15 Meatless Meals Even Meat Lovers Will Enjoy

Do you want to incorporate a few meat-free meals into your weekly menu planning as a way to save money, eat more humanely, cut back on calories?

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We support and appreciate all of the many reasons why you may want to reduce your meat consumption!

Anticipating the initial challenge of introducing more vegetarian mains to the household, especially ones that meat lovers who may be cautious and skeptical will enjoy, we’ve come prepared to rouse the crowd.

Carnivores may balk at the idea – at first! – that they should sit down to a meal without any meat.

While we can’t guarantee that they will fail to notice this obvious omission entirely, we are excited to share 15 hearty homemade dishes that we’re confident they will actually enjoy – and maybe even come to crave!

When you’re ready, try one of our delicious meatless recipes for your next meal. All of the recipes you’ll find here feature vegetarian ingredients that are dynamic and satisfying. We’ve gathered our favorites from Foodal in this roundup, like a classic and comforting minestrone soup, and super cheesy veggie enchiladas.

We suggest starting small by introducing one recipe per week to your menu. From there, you might find yourself increasing this number sooner than you might have expected. Chances are, you won’t even miss the meat!

We already know these recipes are tasty – now it’s time to convince even the most resolute of meat lovers in your household.

1. Arugula Dijon Salad with Figs, Pistachios, and Pea Shoots

Light and lovely, with a short ingredient list, this fresh salad is simple to put together when you need a quick lunch that doesn’t skimp on bold flavors.

Horizontal image of a blue and white patterned plate of arugula with sliced figs and pistachios, with a stainless steel fork on the rim, on a brown wooden table topped partially with a patterned black and white cloth, with scattered nuts and leaves, and a blue glass bowl beside a plate in the background.
Photo credit: Meghan Yager

With peppery arugula leading the lineup, the other ingredients need to stand out – and they certainly do here!

You’ll find a fun mix of vibrant pea shoots, meaty fresh figs, and crunchy pistachios, all lightly coated in a quick Dijon mustard and lemon dressing.

Get the recipe now on Foodal.

2. Black Bean Burgers

Say hello to your go-to veggie burger recipe!

Horizontal close-up image of a hand holding a whole patty with bread, sauce, lettuce, and tomatoes.
Photo credit: Kelli McGrane

Although there are multitudes of pre-made veggie patties available to purchase at most grocery stores, making them fresh at home is easy – and they can be customized to suit your flavor preferences and diet.

We love this black bean burger recipe – the hearty and moist patties don’t fall apart while they’re cooking, and they include a tasty blend of seasonings.

Adapting this recipe to your repertoire is easy for those who follow a gluten-free or vegan diet as well. You can easily replace the bread with your favorite gluten-free option, or make it vegan by replacing the egg with a flaxseed substitute.

Sear the patties in a pan until golden brown, and serve them with your favorite buns and burger toppings!

We share the recipe now on Foodal.

3. Classic Minestrone Soup

If you’re craving comfort food on a cold night, something to make you feel warm and fuzzy from the inside out, soup is the classic cure-all.

Photo credit: Meghan Yager

And there’s nothing that fits this description better than our classic minestrone!

The tomato-based broth is loaded with a serious arsenal of assorted vegetables, aromatics, pasta, and beans.

Where do we even begin?

Onions, carrots, celery, potatoes, garlic, oregano, thyme, bay leaves, orecchiette pasta, cannellini beans, green beans, baby spinach…

It’s all there. And that’s only a portion of the ingredient list.

This intensely nourishing soup has it all – everything but the kitchen sink!

Take a look at the recipe now.

4. Crispy Baked Falafel

Falafel is a dish typically made with chickpeas or fava beans that are well-seasoned and formed into small balls or patties.

Horizontal image of a stack of garbanzo bean patties on a white platter with tomato slices, dip, lemon, and cucumbers.
Photo credit: Fanny Slater

They are often deep-fried, resulting in a light and crispy crust on the outside and a tender interior.

