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Jan 19, 2010 03:53 PM

Vegetarian Recipe for a Real Meat Lover - Please Help!

I'm a long time reader first time poster, here's my dilemma:

I'm cooking for my girlfriend on Friday (3 days) and she is a vegetarian. I've never cooked a vegetarian meal that was actually a complete meal that wouldn't leave me hungry. I eat meat... A LOT of meat. Probably unhealthy, but I eat meat breakfast, lunch, dinner, no exceptions. I also eat a lot. Bloody and fatty meat. Not this Friday, and I need help!

All things spicy, all things fattening, all things strange, everything is great with me, I just need a full main dish thats lots of food, full of flavor, and vegi. (not vegan)

Any suggestions help!! THANKS SO MUCH.

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  1. I'd google for vegetable lasagna, I never miss the meat in that.

    1. What about meatless spaghetti sauce? Get a great parmesan ... the pasta, cheese, and wine should distract you ;)

      I assume that she doesn't object to the fact that you eat meat ... which means you could make the same thing for both of you in two pots, one batch of sauce with meat, and one without.

      PS Note the links to similar topics at the bottom of the page ...

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        1. re: goodhealthgourmet

          Try the mushoorm bourgignon recipe from - it's easy, hearty and absolutely delicious.

      1. Giada has a very nice recipe for butternut squash lasagne with crushed amaretti cookies. That and a green salad and good bread should satisfy anyone.

        1. Ratatioulle, or Italian giamborta. Eggplant, zucchini, bell peppers, muchrooms, potatoes in a hightly seasoned tomato sauce. Eat it with crusty bread. A wonderful dish that will fill you up if you use a good combination of eggplant and potatoes.

          1. I just saw a recipe here that used bulgar in vegetarian chili, supposedly resembles ground meat. I think whole grains would be more satisfying for you than just plain vegetables. I just bought some bulgar at the regular grocery, they were with the dry beans, and will be experimenting soon (I have some vegetarian and even one vegan friend, it's an adventure). Some chili, cornbread and maybe a little Spanish rice/beans on the side?