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Flex Your Meals

These hearty main courses will satisfy both vegetarians and meat lovers.

Fine Cooking Issue 103
Photos: Scott Phillips
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You married a vegetarian, your teenager announces she no longer eats red meat, or your vegan friend is coming to dinner. What are you going to cook to satisfy everyone? The good news is that you don’t have to make two meals or serve bland tofu dogs to the vegetarians.

My strategy is simple: Prepare a vegetarian main dish that’s delicious on its own, set some aside for the non-meat-eater, and then add meat or seafood to the rest of the meal. Dinner’s on the table fast, and everyone gets to enjoy the same supper without your having to do double duty in the kitchen.

The Strategy

Feed both the meat lovers and the vegetarian at your table with this easy three-step strategy:

1. Start by making a flavorful meatless main.
2. Set some aside for the vegetarian.
3. Add meat or seafood to the rest of the dish and serve.

The Recipes

Thai Red Curry with Chicken & Vegetables
Sausage, Cannellini Bean and Kale Soup

Spicy Red Lentil Dal with Lamb and Vegetables
Penne alla Puttanesca with Shrimp

Halibut and Mussel Stew with Fennel, Peppers, and Saffron
Stir-Fried Beef & Broccoli with Black Bean Sauce

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