By altering a few basic recipes, you can have them happily eating at your table, if not from the palm of your hand. The flavors here are so rich and the meal so hearty, your meat-loving clan won’t even notice their favorite animal product is absent. (Don’t tell them until they’ve asked for seconds.)
Stuff with black beans, olives, tomatoes, onions and cilantro. Make a quick enchilada sauce from tomato sauce, chipotle peppers and garlic. Smother and bake until bubbly and heated through.
Use a mix of kidney, pinto and chili beans with lots of onion, tomato and a little jalapeno pepper. Don’t forget the chili powder, black pepper, garlic and any other spices you like. Throw it all in a slow cooker, and get ready for a stick to your ribs meal.
3. Portobello Mushroom Burgers
Season your mushrooms with some olive oil, salt and pepper and any other seasonings you like, then grill or broil for a few minutes on each side. Pile them on a bun with all the standard burger fixings (or get crazy with some of your own), and serve. You won’t be fooling anyone with this one: It’s obvious there’s no meat, but it’s still delicious!
These are just a few ideas on how to wow your meat-eating friends and family in the kitchen. Hopefully, these ideas will adjust your reputation from less of a freak into more of a gourmet. Happy cooking!