9 days vegetarian meal ideas


For the 9 days leading up to the fast of Tisha B’Av, we restrict certain things. One of these is food: we don’t eat meat (or drink wine) except for on Shabbat (or a few other circumstances, like a siyum.)

This can leave some of us family chefs stumped: what’s for dinner? Especially since pasta can only be done so often (…unless you’re my kids. They could eat it every day.) Some ideas:

  • Indonesian Peanut Saute (with or without tofu – I made this one with tofu, and it was great!)
  • Stir fry and rice (again, with or without tofu)
  • Black bean burgers and fixings (homemade are easy!)
  • Falafel and fixings
  • Salads: spinach, feta, craisin, and pecan with raspberry vinagrette is one of my favorite (especially served with garlic bread!)
  • Fish fillets: blackened, brown sugar coated, or just baked
  • Fish sticks and fries (or “chicken” nuggets): kid pleasing!
  • Quinoa “tacos” (use cooked quinoa instead of ground beef)
  • Quiche: just plain cheese or mushroom, veggie, etc…
  • Breakfast for dinner (waffles, pancakes, omelettes, french toast casserole…)
  • Meatless Mexican (use beans instead of meat in tacos, burritos, etc.)
  • Grilled cheese and tomato soup
  • Cold veggie soups, like gazpacho, with crusty bread
  • Cornbread bake¬†
  • Sushi: with fish or just vegetables – or sushi salad
  • Pasta dishes: lasagna, baked ziti, stuffed shells, macaroni and cheese, pasta with an easy garlic peanut sauce

What’s on your meal plan this week? What do you love to eat that’s dairy or pareve?


About Amital

A die-hard listmaker and observant Jewish mommy of 5, managing the challenges of life bit by bit with the help of a Shalom Bayit book and lists. And chocolate, of course. Lots of chocolate.

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