its not that the ingredients cost equal to a meat, its that a restaurant owner knows that he will throw away a ton of veggie entres before serving one due to slow sales. so that has cost is passed to the customer.
greyghost, you said your wife will eat fish? that should not be hard to find, eh?
i have some bbq customers with vegetarian spouses. they wont eat fish, but they will eat cheese. i made a few dishes for the, but the one they love most is a simple baked potato with saute veggies and cheese and garlic bread.
as for microwave veggie pot pie, uuggghhh.. the crust wont hold.
its a tough life for veggies.....
down in fl, there is a palce called 'sweet tomatoes'
its a huge veggie buffet. pretty awesome, i must say.
but after stuffing myself there, i gotta stop for a triple cheeseburger....heehee