Day 21 of the January Money Diet – Cook a Vegetarian Meal

If you’re accustomed to always cooking dinner that includes some sort of meat, try to sneak a vegetarian meal in from time to time. Pasta, burritos, soup, stir-fry, a hearty salad, bruschetta — many recipes are already vegetarian or just need a substitution (beans instead of beef in chili, for example) for a yummy, meat-free meal. Need a little inspiration? This collection of vegetarian recipes is culled from the best of the best at the award-winning blog, 101 Cookbooks. With food as good as this, maybe your meat-and-potatoes man won’t even notice.

Homework assignment #21: Cook at least one vegetarian dinner this week, and be sure to let us know what you prepare.

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Day 21 of the January Money Diet – Cook a Vegetarian Meal

  • Martha

    We had bean tostadas for dinner–the kids love these if only because they get to put on the toppings of their own choosing, but also because they are veggie!

  • pamela

    I am a vegetarian for six years and I feel great! One of my favorites is honey walnuts and flax seed! Very useful and delicious!

  • Cynthia

    A pot of lentil, butternut squash, kale and farro soup is bubbling away to eat on a couple of our busy nights this week. A less busy night will be a red pepper, nappa cabbage and tofu stir fry. One night a pork tenderloin with roasted root vegetables for a special company dish and then a night or two of small bits of meat for flavor from the leftover pork (haven’t figured out those dishes yet). Need to fit in one or two nights of fish. I like Mark Bittman’s balanced approach to cooking, less meat or no meat with lots of produce and whole grains purchased as organic/fresh as you can. The cost has to be balanced with the health benefits. Enjoying friends in rather than eating out helps save on some money.

  • Deborah Gore

    I have a pot of vegetable soup on the stove for dinner tonight.

  • GC

    The meat meal is the once a week meal in our house. We prefer plant based menus.

    It makes you feel so good and you feel better too.

  • I can’t recall the last time there was meat in my home. With the return of winter weather I will be making a pot of bean and veggie soup for this week.

  • Victoria S Andrews

    Am a vegetarian and have been for 20 years. I have recently started Dr. Furmans Eat to Live program which as made hugh difference for me. I agree with Bobbie and believe that nothing should have to suffer and die for my benefit. There is plenty to eat in this world without justifying the death of innocents.

  • Mariah O.

    We regularly eat meatless meals. This week one of our vegetarian meals is edamame, brown rice, and broccoli with soy sauce and sesame oil.

  • Bobbie

    All of meals are vegan. I don’t believe animal should have to suffer and die to provide my meals, clothing, etc.

  • Meatless meals are not uncommon in our house. This week I plan making either beans with cornbread or some sort of pasta with sauce and veggies.

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