In this healthier version, we bake the falafel in the oven at a high temperature. Even without frying, you can still produce a perfectly crispy, golden-brown outcome!

And with a combination of earthy cumin and coriander, as well as fresh parsley and cilantro, these little patties are irresistible.

Anyone will fall in love with them!

Serve them in a soft pita spread with hummus, and top it all off with chopped cucumber, tomatoes, and tzatziki sauce for a filling meal.

Find the recipe now.

5. Garlic Ginger Vegetarian Tacos

When Taco Tuesday rolls around, ground beef doesn’t stand a chance against our veggie-packed recipe!

Horizontal image of a green plate with three corn tortillas filled with slaw and other assorted vegetables next to two bowls.
Photo credit: Fanny Slater

Want to create an extreme wow factor at dinnertime? Our garlic ginger vegetarian tacos have an insanely vibrant filling of mixed veggies like bell peppers, broccoli, and mushrooms sauteed with ginger and garlic.

But if you think that’s all, you are sorely mistaken. The fun has only just begun.

We warm and lightly char the tortillas before adding the tender taco filling. And then we top it with a sweet and spicy creamy cabbage slaw and mashed avocado.

Okay, now we’re done.

Learn how to make these tasty handhelds now.

6. Gruyere Quiche with Caramelized Onions and Red Peppers

Love ordering quiche from your favorite brunch spot?

If you’d rather stay home this weekend, but you still want to enjoy an amazing brunch-style meal, you can make this savory pastry at home!

Horizontal image of a whole tart topped with melted cheese on a dark surface next to forks, plates, cheese, and assorted vegetables.
Photo credit: Nikki Cervone

Needless to say, there are endless options for the fillings you could use here. But our meatless version will undoubtedly rise to the top of the list.

We bake a custardy blend of eggs, milk, caramelized bell peppers, red onions, and leafy greens in a pastry crust.

And with plenty of shredded Gruyere cheese, your brunch dreams will all come true – no bacon necessary.

Check out the recipe right here.

7. Mini Mushroom Lasagna Cups

If you’re looking for big lasagna flavor, but without the work or the HUGE casserole format, our mini mushroom lasagna cups will lend you a helping hand.

Vertical image of baked lasagna cups in a muffin tin.
Photo credit: Raquel Smith

With a few clever tricks up its sleeve, like lining a muffin pan with wonton wrappers to create individual servings, this recipe is a true magician in the art of effortless vegetarian cookery.

We fill the wrappers with a mixture of sauteed mushrooms and onions, sauce, and shredded mozzarella cheese before baking until they’re hot and bubbling.

Take your pick between your favorite marinara sauce or pesto sauce – or use both! You have 12 opportunities in the muffin pan to customize the flavors however you so choose.

Foodal shares the recipe.

8. Roasted Red Pepper Pasta Bake

Or maybe you are looking for a perfectly rustic and casual homemade casserole dish? Our roasted pepper pasta bake is all yours.

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Photo credit: Fanny Slater

No cute little individual portions here. This cheesy baked pasta dish is a filling combo of ricotta and mozzarella cheese mixed with rigatoni and a roasted red pepper sauce, flavored with basil and garlic.

It’s an extraordinary meal with epic flavors!

Review our easy step-by-step instructions here.

9. Sauteed Mushroom and Thyme Pine Nut Butter Sandwiches

A sandwich provides an easy way to layer up bold and fresh ingredients.

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Photo credit: Fanny Slater

How can a meatless meal be boring when you can play with all kinds of different flavors and textures?

In this particularly unique sandwich – if we do say so ourselves, and we do – we stack slices of toasted bread with a homemade thyme pine nut butter, spicy sauteed cremini mushrooms, sharp Asiago cheese, and crunchy, peppery greens.

Choose a hearty bread like ciabatta, focaccia, or sourdough – all of these can stand up to the layers of bold ingredients.

Craving this recipe? Find it here.

