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Everyday Meat-Free Meals
Quick, easy & tasty meat-free dinners for every day of the week
When you've decided to eat no meat - or fewer meaty meals - it can be difficult to rustle up ideas for everyday dinners that are quick and easy. I don't know about you but I never seem to have enough time but yet I want to make sure that we eat well and reasonably healthily but I don't want to be spending hours cooking.
There was a time when my default 'quick and easy' meat-free dinner was invariably a quick pasta dish but after many years of cooking, I've developed quite a collection of recipes that I'd like to share with you.
This page has new recipes every week so be sure to come back regularly. The new ones are uploaded every Monday morning.
Although I try to stay away from processed foods as much as possible, quick and easy meat-free cooking does demand a few convenience foods which is fine by me when they're balanced out with fresh vegetables and salads. (Of course, when I use a convenience food - ready-made pastry for example - it's a great idea to make your own if you have time.)
If you're looking for a particular recipe, do let me know. There are lots of people who can help and every recipe you see here is tried and tested - every week.
Images © BritFlorida. Yes, I've named the days of the week after songs - just for fun.
Well, Mondays can be a little manic, can't they? It's good to have a recipe that takes just a few minutes to assemble. Then you can leave it in the oven to cook whilst you relax.(With a glass of wine to wind down after the day.)
If you know about rhyming slang, then you'll know that 'ruby' is curry. (Ruby Murray was a popular UK singer in the 1950s.) I unashamedly use ready-made sauces and pastes - they are better than my own homemade versions (And SO much quicker).
Ah, the middle of the week. But we can just see the weekend on the horizon. Of course, it's also Wine-Down Wednesday so I want something I can put in the oven whilst I relax with a glass of red.
It's mean of me, I know, but I limit desserts to once a week. Oh, and birthdays, anniversaries, holidays and other occasions so it's not too mean. On Wednesdays we usually have a salad for dinner then pig out on dessert. Yum.
Friday's here at last. That doesn't mean that I have plenty of time though - I still want a recipe that's quick and easy. If the price is right too, so much the better. I love to cook on a budget.
Even if Saturday is a no-work day, for many of us it's just as busy. Grocery shopping, house cleaning, laundry, all those chores we've been saving up during the week. Phew. A quick and easy recipe is required.
Just because it's Sunday and I have a little more time, that doesn't mean that I want to spend ages cooking. Quick and easy is best, especially when the food is so delicious.
See the books below for more inspiration for meat free meals. They are highly recommended and will give you many delicious recipe ideas.
Although I seem to have hundreds of recipes, most have started life between the pages of a cookbook somewhere along the line.I've been in love with French food ever since the first time I visited as a child. I love the simplicity and perfect attention to detail.
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