These days there are many vegetarian convenience and
ready-made meals available in supermarkets and health stores, and although this site does not use or
advocate too many processed products, much preferring to use fresh ingredients, this page offers ideas for
very quick meals.
Textured Vegetable Protein or TVP can be useful for
beginners as it has the look of and a similar texture to meat. It is widely available in many forms,
mince, burgers, sausages and many more. It is a good psychological help, high in protein, low in fat and
although the recipes on this site do not use it, it could be substituted if required
There are also a number of dried mixes, as
substitutes for sausages and burgers and are very handy to have in the store cupboard. Made from textured
vegetable protein or soya, they can be hydrated, shaped and frozen, ready for use. For variety add chopped
herbs, tomato paste or garlic and onions. The Linda McCartney range of sausages and sausage rolls is
excellent, well worth keeping in the freezer.
Quorn is another wonderful invention, made from a
tiny plant, it has a similar texture to chicken, is high in protein, fat free with no cholesterol.
However, recent enquiries have discovered that only Quorn pieces and Quorn mince are made with free range
eggs and that battery eggs are used in all other forms of the product.
Use as meat sausages. Goes well with cabbage and onions, mashed
potatoes and onion and mushroom gravy or a hot and spicy
salsa. They also work well with carrot,
cashew nut and apple salad and jacket potatoes cooked in the microwave for speed. You can add fresh or
powdered garlic, herbs or tomato puree for variety.
Use as meat burgers. Serve on baps, plain or with fried onions, or turn into cheeseburgers. Make a batch
at a time, open freeze, then wrap in cling or foil and pack in plastic bags ready for use. The burgers go
well with Chinese Salad or mixed salad and jacket potatoes or
A very quick and nutritional meal. Serve on rice, brown rice works very well or couscous. Try to always
have cooked rice in the freezer ready for this kind of meal.
A quick and easy meal, high in protein. Serve with one of the salads, jacket potatoes cooked in the
microwave or any type of rice.
This excellent curry only requires chopping time and about 35 minutes cooking time. The marinating stage
can be reduced to 10 minutes with no ill effect. Having cooked rice in the freezer saves more time.
This fried rice recipe uses very little oil making it healthy and nutritional. Absolutely delicious served
on its own. Great for using up rice and quick and easy to make.
A light savoury meal served with any of the salads, brown rice or potatoes
Always a good standby for a quick protein rich meal, For variety add chopped mushrooms, grated cheese,
chopped spring onions or cooked spinach.
Taco Shells (organic if possible)
Taco shells are available in most supermarkets; follow the cooking instructions on the packet. Some are
even preformed and only require warming through. For speed, heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a pan and add a
tin of mixed beans (drained). Heat through, mash roughly leaving a few whole beans and season with a
little salt and pepper. Fill the shells with beans and grated cheese topped with
salsa. Serve with salads and favourite breads for a nutritious and filling
Simple and filling, another good standby for a quick meal. Cook in the oven or microwave and fill with
butter, grated cheese or soft cheese, delicious with a hot bean salad.
For variety, fill with baked beans, coleslaw or any bean mix.