One of the questions I get asked the most is “how do I get my significant other to eat less meat?”. This is usually for male partners, who think a meal isn’t a meal without some kind of meat in it. And who think salad is for rabbits, duh.
I have worked on a big answer for this for my upcoming FAQ page, but for now, here are the top five dishes I recommend to anyone to try on their meat-loving family. Meatless Monday is NOT the time to bring out a wobbly pile of tasteless tofu and steamed greens – hell, I wouldn’t even get excited about that. I have found that by easing people into it gently and with familiar food, they are more likely to be receptive to cutting out meat for one day a week. At least. To start!
bad photo, excellent meal! I have had numerous success with this one, as has everyone I know that has tried it with their family. I don’t even bother with the mock mince these days, but it is excellent for newbies just starting out and are usually sticking to their meaty guns. These days I even add capsicum and corn and onion to the bean mix and really bulk it up. It’s so good the next day for lunches too.
Sometimes this doesn’t work, as some dudes are all “soup ain’t food”, but this is no regular soup! It’s chunky and filling and full of corn and potato and goodness. I make it at least once a week in winter, hands down my favourite soup ever.
I LOATHE spaghetti bolognese, always have, so rarely ever try to make it vegetarian. Although my husband does a pretty mean version and I will eat it if he makes it. This option is very similar, but with canned green lentils (which sounds horrific but is actually pretty awesome), and by all means you can change it up to suit what your family will enjoy. You could use red lentils which cook down to mush in the sauce and they won’t be so freaky-looking. Or use mock mince, or just amp it up with lots of veg.
These are FUN! So fun. You can have them with a good big salad, and I defy anyone to tell me they’re still hungry after dinner. You can also get the kids involved, whack a bunch in the oven and you’re good to go. I like to fry them, they gotta be CRISP, but if that’s not cool for you, then that’s cool.
These are super-easy and aren’t meaty in the slightest – which might frighten some poor folk. But once you slap them on a bun with sweet chilli and sour cream, nobody will be complaining. I understand the reluctance to get out of the burger rut, I remember never going near a chicken burger because it just wasn’t the same. But veggie burgers are different all over the place and my palate has expanded to enjoy most of them! Except the tofu burger I had in NYC… I wanted to like it SO BAD. but I couldn’t and instead focussed on the phenomenal sweet potato fries and the weird chocolate soda. These quinoa ones are exceptionally good with homemade fries, and I’m dying to try them with Chantelle’s burger bun recipe.
So hit me up – what has worked for you guys? sneak in a Quorn patty instead of chicken every now and then? (they’re so good!) Neglected to mention the soup is meatless until after dinner? So many options! I want to know them allllllllllll!
Meatless Monday link stuff:
♥ The linky will be up every Monday morning, and will stay up until the following Sunday. It doesn’t matter if you eat your meal on a day other than Monday – it’s just an easy day to create the link.
♥ Visit at least one other blogger and leave some love. This is so much more cool if we’re in it together!