While there are many benefits from eating less meat (even if only sometimes), it doesn't mean meat lovers will do so willingly. Especially if they equate vegetarian food to 'birdseed'. To help, we’ve found some hearty recipes that'll change those opinions, so everyone can enjoy the same meal together.
Spinach and artichoke lasagne
Don't panic! With this delicious lasagne recipe you can use jarred, tinned or frozen artichokes. And to make sure it has that meaty richness (without the meat), it uses plenty of fresh spinach, cottage cheese and a simple home-made tomato sauce.
These balls of delight are perfect with pasta! Clever use of mushrooms, oats and cheese helps give a meat-like consistency and plenty of protein, without a visit to the butcher's. While prep and cooking time is minimal, these meatballs are best chilled in the fridge for at least 4 hours – so plan ahead!
Vegan Shepherd's Pie
Don't let the fact that this is a vegan recipe scare off the meat lovers. This one from Jamie Oliver is rich, hearty and very importantly – easy. Lots of veggies, lentils and chickpeas get the flavour and the protein in.
Brown rice mushroom risotto
Creamy, flavoursome and with plenty of protein, this risotto recipe is also very filling – making it an excellent way to warm up cold nights. Mushrooms not your thing? You can substitute them with whatever you like (try capsicums or eggplant). You can even swap out the brown rice. The results would still be delicious, but you'd have to change the name.
Smoky Southern-Style Meatless Meatloaf
This recipe from the US is another vegan option – so the south they're referring to is their South – famous for its smoky BBQ flavours. And that's exactly what you get from this gorgeous, dense meatless meatloaf. Unlike many vegan recipes, it skips the soy and mushroom, getting its richness, texture (and protein) from chickpeas and black beans.
Once you're done
There's something that's almost as satisfying as a gorgeous meal that's easy to make. And that's an easy clean-up process, using Finish Quantum Ultimate in your perfectly stacked dishwasher. And while everything's getting a brilliant clean, you can start planning the next fabulous vegetarian feast!