20 Meat Free Mealtime Ideas for the Family
If you’re totally new to meat free cooking and dining or just in need of some inspiration, below are some ideas to help you rustle up the usual crowd pleasers for family and friends…
- Beef Lasagne or Spaghetti Bolognaise
Meat free mince is cheaper than beef mince, lower in fat and delicious in classic Italian tomato sauces. There are plenty of brands to choose from and you can pick it up in all supermarkets.
- Chili Con Carne
Replace beef mince with a meat free mince, or create a bean con carne using a can of black beans and two cans of kidney beans. Cook with the usual onion, garlic, cumin, paprika, ground coriander and chili. Super quick and very cheap to make!
- Chicken Nuggets and Chips
Quorn Crispy Nuggets are a winner at family mealtimes. Serve with homemade chips or sweet potato fries for a delicious meal.
- Chicken Curry
You can either use one of the many meat replacements available or simply add lots of chunky vegetables of your choice. Make sure you make enough for leftovers, or as a lunch time treat as a jacket potato topper.
- Chicken Stir Fry
Noodles with any combination of vegetables, add some five spice, ginger and soy sauce and you’re onto a quick and easy winner.
- Chicken Quesadilla
Vegetable quesadilla – super easy to make and sure to be a family favourite! Take a look at our other blog post here to find this delicious recipe.
- Pie and Chips
Get creative and make your own meat free pie. We’ve some super tasty ideas such as mushroom and chestnut pie, or a meat free mince cottage pie. If you are against the clock you might want to opt for one of the many brands making vegetarian and vegan pies e.g. Clive’s, Linda McCartney, Quorn – why not try them all?
- Shepherd’s Pie
Again, meat free or soya mince is the way forward – the rest of the ingredients can stay the same!
- Fish Fingers and Chips
A ‘go to’ quick meal - Quorn Fishless Fingers. Perfect in a sandwich or simply served with beans for a quick midweek dinner.
- Pulled Pork Sandwich
Jackfruit – yes, it sounds very very odd but if you’re up for a challenge (an easy one) you and your family won’t be disappointed!
- Mac ‘n’ Cheese
A childhood favourite for many! Check out the link below for a creamy, cheesy and scrumptious recipe…oh and it’s vegan and extremely good for you!! Here’s Jamie Oliver’s take on this popular dish: www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/pasta-recipes/vegan-mac-n-cheese/
Seriously, it’s amazing what you can do with an aubergine. Again, one for the more adventurous and spirited cook but worth the extra research and prep!
- Beef Stew
For a one pot wonder sauté onion and garlic, add any vegetables and beans, mixed herbs, vegetable stock and a couple of tablespoons of Worcester Sauce - Biona is a great vegan brand - but any will do if you’re meat reducing and not looking for a vegan recipe
- Bangers and Mash
Cauldron, Quorn, Linda McCartney, Beyond Meat – take your pick and just add mash (or sweet potato mash if you’re feeling adventurous!)
- Fried Chicken
A rather strange (well it will be if you’re a meat eater) sounding ingredient – seitan – is well worth the effort, and it packs a good protein punch.
Easy…nut loaf – shop bought or homemade, take your pick.
- Chicken Thai Curry
Simply use lots of veg – courgettes, green beans and baby sweetcorn all work just perfectly!
- Fish Pie
Hmmm, mushrooms – yes, mushrooms… a creamy fishless pie recipe which is utterly delicious: www.bosh.tv/recipes/creamy-fishless-pie
- Aubergine and Lamb Moussaka
Simply leave out the lamb and use aubergine, potato and green lentils – serve with a Greek side salad for a Mediterranean feast.
- And Last but Not Least, the Good Old Burger
Again, take your pick from the usual brands who all offer pretty decent burgers. And if you are feeling creative, why not try your hand at making your own meat free burger, there are so many recipes online that you really will be spoilt for choice.