Living as a vegetarian does not need to be boring and bland. Any meatless meal can be just as flavorful and nutritious as its carnivorous counterparts. Playing with new ingredients, being liberal with spices and utilizing a variety of cooking methods can take a vegetarian plate to a new plateau.
Meat may be removed from the diet due to health concerns or for moral reasons. Meatless Mondays have become a mainstay in many households as a money saving technique. Regardless of the reason for eating meatless meals, there are plenty of replacement foods that are just as tasty and chocked full of protein.
Tofu is a favorite among vegetarians due to its versatility and high amount of protein. Tofu is available in consistencies ranging from soft to extra firm, which allows the home chef to mirror the texture of meat in a specific dish. Mushrooms can provide an added amount of protein while also absorbing any flavor the chef desires.
Sweet and Savory Spices
The trick to having the most delicious dishes is the seasoning. Vegetarians can elevate the wow factor of meals by using interesting spices. Rosemary is delicious on roasted vegetables. Nutmeg is a fantastic addition to cheesy or cream-based dishes. Even an old standard, like cinnamon, can make a savory dish more satisfying.
Vegetarian chefs can master their meals by working with quality ingredients such as unique spices. Cooking with freshly cracked pepper and milled salt can make a big difference in taste. This is also true of oils. Chefs should try working with quality olive oil, coconut oil or even truffle oil in their favorite recipes.
- Sweet Potato & Red Lentil SoupVegetarian delight alert! The Sweet Potato & Red Lentil Soup is a gem for all my plant-based pals out there. Now, I’m not the biggest meat fan, and this soup has become my go-to. On the flip side, my meat-loving partner doesn’t share my enthusiasm – a shame because taking a break from meat, especially with a recipe this tasty, is a healthy win.
- Greek Split Pea SoupThis Greek split pea soup, a tantalizing vegetarian delight, offers a unique, exotic taste that’s a culinary adventure in itself. Historically, this dish has its roots deep in Greek cuisine, known for its use of simple, fresh ingredients and robust flavors. While the specific date might be a bit obscure, Greek cooking has long celebrated lentils and split peas, making appearances in ancient Greek diets and later becoming a staple in Greek households.
- Quick Penne pasta and tomato bakeThis baked penne pasta is quick enough to make for a weeknight supper. It is cooked with a rich veggie goodness tomato sauce and baked — topped with oozy, melting cheese. While the pasta bake is baking, prepare a side salad & set the table. Then it’s time to enjoy the meal!
- Indonesian Fried NoodlesThese Indonesian Fried Noodles, also known as “Mie Goreng” is a great example of cuisine, adopted from China, that can be easily reproduced in our Western world kitchens. These Noodles have everything a healthy lifestyle person can ask for: they are vegetarian, and they contain a good amount of calories for doing sports or just regular everyday activity
- Tagliatelle with Lemon – Easy and quick mealAny lemon enjoyers out there? Join me and let’s cook this amazing, quick and easy traditional Italian pasta recipe that surely will surprise your loved ones.
- Fried tofu and avocado saladFellow cooking enthusiasts, how are you doing? I have another exciting recipe for you today: Fried Tofu and Avocado Salad. Get in the mood, and let us get started!
- Falafel (chickpea patties)I recall my mother preparing chickpea patties in my childhood days. Since then, it’s been one of my favorite vegetarian dishes, and I’m looking forward to sharing my recipe with you. I’m sure you’ll like it and make it your favorite dish for ages!
- Spaghetti with cherry tomato sauceIf you’re in the mood for a spicy and traditional Italian dish, look no further than our Spaghetti with Cherry Tomato Sauce recipe. This pasta dish features al dente spaghetti noodles cooked to perfection and tossed with a rich, savory sauce made from sweet cherry tomatoes, garlic, and red pepper flakes.
- White Bean ChiliThis is the greatest vegetarian Chili con Carne alternative for those who enjoy spicy nutritious food that is healthy and doesn’t contain any meat.
