Thanks for the reply. Yes, we do like the veggie burger varieties (all but Morningstar Farms) -- they are about the only version of meat substitute that I personally like. They are actually one of my husband's favorite things. We always have a few in the freezer for quick and easy meals. Personally, if I'm going to go meatless, I prefer to just skip the meat all together -- probably because I'm not such a big fan of it to begin with.
A local vegetarian friend also recommended seitan. We haven't tried it yet, but it's in my "to cook" list for the month of May. First I have to make it out to one of the area stores who sells it. I know it can be made at home, but until I've at least tried it once the way it's supposed to be, I don't want to put out the effort to make it myself :-)
Luckily, my husband is on board with the vegetarian dinners most days of the week. He gets his meat in during his lunch at work, and we save lots of money eating mostly vegetarian. It will take more time to convince my son that it is okay to have a meal without meat. He's usually satisfied when I serve a casserole or something, but when it's a plate full of separate veggie and starch side dishes, he notices the "missing" component.
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