I like ethnic food. You can find a lot of recipes in Middle Eastern, Oriental, African, Indian, Italian, Greek, Mexican recipe books and of course, many recipes from Everywhere. So, for ideas, I'd hit a book sellers first. Get something like Vegetarian cook books-- with pictures, so you can get ideas for your own recipes. I frankly don't miss meat at all. If you're doing dairy and eggs, there should never be any concerns about enough protein or B12. Even if you are not doing any dairy-- but then B12 could be a problem. Things I've made and eaten recently include hummus with corn chips, vegetable stir-fry with soy meat strips water chestnuts, bamboo shoots and fresh veggies, vegetable stew with sweet potatoes, and veggies from my garden, thickened with bean paste and tahini, I made noodles, and navy beans with ranch dressing seasoning. I don't usually have multi course meals. Today at the store I bought tiny potatoes to fry up in a few days, eggplant to make into a roasted spread, more hummus fixings (love hummus), and a variety of fresh fruit. I eat a lot of rice and beans, and not a lot of soy meat-analogues. I'm lactose intolerant, so I eat some cheese, but not a lot of liquid milk, and I am trying to cut down on that to lose weight. I think what you are doing is great, and really, you can make nearly anything vegetarian, you just can't rely as much on ready-made food, because a lot of it has chicken stock and such in it. You still need to monitor your calorie intake to lose weight. As far as weight, a lot of the most fattening things are vegetarian (cookies, crackers, cakes and so on). I really started seeing a difference in weight loss when I cut myself off from cheese, eggs, and dairy. I use limited amounts now, but before, I was sprinkling cheese on everything I ate, and eating eggs every day. I learned when you diet, you have to watch the dairy. Once you get down to eating only beans, rice, limited bread goods, and fresh veggies, I really think such a thing as 60 pounds lost in a year is really do-able.