I have been a vegetarian (cheese/eggs ok) for the last 14 years, but I've recently decided to add small amounts of meat to my diet, for a number of reasons. I plan to be able to eat normal meat dishes when I'm traveling in non-vegetarian friendly places or eating in the home of people serving meat, but at my home I would like to keep a vegetable centered diet, using small amounts of meat to enhance what I'm cooking, and leaving meat-centered dishes for special occasions.
I'm looking for your favorite recipes which are vegetable heavy, but in which meat plays some role. I'm thinking more of main dishes than of side dishes. All kinds of foods/regional cuisines are welcome- although I've never cooked meat, I'm very comfortable in the kitchen and like just about everything. I'm also looking for recommendations of cookbooks featuring this kind of cooking, just to get me started on ideas.