We all know we should eat more vegetables, but the threat of mutiny from a family of meat-lovers dictates that there must always be a large helping of meat to go with it. Fortunately, there are ways to beat them at their own game. Here are five delicious meat-free meals based on classic recipes, so they won’t know the difference until it’s too late. Each recipe is good for a family meal, or for entertaining someone special. Once you’ve tried all these meals, your family will wonder why they were so set against going meat-free in the first place.Chilli Sin Carne
Everyone loves a good chilli, and you’ve probably spent a lot of time perfecting your recipe that it’s now a staple meal in your home. The best part about a meatless chilli is that you barely have to alter your recipe at all. Just leave out the beef and add some extra beans. A five bean medley from a can will do just fine, or you can try to make the beans from scratch if you’ve got an afternoon to spare. Lentils are also famous for having a taste and texture not too different from beef, so these would also be a great addition to your new chilli. You can have as much fun experimenting with this new meat-free chilli recipe as you did with your traditional recipe.
Much like the Chilli Sin Carne, you only need to switch out one ingredient to make this meat-free dish. Prep your fajitas as normal, but then get about 500 g of halloumi cheese. Slice the cheese as you would your chicken or beef, then lightly season it with the same spices you usually use. Add the cheese to your fajita mix, and continue to cook as you usually would. Halloumi has a similar texture to chicken, so once it has been seasoned and prepared the same way, you will barely notice the difference.
There are two ways to prepare the vegetables for this lasagna recipe; you could thinly slice them and arrange them into layers along with the pasta sheets and the sauce, or you could mince them well until they resemble mince from a meat lasagna. Either way, you’re going to need some good chef’s knives. Kamikoto is a good option.
There are many ways you could make a meat-free spaghetti bolognese; you can use meat-substitute mince, lentils, or all the vegetables you currently have in your fridge. In fact, this is an excellent way to use up all your veggies before they go off.
Summer is around the corner, so soon there will be a lot of BBQs to be prepared. You may be surprised to find that a veggie burger is just as tasty as a well-marinated beef pattie. There is a wide range to choose from, including spicy bean, falafel, sweet potato and black bean, or even a few meat substitute burgers that are quite passable for the genuine product.