many ways to make healthy meat free meals that not only are easily affordable but also are quite tasty.Replacing  meat in your meals does not man it has to be bland or tasteless.  You can substitute  vegetables  or eggs,soy based products and beans for most meat based dishes soy based products

One simple and easy to make meal is any pasta based meal, such as, spaghetti with a nice tomato sauce using zucchini and mushrooms in place of the meat. You can also make a nice  eggplant Parmigiana to go with the spaghetti dish or as a meal in itself. A great and easy recipe for it  can be found at,http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/mario-batali/eggplant-parmigiana-recipe/index  Other meals from the Italian  cuisine are vegetarian lasagna, a nice baked mushroom and garlic risotto and pasta Primavera  

Another internationally designed meatless meal is an Irish classic known as colcannon, or mashed potatoes and cabbage mixed together. Basically its boiled up potatoes mashed and cooked cabbage or kale that has been chopped up and stirred in and seasoned with onion, garlic and creamy butter. It is a good substitute for St. Patrick’s day and actually is a traditional Halloween meal. Other meatless Irish meals are stuffed peppers, Puy lentils and rice and potato cakes. you can find more  for these and other dishes at http://irishvegetarian.com/recipes.php

Other international type meals are Chinese stir fry, Middle Eastern  falafel , Thai  vgetable curry and Mexican black bean quesadillas.These recipes and others can be found at http://www.ehow.com/info_8409421_simple-international-vegetarian-meal-ideas.html

 Eggs are a great substitute for meat in your meals and staying with an international flair we come to a much misunderstood meal. The quiche. A quiche is a French meal made of whipped eggs  seasonings and cheese mixed together with your choice of vegetables  added and baked in a pie shell until it is a nice golden brown. It can be served as a main course or as a side dish and if made properly will be a much requested dish.

 In England most meatless meals are of the soup variety including  asparagus soup with a poached egg, cauliflower, broccoli and mustard soup and leek and Stilton soup.recipes can be found for these and similar meals athttp://britishfood.about.com/od/introtobritishfood/tp/vegetarian.htm

Closer to home, we have a vairety of South American meals that have no meat. Meals like black beans and rice,and the ever popular re-fried beans   Curtido De Repollo  or El Salvadorean Cabbage Salad*   And here in the U S alone we have many varieties of meatless meals including the always popular and healthy salads and macaroni based meals.

In conclusion there are many ways to replace the meat in your meals. Its just a matter of insight, preparation and the willingness to try new recipes out.



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