10. Slow Cooker Vegetarian White Bean Chili with Butternut Squash

Take a break from standing over your stove, and bring out the slow cooker to make your next meatless meal.

Oblique overhead horizontal image of two ceramic crocks with handles, one sky blue and one light blue, filled with vegetarian chili with a spoon to the right, on an unfinished weathered wood surface.
Photo credit: Kelli McGrane

We couldn’t possibly put together a list of vegetarian meals without including a chili recipe! Our easy slow cooker vegetarian white bean chili includes cubes of butternut squash for added heartiness.

You can cook it on high for 4 hours to get it on the dinner table faster, or you can cook it low and slow for up to 8 hours.

Just be sure to set aside time to soak the dried beans overnight before you begin!

Find all the tasty details here.

11. Spaghetti Squash with Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Feta

You need to have a certain strategy when replacing meat with vegetarian substitutes: find healthy, flavorful, minimally processed ingredients that can mimic those hearty textures you know and love.

Horizontal image of a green plate filled with strands of yellow vegetables topped with a chunky red sauce with cheese crumbles and basil garnish next to a blue towel and a white ramekin filled with sliced red vegetables.
Photo credit: Fanny Slater

Sun-dried or oven-dried tomatoes possess all those things – and more – on their impressive resume.

Meaty and chewy with a slightly sweet and acidic taste that can be used in a multitude of recipes, they are the ideal candidate!

Try them in our perfect weeknight dinner recipe: tender roasted spaghetti squash strands tossed with caramelized red onions, sun-dried tomatoes, and salty feta crumbles.

Learn how to make it now.

12. Spinach Ricotta Calzones

Calzones are front and center with a fun veggie-centric makeover!

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Photo credit: Nikki Cervone

Play with some pizza dough and make these fluffy spinach ricotta calzones tonight.

Our meatless half-moons hold a creamy, melt-in-your-mouth blend of ricotta, mozzarella, and tender fresh spinach.

Brushed with melted garlic and parmesan butter just after they come out of the oven, everyone will go completely crazy over the enticing aroma! These are destined to be served with a side of marinara at your next game night or fun family dinner.

Ready to make this for dinner? Find out what to do here.

13. Stacked Vegetable Enchiladas

Make dinner super easy, simple, and cheesy with our stacked vegetable enchiladas.

Horizontal image of a square portion of stacked vegetable enchiladas on a blue and white plate, with a fork on the rim to the left, and a small dollop of sour cream with fresh herbs for garnish on top, with another plate in soft focus in the background beside a white kitchen towel with an orange stripe and a small white ceramic bowl of red salsa, on a blue-gray surface.
Photo credit: Meghan Yager

This is an easy twist on your usual rolled and stuffed enchiladas made with meat. Instead of rolling individual tortillas, we layer the wraps and the filling flat on top of each other.

And there are layers! Alternate between corn tortillas, a bean/vegetable mix, and shredded cheese to make this crazy-good casserole.

You can make this for an easy weeknight Tex-Mex meal to feed a large and hungry crowd.

Find it now on Foodal.

14. Vegetarian Borscht

A hearty stew can certainly find a happy home in the vegetarian kingdom.

Case in point: our delightful vegetarian borscht.

Horizontal image of a white bowl filled with a bright red stew topped with sour cream and chives on a towel next to another bowl and a yellow towel.
Photo credit: Fanny Slater

A big bowlful of this stew will leave you with a full belly, wanting nothing more than to just sit back and relax.

And maybe take a long nap.

You’ll love the big bites of perfectly crisp-tender cabbage, potatoes, carrots, and beets. And you’ll be mesmerized by the gorgeously deep magenta color.

A splash of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice provides the perfect tangy finish, while a dollop of sour cream and a sprinkle of chopped dill have “Perfect Garnishes” written all over them.

The recipe is simple! Learn how to make it now.

15. Vegetarian Burrito Bowls

When you need a fast and simple Meatless Monday meal, our vegetarian burrito bowls save the day.