- Garlic Mushroom Wild Rice Salad with ArugulaWhat I like the most about this recipe is its unique taste. Arugula has a special peppery bitter taste and combined with wild rice and a balsamic vinegar they all make an amazing combination leaving that unique sour flavor in your mouth.
- Mashed Potatoes with HerbsHistorically, mashed potato is one of the most popular dishes. The average American can eat around 130 lb of potatoes per year and the world record for the largest serving of mashed potatoes was set in 2012 with around 4500 pounds of potatoes served.
- Cook a Delicious Tamil Lemon Rasam RecipeLemon Rasam is a traditional South Indian vegetarian dish. There are various kinds Rasams. It can be eaten mixed with rice, or drunk like a soup.
- Avocado SoupAn unusual combination of fresh avocado pear, garlic, onion and a touch of lemon juice, served chilled with a swirl of fresh cream. Suitable for Vegetarians
- Quinoa Recipe With Latin FlavorsYou’ll love this latin-inspired quinoa recipe – the cilantro and lime provide a really crisp finish.
- Kale Pesto with Red Pepper and Toasted Walnuts RecipeKale is well known for its nutritional value, which even rivals spinach in protein, but don’t tell Popeye that! Kale is part of the Mustard family, which also includes collard greens, Brussels sprouts, broccoli, cabbage and some wild varieties of cabbage.
- Roasted Cauliflower RecipeThe herbs and parmesan really embolden the flavor of the cauliflower – roast them together and the results are magnificent!
- How to Prepare and Bake a Delicious Ratatouille RecipeFor anyone looking for a earthy and rustic dish to cook for their friends and family, Ratatouille is a heart-healthy dish that will have everyone asking for more. This Ratatouille recipe doesn’t include any meat, making this dish perfect for vegetarians or those on a diet.
- Stir-fry Tofu recipe with Cauliflower, Broccoli and ShiitakeThis vegan/vegetarian dish is loaded with anti-oxidants from the cruciferous vegetables.
- Roasted-Garlic Parmesan Asparagus RecipeParmesan and asparagus work very well together – add roasted garlic and this almost overshadows the entree!
- Avocado Pasta with Tomatoes Recipehis appetizing avocado recipe comes together in just 20 minutes and is sure to please even your pickiest eaters. As a vegetarian dish, this pasta dish delivers.
- Amazing Buffalo Broccoli Bites RecipePeople either love broccoli or they hate it. Whether they resent being forced to eat it when they were little, or they’re just looking for a new way to cook their favorite vegetable, everybody will enjoy this amazing buffalo broccoli bites recipe.
- Mini Quiche with Sauteed Spinach RecipeEveryone knows that spinach is a great source of iron, vitamin A and vitamin C, but it’s no fun forcing yourself to eat it. Once spinach touches a hot pan, though, its true flavor is unlocked.
- Baked Vegetable FrittataUse leftover or fresh vegetables for this frittata dish!
- Spicy Lentil Sloppy JoesUse this recipe for a vegetarian take on Sloppy Joes!
- Sweet Carrot Souffle RecipeCarrots and souffle – a match made in culinary heaven!
- Cheese-Topped Hearty Lentil Soup RecipeThis recipe incorporates a nice twist – cauliflower – for that boost of healthful antioxidants!
- Indian-Inspired Vegetable and Brown Rice BreakfastNaturally healthy, eat more brown rice to cut cholesterol and fat levels!
- Butternut Squash Fries RecipeA healthier option for kids compared to traditional french fries, this butternut squash fries recipe is a great way to sneak in an extra serving of vegetables!
- Traditional Chile Rellenos RecipeThis dish combines delectable melted cheese with the subtle spice from a poblano chile, delicate fried batter and a tangy salsa accompaniment.
- Poor Man’s Lasagna: Italian Recipes for Every DayA poor man’s lasagna makes for a hearty meal your entire family can enjoy that adds a twist to the original dish. It can be personalized to fit your individual tastes, and can also be portioned out for lunches or dinners for one.
- Baked Eggplant Parmesan RecipeEggplant parmesan, known as parmigiana di melanzane in Italy, is a classic Italian casserole dish. The eggplant is thinly sliced and then fried in a delicious olive oil mixture.