Instead of chicken salad, add cubes of baked, marinated tofu to mixed greens, sliced green grapes, and toasted walnuts; toss with an all-natural ranch dressing.

Instead of spaghetti with meatballs, try spaghetti squash with a hearty marinara, including chopped tomatoes and sautéed mushrooms.

Instead of meat stews or casseroles, use finely chopped root vegetables (such as carrots, parsnips, beets) mixed with fresh, flavorful herbs.

Instead of beef or chicken tacos, use beans (black or pinto), sautéed bell peppers and onions, and low-fat cheese.

Instead of pepperoni or sausage pizza, use crumbled tempeh, fresh basil, roasted garlic, and mozzarella cheese.

Instead of meat ravioli, stuff homemade ravioli with fresh pesto or puréed butternut squash and goat cheese.

Instead of steak and potatoes, cook whole grains such as quinoa, wild rice, bulgur, or couscous; top with legumes, vegetables, tofu, seitan, or even nuts.