Horizontal image of a plate full of brown rice, avocado slices, fresh herbs, and salsa.
Photo credit: Felicia Lim

Cooking and assembling this fast recipe requires minimal effort, and you only need 30 minutes tops.

We use brown rice as the base of the bowls. While that cooks, prep and saute the red onion, bell pepper, zucchini, and garlic along with some earthy cumin. After mixing in the black beans and tomato salsa, you’re ready to assemble!

Divide the brown rice and vegetables among bowls and garnish with avocado slices and parsley. You can serve this as is for a vegan meal, or bring in some cheddar cheese and plain Greek yogurt or sour cream for additional garnishes.

Get the full recipe here.

This Is Just the Start!

Believe it or not, this lineup of recipes is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to our expansive collection of vegetarian and vegan meals.

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We hope this gives you the inspiration you need to continue your new cooking adventure, inviting more meatless recipes into your home.

You’ll soon unveil a wide world of soups, stews, sandwiches, one-pot meals, appetizers, casseroles, and more.

And there will be at least one recipe that will make a convert out of the staunchest meat lover! You just have to find it.

What’s your favorite and most satisfying meatless meal that you love to cook at home? And what are you planning to make for dinner tonight? Let us know in the comments.

Beans play a major role in a vegetarian diet. Their hearty texture and mild flavor are so versatile in the kitchen, for dinner and dessert! Learn more about this ubiquitous ingredient by reading one of these informational articles next:

Photos by Meghan Yager, Kelli McGrane, Fanny Slater, Nikki Cervone, Raquel Smith, and Felicia Lim, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published on February 7, 2015. Last updated on January 5, 2023.

Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

About Nikki Cervone

Nikki Cervone is an ACS Certified Cheese Professional and cheesemonger living in Pittsburgh. Nikki holds an AAS in baking/pastry from Westmoreland County Community College, a BA in Communications from Duquesne University, and an MLA in Gastronomy from Boston University. When she's not nibbling on her favorite cheeses or testing a batch of cupcakes, Nikki enjoys a healthy dose of yoga, wine, hiking, singing in the shower, and chocolate. Lots of chocolate.

43 thoughts on “15 Meatless Meals Even Meat Lovers Will Enjoy”

  1. There’s some great ideas here, particularly the black bean burgers – the ones sold in stores are way too small. I’m always trying to reduce the amount of meat I use in meals so I’ll be trying these burgers out this week!

  2. I recently introduced the ground up chickpeas burger into my weekly menu to extend the budget. It worked out very well. Thanks for the additional ideas.

  3. Ugh!! Why I torture myself with this blog I just don’t know. This is no place for a foodie like me to come to when I can’t go grocery shopping until I get paid on Tues, Feb. 10th!! But alas, here I am, drawn in by the beautiful pictures, and great recipe ideas.

    Glad I came though, because I’ve been introduced to something new to me, black bean patties. That is something that I definitely need to try, considering the fact that A) I feel like my body is constantly craving protein, but I don’t necessarily want to consume meat 30 days a month, and B) I love the taste of black beans.

    I’m going to research this recipe online in the next few minutes, because I have all of the ingredients on hand.

  4. My friend just became a vegetarian and I wanted to surprise her with some new recipes that look and taste delicious. The pasta and burgers look very good and seem to not to take forever to make. So far my friend misses meat and I hope these new recipes will help her get really excited and motivated to keep up with her new eating choices.

  5. Thanks Lynn for these creative dishes. I am a vegan and have tried them all, (minus the eggs), except for the white bean cakes. I am so excited to have a new dish to try. For any vegan who may be reading, all the recipes can use vegan cheese and egg replacers.
    I live in falafa heaven, and we never tire of them. Also, you can use different sauces each time you make them to give a varied taste. I just know meat eaters can and will get satisfied and the pasta is especially rich and comforting. Thanks for being versatile.

