Yayyy on switching to vegetarianism! Great move! You’re doing the right thing. 🙂 I’ve been a vegi for ten years and it seems to get easier every year.
I’m not an amazing cook, but some of my simple faves are:
-Spanish Rice (it comes in those Sensational Sides pouches… you just add water… it’s idiot proof) with peas and carrots (or any vegis you like) on top.
-Meatless lasagna. You can probably google a recipe but I just boil the noodle strips, strain them, poor marinara on the bottom of an 8×11 pan, then lay three strips of noodles on top alongside each other, then add a cheese mix (I mix ricotta, powdered parmesan, and shredded mozzarella), then repeat those three layers a few times and end with sprinkling shredded mozzarella on top. Cook at 400 degrees for like 45 minutes.
-Soy riblets! You can get them frozen from Morningstar farms, next to frozen waffles at the grocery store. I like to put a baked potato with it.
-Omelets with tons of cheese and onions and spinach (if you’re planning on eating eggs, which I do).
-Cereal (lol, but seriously :])
-On Friday nights my FI usually grills me a vegi burger and he makes himself a regular burger. We put mashed potatoes with it and it’s the bomb. 🙂
-Cheese enchilladas. Buy CORN (not flour) tortillas. Fill them with shredded mexican cheese. Fold them. Turn them upside down and sit them in the pan. Cover with enchillada sauce (you could probably make your own if you were a better cook than me, but I just buy it in the can… be sure to read the ingredients though, some incorporate beef fat, most don’t though), and even more mexican cheese. Tons of calories, but delicious.
-Soy tacos with Morningstar Farms “crumblers” instead of real meat.