I've thought hard about this. You wanted recipes? Well looking in my recipe notebook I realised how much I use cream or cheese in my favourites
so I'll pass on 2 super simple meals created during my student days, the only ones without dairy in them! These are really hotchpotch, you can put anything in them so here's a (very) vague outline of them:
Chilli - 1 carrot (cut into circles then into quarters), 1or2 peppers (cut into about the same size as carrots), 1 onion. 1clove/tsp garlic and 1tsp chilli powder/flakes/fresh (add more to taste). 1 tin of kidney beans (or any beans). 1 tin of tomatoes. add a handful of soya mince or meat mince if you want. 1 cup of rice per person.
You could also add coriander and cumin as well if you have them. other things I have included are sweet corn, peas, courgette, and mushrooms
Fry the chopped onion in 1tsp oil, just before it turns translucent add the spices, fry for a further minute. add the carrot and peppers for about 5 mins until they are hot but not floppy. Add the tin of tomatoes, the beans and a little water and reduce, I would add the soya mince here to soak up the liquid (cook meat mince with onions). Taste, and add more chilli if needed. Put on the rice, and simmer the chilli for as long as the rice takes to cook. The veg is supposed to be slightly crunchy by the way. You could add a dollop of natural yogurt on top instead of cheese, or to lessen the burn.
I cook a tomato-based sauce for spaghetti dishes in pretty much the same way, with less chilli powder.
Stew - 1 onion, 1 leek, parsnip, potatoes, carrot, stock cube. maybe: swede, butternut squash, sweet potato, peas, 1 clove of garlic
In 1 tsp oil fry the onion, when still a bit white add the rest of the veg and sweat for about 10 mins to draw out the flavour. Add enough water to cover the veg, add stock cube, simmer for at least 45 mins. So nice with warmed crusty bread. Lovely winter meal. If you wanted to add meat, neck of lamb is apparantly good (?), I would brown it the same time as the onions.
I don't add salt because I've got used to food without its flavour, so you may need to add some. Hope these help, if you attempt my vague recipes tell me if they're successful!