    • I must say, I really love meat! But… There are plenty substitues out in the world that one could use. I have tried several and I haven’t been disppointed yet. Lets just say, I am obsessed with trying new things and this is one is on my list.

  6. As a vegetarian for over a couple of decades I am glad people are trying meatless meals and finding they are tasty and healthy. I always liked bean burgers, but these days there are so many more choices of patties, with corn, red pepper and other vegetables mixed into the burger mixture. I find it’s a good way to use up leftover vegetables too and you can freeze the patties. Beans and pulses are a high source of protein, but can be a little windy.

  7. So…its not so hard to fall in the vegan/strict vegetarian type after all…plus the recipes within are just too enticing …am completely and wholly tempted to cease and desist eating meat after reading this topic 😉 …besides one can always fall back to eating meat later… right? ‘cheat days’… 😉

    • Diane, I can say for certain that I will always be an omnivore. I’m pretty open minded when it comes to food but I like animal protein too much to give it up. I do wish all animals could be raised the “Joe Salatin way” (Google him) on small farms vs large confinement operations but that would increase food costs throughout the world. I don’t know if there is a good answer.

  8. My boyfriend is a vegetarian and I find it very hard to create new meals for him, especially since he’s super picky. The dishes can’t have too many vegetables, it’s no good if it’s too healthy etc.

    The one thing he’ll always eat is a veggie burger. We always buy the frozen kind at the supermarket. Thanks for reminding me that I can always try making them myself! The frozen ones have gotten so boring and tasteless. We’ve also never actually tried using white beans.

  9. I’m surprised there was no mention of tofu in a meatless meals article. Tofu has gotten such a bad rap for being a meat alternative. I really blame the ignorance of some people when dealing with it. It’s a sponge! Its flavour comes from what you put into the dish otherwise you’re wasting the potential of the protein.

    • Joan,

      I have to admit I really don’t like most forms of tofu. The hard kind is ok fried with enough of an egg coating to hide the texture/flavor – but at that point I’d rather just though away the tofu and eat the egg!

      Living off and on in Asia, I’ve giving it every single possibility to become an “acquired” taste but it hasn’t stuck.

      I do like certain soft tofu dishes – Korean Sundubu Jjigae (tofu stew) is one such dish that is really tasty.

  10. You always have such great ideas Lynne! Thank you so much for sharing! I recently found out that I have an intolerance for meat. So, overnight I had become a vegetarian. I was put on a plant-based diet beforehand and had meat only on the weekends and special occasions. But now, I am a full-time vegetarian, haha! I’ve been having a tough time getting creative with my meals. I’ve been eating mostly soups. Needless to say, I’m very excited to try out these meals! I love black beans, I heard that they are packed with protein and the white bean cakes look tasty!!!

  11. Yay! Finally some dishes I recognize. I feel stupid browsing through the recipes in this blog, and not knowing most of them. Thus, I’m grateful that through this blog I’m made aware of new dishes.
    Among the dishes listed here, I’ve made my own bean burger and eggplant lasagnas. Mine, however, didn’t look as good as the pictures here, haha. Nevertheless, I could vouch that these dishes are truly yummy. Hopefully, I can forget my lazy and try whipping up these dishes again.

  12. Beans are the overall answer to an animal-protein-less diet. From black beans to tofu, these things will give you you daily protein needs just as good as the animal kind. Almost everybody is skeptical though because of the taste, but there are a lot of recipes out there that not only improve the taste, but push it to a whole new level. Soy sauce is your friend when experimenting with these meat substitutes.

  13. Is it just me or does anyone else find falafels to be a tad dry? I’ve never attempted making them myself. Does anyone have a suggestion as to how to fix that if I were to make them myself? An addition so that they’re a tad less dry?

  14. This is great inspiration for helping me get more protein into my diet. I really needed some new ideas, so this is perfect.

    I’m not a fan of tofu either. I’ve tried and tried. I can eat a couple of things that contain tofu, but it’s still something I’m not very fond of.

