Easy Vegetarian Recipes
Make Healthy Eating Simple - And Delicious!
We all need a selection of great vegetarian recipes. Eating some meatless meals every week is an easy and healthy way to add variety to your diet.
Eating less meat is a good idea for lots of reasons:
- your health
Eating less fat and more fiber is a good thing!
- our planet
It takes many fewer resources to produce a vegetarian meal than a meat meal.
- your budget
Grains, vegetables and beans are economical!
- your eating enjoyment
Once you get out of the habit of eating just meat and potatoes and begin collecting delicious vegetarian recipes, you'll discover a whole world of interesting dishes.
Whether you are a
- a strict vegetarian or
- someone who wants to start making healthier choices or
- someone eager to try new foods
you'll love these delicious vegetarian recipes. Most are quick meals, and all are easy to make. You may be surprised to find that you don't even miss the meat!
Here are a few vegetarian recipes that I make again and again because they are so very tasty. These are all good choices when you have guests, when you want to treat yourself, or when you need to become re-inspired about cooking.
Beans are the obvious choice for a meatless entrée. They are filling and nutritious, packed with protein and fiber. Most importantly, they taste great - especially when you use some great bean vegetarian recipes like these.
Like beans, lentils are members of the legume family. Unlike beans, lentils don't need to be soaked before cooking, which makes them a good choice for a quick meal.
What is a grain, anyway? It's actually a grass seed! The grass seeds we eat include wheat, corn, rice, barley, oats and many more. Visit a whole foods store and you may be surprised at the variety of grains available.
Okay, so couscous isn't exactly a grain - but it's made from wheat, which is a grain.
Oats are a common cereal grain - but they are not just for breakfast. They can also be the basis for delicious main course dinners!
If you have eaten only white rice, there is a whole new world waiting for you to discover. There are more varieties of rice than you ever imagined! Have fun experimenting with the different varieties until you find your favorite. (Mine is basmati.) Keep in mind that brown rice is much more nutritious than white rice. Many great vegetarian recipes use rice as their base.
Quinoa (pronounced "Keen Wah") has been called the most nutritional grain in the world. It is easy to cook and has a pleasant nutty taste. I love the smell of cooked quinoa - it smells like peanut butter!
Tofu is made from soybeans - but that short description doesn't tell you anything about the amazing versatility of tofu. Since it has almost no taste of its own, it can hide undetected in a casserole, stew or pudding. Since it absorbs flavors exceptionally well, you can spice it up and make it the centerpiece of a meal.
Have you never tried tofu? Are you perhaps a bit tofu-phobic? (I was!) Try this delicious dairy-free
made with tofu. I'll be very surprised if you don't love it. Perhaps then you'll be willing to give tofu another chance!
- Marinated Baked Tofu
is one of my favourite vegetarian picnic recipes. It's good for lunch or a snack anytime.
- When you taste
Tofu Feta Pie,
you might think that it is a quiche - but it contains no eggs. It has a wonderfully sweet flavour.
Of course, vegetables are the basis of some wonderful main course vegetarian recipes!
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