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    Meal ideas for vegetarians with non-veg partners

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    I told Kitten I would post this a few days ago, but totally spaced it.

    My favorite recipe is a Mediterranean pasta salad:

    pasta (penne or bowtie)
    artichoke hearts (marinated in oil is best)
    kalamata olives
    grape tomatoes
    dressing - the easiest to find is a parmesan & herb dressing. I use an artichoke & garlic tapenade. Just make sure the flavors work well together.

    Mix it all up! For him, I cook a chicken breast in lemon olive oil and cut it up.


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    Stuffed peppers

    There are plenty of veg recipes out there, or you can use a meat substitute for the sausage. The Jennie-O turkey sausage is very lean if you want to use that for him. The prep is a bit of a pain if you use a meatless and a meat version (have to mix them separately with the sauce, cheese, rice, etc.) but still easier than making two meals.


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    Spaghetti. Make some meatballs (or turkey meatballs) on the side for him. Sauteed eggplant is delicious if you want to cook some up for you! He may find that he likes that more than the meatballs.

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    Baked spaghetti or baked mac & cheese. Meatless comfort foods!

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    Ravioli. Costco has a super yummy spinach & cheese ravioli in their frozen section. Even my meat-eater doesn't complain when that is what's for dinner.

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    Homemade pizza. You can brown some sausage for his half, and have just veggies on your half.

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    I make a great meatless chili. I've made it for plenty of meat eaters in the past and everyone loved it. Sometimes when I make it, I will brown up some hamburger, separately, so that DH can add it his but I can have mine without.

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    You can buy veggie crumbles (TVP- textured vegetable protein).... and substitute it for hamburger in things like chili, spaghetti sauces, tacos, nachos, etc.

    DB and I recently made a big pot of spaghetti sauce and brought it to a family get-together.... his dad, the ultimate man's man... didn't even notice the difference.
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    I am a meat eater, the wife's eating disorder is vegetarianism. I deal with this all time.

    Salad's with fixin's on the side, each with something only one of us likes.

    Caesar salad. You can get vegan worchestshire sauce.

    Vegetable stir fry with rice, and slices of meat can be cooked quickly after in the same wok, and put on the carni's plate...

    White tofu, drain it, press it, slice it and marinate it, then cook it in a forman grill.

    lots of middle eastern dishes...Humus salads, tomato basil and mozzerella.

    veggie quesadilla's

    I will think of more...

    also, portobello mushrooms is a great meat substitute.

    Omletes...be creative...also "breakfast burritos"
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    What's your preferred marinade for tofu?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsHooah916 View Post
    What's your preferred marinade for tofu?
    italian dressing; rice wine viniger with a little honey; a little tamari sauce; balsamic vinger with a little olive oil.
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    Quote Originally Posted by guynavywife View Post
    italian dressing; rice wine viniger with a little honey; a little tamari sauce; balsamic vinger with a little olive oil.
    Thanks! I've used bbq sauce and soy sauce. I did not enjoy the bbq. I sautee mine to brown it and then bake it to get a bit more texture to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrsHooah916 View Post
    Thanks! I've used bbq sauce and soy sauce. I did not enjoy the bbq. I sautee mine to brown it and then bake it to get a bit more texture to it.
    press out excess liquid, dredge very lightly in corn startch, fry lightly, and dip and a sauce of rice viniger with a little honey.
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    I <3 this thread! I look forward to hopefully hearing more recipes and ideas
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    Broccoli, Rice, and awesome cheesyness Add chicken for the carnivore...

    For grilling season, a giant portobella mushroom - brush with EVOO, add fresh spinach leaves, sundried tomatoes, and feta...grill the bottom of the shroom first, then add your toppers...then stick in oven to get all oooooey goooey yum yum

    Stuffed Tomatoes...Baja style
    Cut up some avacado, red onion, and bell pepper. Add some corn niblets and black beans. Toss in some canola oil and a dash of balsamic vinegar with a sprinkle of sugar (to your taste more bitter or more sweet) salt pepper and garlic powder to taste...oh yeah and fresh cilantro and a squeeze of fresh lime...for him skip the tomato and just grill a steak or chicken breast and cover with the yummy baja stuffing

    cous cous with a curry cream sauce
    make cous cous as directed...it's easy peasy...
    mix sour cream with yellow curry paste or red curry paste
    cook veggies that you enjoy like mushrooms, broccoli, snow peas, carrots, onions, water chesnuts, bamboo shoots...whatev...in fresh minced garlic and hit them with a dash of soy sauce, salt, pepper.
    Add Diced chicken for the meat eater...
    Put veggies and/or chicken on cous cous and top with cream sauce voila

    These are just a few ideas...

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