Time-saving recipes, shortcuts and meal plans for busy cooks

Hi, my name’s Susan.

Welcome to Not Quite Vegetarian!

NQV is a place for people who love their food but don't want to spend hours in the kitchen. On NQV you'll find vegetarian, seafood and meat-based recipes that are easy, low-prep and often based on pre-made bases, sauces and other convenience foods to save time and effort.

Happy cooking!

Susan - flexitarian blog

flexitarian, semi-vegetarian

Prawn Curry

Prawn curry - flexitarian

As a kid, I loved prawn curry from the Chinese takeaway.  I still love it, but now I make it at home.  Read more

Toasted Cheese and Ham Sandwich

This post is about Toasted Cheese and Ham Sandwiches.

Why would anyone post a recipe for Toasted Cheese and Ham Sandwiches?  Well , the answer’s pretty simple.

In Australia and the United States, where 80% of my readers are based,  there are growing numbers of  people looking to lose weight.  But losing weight is hard enough, without depriving yourself of your favourite comfort food.

Which is where my Toasted Ham and Cheese Sandwiches shine like the little stars they are! Read more

Ice-cream Banana Smoothie

Ice-cream Banana Smoothie

Three ingredients, 5 minutes and you have an easy and delicious banana smoothie for breakfast on the go, an after-school snack or a quick pick-me-up anytime.

Not keen on ice-cream for breakfast?  Substitute the ice-cream with a squeeze of honey or your choice of sweetener. Read more

Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

Fernand Petiot invented the Bloody Mary cocktail in 1921, when he was working in Paris’ New York Bar. The New York Bar later became Harry’s New York Bar, a frequent Paris hangout for Ernest Hemingway and other American expatriates.   Read more

Slow Cooker Herbed Potatoes

Slow cooker herbed potatoes flexitarian blog flexitarian recipe

Slow cooker herbed potatoes

These delicious slow cooker herbed potatoes are addictive. They’re an easy side dish, healthier than roast potatoes,  with less mess and a much faster cleanup.

Only 10 minutes prep, then you don’t need to touch them until they’re ready to serve.

And there’s a bonus – the oil and herbs left in the slow cooker make a delicious piping hot herby, peppery pouring jus.  Read more

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