Sometimes it ain’t easy being green. And by being green, I mean eating vegetarian. And by sometimes I mean at dinnertime when you’re also cooking for someone who wants meat in every meal.
I’m not a vegetarian every day, just 5 nights a week. (And right now, not even that much). After eating this way for a couple years, I’ve figured out some dishes that I can make for both of us and tweak a little and sometimes just dirty one more dish.
The easiest and quickest is our old standby: tacos. Erm gets ground turkey, I get black beans with a scoop or two of salsa. Add seasonings (onion powder, garlic powder, cumin, chili powder, Adobo, salt/pepper) and that’s it.
Other recipes I’ve had luck with:
- No Meat Athlete’s Corn Cakes with Black Beans – This is also my favorite pre-race meal. If we have leftover ham or pork, I’ll put it in Erm’s portion (and sometimes mine)
- Biochemista’s Mexican Style Quinoa stuffed acorn squash – Ground turkey can go in this one.
- Peas and Thank You’s Zucchini Quinoa Lasagna – This is another one where I put cooked ground turkey in half and just put more quinoa in the other half. BUT I would suggest trying this meatless first, its so good.
- Another standby: Brown pork chops in a pan, then add a can of black beans and a cup of salsa and some cliantro and let it simmer for 25 minutes or so. You can serve this with rice or couscous or any grain and its easy and lovely.
These are good options if you don’t mind your food touching meat. Although, you could definitely split up the vegetarian components and keep them separate if that’s more your style. And they’re great options without the meat, too.
Do you tweak meals for different diets?