zweisamkeit, my husband is a vegetarian, so I eat very little meat, and I’ve also found that I feel better for it. Maybe because I still eat meat, though, I can’t stand most imitation meat products like gardenburgers or tofu dogs. I like tofu in Asian dishes, but not as a meat substitute.
My sure-fire “vegetarian to impress non-vegetarians” meal is black bean soup. It’s quick, easy, and freezes well.
2 Tbsp. olive oil
1 diced onion
4-5 cloves crushed garlic
1 Tbsp. cumin
about a dozen sun-dried tomatoes
1 large can diced tomatoes
2 cans of black beans
Salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper to taste
Pour about 1/2 c. boiling water over the sun-dried tomatoes and leave them for about 10 minutes. In a large saucepan, saute the garlic and onions until soft in the olive oil. Add the cumin, red pepper flakes (I like it really spicy, but you can adjust to your own taste), and can of tomatoes. Let things simmer for around 15 minutes. Add the black beans and sundried tomatoes and let simmer for at least 20 minutes. (The longer it simmers, the better it will be.) While it’s simmering, add salt and pepper to taste. Before serving, puree half the soup in a blender and then return it to the soup pot.
Serve w/ grated cheese or sour cream on top. Cornbread and green salad are the best sides for this. It’s good stuff.