While I seriously enjoy a good hamburger or salami sandwich, I wasn't always a big meat lover. I lived a strict vegetarian lifestyle for 13 years. During that time I built up an intensive repertoire of favorite meatless meals. This pregnancy I've developed a pretty severe aversion to certain meats, running Nate out of the house in search of his usual chicken and fish dishes. Beware the pregnant spidey sense of smell!

Meatless meals that won't leave you hungry

It's fortunate that I have so many meatless meals to fall back on. Those years of experience have helped me prepare hearty food and keep the whole family satisfied for the last few months.

Meatless Meals for Everyone

Pregnancy has me perpetually hungry, so it's a big priority that my meatless meals feature dishes that stick with me. I also have a hard-working husband and two rambunctious boys with crazy appetites. “Hearty” is definitely the word of the day! I love to use ancient grains like quinoa, spelt and chia for easy-to-digest options that provide tons of energy. Protein-packed black beans, chickpeas and leafy vegetables have the nutrients we need in a balanced diet. Here are some of my faves lately:

Broccoli Parmesan Meatballs
Polenta
Santa Fe Frittata
Crispy Orange Cauliflower
Buffalo Chik Cobb Salad
Quinoa Meatless Meatballs
Pizza Quinoa Casserole
Moroccan Vegetable Soup
Chipotle-Cheddar Broiled Avocado Halves
Gluten Free Vegetarian Spring Rolls
Garlic Butter Mushroom Risotto
Mediterranean Chickpea Lettuce Wrap
Quinoa Stuffed Peppers
Spicy Black Bean Enchiladas
Eggplant Pizza

With these hearty meatless meals, there's no more scratching your head when guests of varying dining preferences come over. The next time you're making enchiladas and discover someone doesn't like beef or a friend can't have chicken in their chicken salad (say whaaaaat?), you'll be totally covered.

What are your favorite meatless meals?