    Thanks again for all these beautiful ideas. I’ll be incorporating some of these into my menu.

  15. I know I’ll get a lot of hate for saying this but I love meat and I hate when someone gets insulted for liking something that is made out of/from an animal.
    With that being said, White bean cakes are one of my favorite meatless foods! Some great suggestions here though.

  16. Wow all those mouth watering meals yum. I could see myself not eating meat I could live on veggies alone. I love the fact that a non meat eater could easily enjoy the same types of foods as everyone else without the meat.

  17. This is a great article! I am not a vegan, but I enjoy incorporating varied dishes into my family dinners. It feels like we’re eating better, and at least cutting down on the amount of animal protein. Personally I love stir frys made with tofu ( after pressing out all of the moisture ). Also there is a burger that I make with a slice of fried or grilled portabella mushroom, that is really tasty. Everything is the same, except I switch the burger for a slice of mushroom, about an inch thick. My family really likes it.

  18. I’ve been craving falafel and hummus, which is probably why I clicked on this article. The pictures look delicious. I have never heard of white bean patties, so I will also have to look into making those, once I’ve had my falafel fix. Great ideas here, I love frittatas and quiches. I like meat, but I also enjoy substituting it sometimes, mainly to save money, and for a change of pace.

  19. I love this title. It’s practically a tongue twister.

    I have tried the black bean burgers, which are very good. I haven’t yet tried the white bean cakes, but I intend to do so. They could make a nice side dish instead of potato pancakes or something like that. I still want to make some felafel too.

    We are planning to have real lasagna this week. I’ve yet to be able to talk my husband into the veggie version.

  20. I might have to try some of these out on my family and see if they sail by. They are pretty big on the meat so it might be difficult. If I can avoid the onions without ruining the recipes I might be okay. We want to cut back saturated fats and other downfalls found in some meat dishes but want something with a good flavor that fills you up.

  21. I’m always looking for hearty meals to switch it up a bit, so this is great. I’ve made black bean burgers before (I usually use oats instead of bread crumbs, I think it works a treat) but I’ve never had falafel, so that’s going on my to-do list. And it’s been far too long since I had veggie lasagna… so delicious.

  22. Oh I really appreciate that this blog is covering more and more vegetarian meals! So hearty and healthy and ethical. 🙂 I have made black bean burgers a few weeks ago, but I made them from cooking black beans (with orange, onions and garlic). Mixed all of it with other stuff, including a lot of breadcrumbs. I sort of wondered though — should I have rinsed the beans post cooking to take away what seemed like yummy “gravy”? It seemed weird, like I would wash out the nice taste, but the patties were a bit more wet than they probably should have been (and I baked them before frying them, too!)

    I mean, also tried lentils and mushroom burgers, and they were also a bit mushy. As much as I love my veg-burgers (and oh, I really really do!), it seems like a bit of a challenge to get the texture perfect!

    • It’s always great seeing more and more veggie stuff! My partner is vegetarian, so I’m trying to incorporate a veggie lifestyle myself. It’s actually a lot easier than I thought and thankfully she isn’t forcing me and doesn’t mind when I cook meat. Still, more recipes for me to try out and keep everyone happy!

  23. The bean burger is something I have never seen. Brazillians love beans so this should be a cheap recipe for me to try. I probably already have most (if not all) ingredients at hand.

    The dishes are really gorgerous to look at. Specially the Falafels; Now I’m hungry.
    I did not ask for this 🙁
    (Well, what did I expect, searching for healthy food?)

    More seriously though, very nice recipe ideas. And since I really need to work on a new diet — mine is too imbalanced right now — I will definitely try out the Burger and probably the Falafels, at the very least.

  24. Vegetarian here! I love homemade black bean burgers! We are currently in the Mediterranean (Cyprus), and black beans only come in dry form. We make them weekly, but this week I’m planning on trying out lentil burgers. If I can get the texture right, they could be a lot easier to have on hand all the time. Thank you for the other great ideas! I love falafel, but never thought of making it at home!

