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After talking to my mom, we have decided to do at least one meal a week without meat. We are both fine with this and think its a good way to cut back some. However, I have no recipes... and I am leary of just picking one offline and going with it. So I wanted to know which ones yall have tried or use, just to give me somewhere to start.

Any suggestions? :) 

by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 12:07 AM
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by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 7:20 AM

Yes, you can use any beans.  I've used white or even kidney when I didn't have pinto.  Just make sure they're rinsed well.

Quoting OliviasMommy611:

Can I use black beans?

Quoting michiganmom116:

Taco soup

  • 1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
  • 1 10 oz can Rotel tomatoes and diced chilies
  • 1 cup sweet corn kernels
  • 2 cans pinto beans
  • 1 pkt. taco seasoning
  • 1 pkt. ranch dressing mix

Mix all together, bring to a boil, then serve. OR you can cook it in your crock pot for 4 hours on low.

by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 7:23 AM
We do pasta without meat sometimes
Veggie lasagna
Bean burritos
Spanish rice
Vegetable soup or stew

We don't do meatless that often in my house but I'd like to start once a week as well. We have always done pasta without meat sometimes just because I'm Italian and we have pasta like all the time so I try to mix up the kind of sauce and what we have with it.
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by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 7:23 AM

This was a BIG favorite of mine when I still ate beans.  I loved adding a handful of sunflower seeds to the top.  It's filling.

by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 7:25 AM
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Eggplant parmesan or veggie lazanna
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by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 7:35 AM

Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili Photo by: Oxmoor House

Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili

This soup has a mild chile flavor. If you want more heat, increase the amount of chili powder and don't seed the jalapeños.

Oxmoor House SEPTEMBER 2012

  • Yield: 8 servings (serving size: 1 cup soup, 1 tablespoon sour cream, 1 tablespoon cheese, and 1 1/2 teaspoons cilantro)


  • 1 3/4 cups organic vegetable broth
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped seeded jalapeño pepper (2 peppers)
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 (15-ounce) cans no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 (14.5-ounce) cans diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15-ounce) can no-salt-added kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 ounces shredded Monterey Jack cheese with jalapeño peppers (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro


1. Combine first 12 ingredients in a 6-quart electric slow cooker. Cover and cook on LOW for 8 hours.

2. Ladle soup into bowls; top with sour cream, cheese, and cilantro.

by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 10:06 AM
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I like for vegetarian recipes.  there are sop many things you can do with beans, In mexican dishes, just substitute black beans for meat.

Another cheap recipe I like is canellini beans with tomato sauce over sliced pan fried polenta.

Indian dishes are great too.

Tofu may be intimidating but because it has no flavor of its own its easy to marinade and season, it can be baked, stir-fried, cooked in simmer sauce, crumbled for a "scramble."

by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 10:20 AM
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When I go meatless, I go with seafood or fish.  It's the only way I can get by with it with my DF.  He feels that dinner should ALWAYS include a eat of some sort.  

Eggplant parmisan is a good meatless meal.  So is veggie lasagna.  Broccoli, rice & cheese casserole is another (the mushroom soup provids some protien).  You can dice up a variety of mushrooms and add it to your spagehetti sauce instead of meat.  It's a nice tasty twist on protien.

by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 11:36 AM


Quoting etsmom:

You can substitute beans in most things that have ground meat in.

 This is basically what I do.

by on Jan. 3, 2013 at 11:48 AM

I have found the best way to start with a meat eating family is a tostada.

Smear on warm refried beans, shredded cheddar, lettuce, tomato, sour cream, guacamole, taco sauce. Serve this with fruit like melon on the side.

This is how we started, now we only eat meat like once or twice a week.

by Bronze Member on Jan. 3, 2013 at 12:28 PM
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Wow! Thank you so much for taking all the time to post those! They will be a big help, there are several I want to try :)

Quoting michiganmom116:

bean burritos topped with enchilada sauce and cheese, baked until cheese is melted and burritos are heated through

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