DH and I would like to start cutting meat out of our diet more. It will start us being healthier and we'll save on our grocery bill. DH isn't super excited at the thought, as we're a very meat-and-potatoes family, but is willing to give it a try. His request was that the food "can't look too healthy", lol, so maybe stuff that is like a soup or casserole?
If anyone has any yummy recipes that they're willing to share, I'd appreciate it!
As a former (and probably future) vegetarian/vegan I usually advise people embarking on this lifestyle change, to stick with (a) dishes you already like and (b) meal style yo are already familiar with.
so --- if you are basically meats-n-potatos people, maybe stick with a meal that resembles a MNP (meat N potato) meal - e.g., some kind of cooked veg, some kind of cooked starch, and a protein, and not a vegan-style "garbanzo stew over quinoa" which is really good but if you aren't used to that kind of meal you will probably end up hungry ...
so you might try to make lentil or nut or mushroom "burgers" with steamed brocolli and whole grain couscous.
(there are some ideas here
including two recipes that I've made a million times)
I like a hearty soup as a "main dish" - so you can go with a vegetarian split pea or red lentil soup and serve it with a hearty sour dough bread and a side salad. or a vegan morrocan harira soup (it has vegetables, lentils and garbanzo beans)
my variation on Harira (Moroccan soup)
1 each (all peeled and finely chopped or grated) :large onion, celery root, parsley root, kholrabi, fennel carrot, 1 kilo of pumpkin, few stalks of celery with leaves (don't worry if you can't get them all).
1 cup hummus, soaked overnight
1 cup brown or black lentils (i don't soak them, but they can soak for 1-2 hours)
1 small can tomato paste
1 bunch corainder, finely chopped
spices: 1/2 tsp tumeric, 1 tsp black pepper, salt
additions: 3 tablespoons flour and/or few handfuls of thin noodles (optional)
2 tsp or more fresh lemon juice
1. gently fry the onoin in olive oil for a few minutes. add remaining vegs, stir for a few minutes then cover the pan and lower flame, let veg cook for about 15 minutes. add remaining ingredients (except additions). add about 6 cups of water (about one inch over the contents of pot). bring to a boil, lower flame, let cook for about 1-1.5 hours.
2. mix flour in about 1/2 cup of water and add to pot. let cook a few more minutes. if desired, add noodles now. and cook a few minutes.
3. add some lemon juice - about 2 tsp.
note: you can add cubed beef or chicken parts at the beginning