  25. White bean cakes sound pretty good. I’m intrigued. For awhile I’ve been complaining about eating meat all the time. I doubt I’ll become a vegetarian, but I am seeking a little variety in my food choices. That’s why I like your post because here I find that. I’ll let you know how the white bean cakes turned out for me.

  26. These substitutes sound very interesting! Eating these substitutes every now and then can actually balance into a healthy diet.

  27. I love falafel. Making it perfect every time is the only difficult part for me. It’s very easy to make them that little bit too dry or crunchy (a little bit of crunch is good, but not too much!).

  28. I love your idea for the vegetable lasagna. While I do like having meat between the layers of the pasta, I am excited to try out the zucchini and breading combination. I can see that this can be a light but filling meal that my family can enjoy. 🙂

  29. I do like beans and they are healthy but I start feeling uncomfortable when I eat too much. I have to be careful with these. I do like your ideas of foods that can be made from beans. I will certainly try these. My family do enjoy beans, but they also like meat and won’t give it up for anything.

  30. The title of the article really caught my attention because my husband is a meat lover and refuses to eat when I try to give him food that doesn’t have any meat. He will always say thing like, “that’s not real food.”

    I loved the Bean Burgers idea. I’ve read hundreds of recipes and this is the first time I see a Bean Burger. I will definitely be trying this one!

    What I like about it is that it sounds like real food, you know like a “heavy” meal that will definitely satisfy him. Also the idea that I can grill the bean burgers instead of frying sounds like a nice option.

    • The bean burgers are indeed good substitute to the real thing. It can definitely satisfy any meat-lovers. As someone who loves my meat, I can say that they are just amazing. You can definitely enjoy them without feeling that something is lacking. The almost tast like you’re eating the real deal without the extra calories from greasy beef.

  31. I’ve had a vegan “beef tandoori” which tasted amazing, almost better than the real thing during a trip to Malaysia. As soy is pretty tasteless it’s really important to use good spices/herbs to impart flavor to the meal.

  32. Out of all of the options you listed here, I’m more familiar with falafel, especially in the neighborhood I live in. At first, I wasn’t too big on the idea on chickpeas, but a friend of mine gave me some hummus that was actually pretty good on hot pita bread. I had falafel in a burger and I wanted to be open minded and gave it a taste. It will never replace a real burger, but I can see myself eating this when I want to take a break from eating meat and for dietary reasons.

  33. I’ve been cooking vegetarian meals a lot lately so I was excited to see this article come up. It’s so easy to fall into a rut cooking the same things over and over again, and I’m always looking for new recipes like this to change things up a bit! It’s nice to see vegetarian entrees that are a little more substantial too, it makes it way easier to eat healthy when you don’t feel like you’re restricting yourself.

  34. Although I’m not a vegetarian any more, I do love vegetarian food and find it more interesting and sometimes more tasty than recipes that contain meat. Plus, they are generally a healthier alternative.

  35. I’m not the biggest fan of vegetables, but I have to admit that those meals looked really good, especially the falafel and the vegetable lasagna one, as a lasagna enthusiast I’m always looking to try new types of lasagna. Trying those meals can lead to a healthier life, a better self concept and it contributes to trying new types of food, what can be better than that?
    Thanks for sharing! 🙂

  36. Coming from a family of avid meat lovers, I know that I should be making healthier meal choices for me and my children, and this recipe is certainly one that I could serve without having a mutiny on my hands. It just looks like it oozes flavor. I’m so happy that I found this recipe right before the weekend. Now I know what to make for our Sunday lunch!

  37. Thanks for those recipes 🙂

    I agree with meat-free meals as a healthy and affordable alternative option. And my daughter has decided to become a vegan which can make meal time quite challenging – even vegetarian lasagnes and quiches at out unfortunately. I am going to try your black bean burgers – you’re right in that the rest of our family is not keen on the soy based meat-replacements.


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