Post # 1
I am on day 9 of being meat free and excited to continue. I was a vegetarian for a year right out of college, However, life got in the way and I became really lacks about my meat eating. Recently I have decided to go back to being vegetarian. I still eat fish and all seafood but not every day.
Does anyone have any great (easy, simple) vegetarian meals? I have a crockpot so those types of recipes are good too!
Post # 3
Where are you from? Do any stores near you carry the Morningstar brand? If so, they have a “meal starter” ground soy that you cook like ground beef. You can make all sorts of things you normally would just by substituting that. I make tacos and lasagna with that all the time!
Post # 4
@SBourgeous: I love morningstar! Thats a good idea. I do eat a lot of morningstar already (veggie patties, black bean burgers, buffalo wings) and I also eat a lot of Amys products too!
Post # 5
Mmm. Seriously, people can’t even tell when I switch with that! Especially in lasagna!
Post # 6
I am a fan of limited processed foods so try not to eat too many of the veggie foods like morning start etc.
Get Mark Bitmans How to Cook Everything Vegetarian!
he has a great bean burger recipe that is much better for you than the processed ones in the store. http://www.howtocookeverything.tv/recipe.php%3Fnid=24.html
stuffed peppers are easy wrapped in aluminum foil and baked or with some tomato sauce in the crockpot- sautee garlic, onion and spinach. Mix with brown rice, diced tomatoes and a cheese you like (parmesean, smoked gouda, something with a little more flavor than mozzerella), basil, oregano, red pepper flakes, paprika, salt and pepper.
lasagana adding lots of veggies to the ricotta to make it more substantial. I like adding mushrooms and spinach and shredded carrots and/or zuchinni into the suace while its simmering. (or use eggplant instead of noodles)
layer sliced cabbage with some taco seasoning, tomato sauce, red kidney beans or black beans, crushed garlic, extra cumin and bake. When its near done add some shredded cheese on top for a mexican veggie casserole.
asparagus citrus quinoa salad made with 1 inch pieces of roasted asparagus and orange or mandarin segments, a dressing made with orange juice (squeezed from the remainder of the citrus which you cut the segments out of ), olive oil, garlic, red wine vinegar, splash of water, 1 tsp mustard.
Post # 7
Also check out the blogs… there are ton of great vegetarian and vegan blogs
Post # 8
Ohsheglows.com is my favorite blog. She is a vegan, and posts a lot of awesome recipes.
Post # 9
We make a ton of stir fry. Fresh veggies taste best, but frozen work too. I usually use peppers, mushrooms, broccoli, green beans or snow peas, celery, carrots. For protein, I’ll add garbanzo beans or black beans, and some almonds or cashews. Stir it all up in a wok with some chopped garlic or ginger, evoo, a little soy sauce, and red chili flake if you like spicy. We usually eat it over chinese egg noodles for a little more protein or brown rice.
Post # 10
@lefeymw: Thank you! Ill definitely check those out! Those recipes sound delicious!
Post # 11
My sister is vegan, and lives nearby so I’ve been cooking for her recently. These are the ones that have turned out great!
African peanut stew: http://fatfreevegan.com/blog/2010/02/25/african-peanut-potato-stew/
Quick vegetarian chili: http://find.myrecipes.com/recipes/recipefinder.dyn?action=displayRecipe&recipe_id=10000000554624
I also make a great eggplant parm that is pretty lengthy, but if you want, I”d be happy to send it.
Also, cookinglight has some new quick veg recipes: http://www.cookinglight.com/food/everyday-menus/quick-easy-vegetarian-recipes-00400000057017/
Post # 12
My friend has a blog about all her scrumptious vegetarian recipes. I’m not a vegetarian and I want to eat everything she makes!
Hope it helps!
Post # 13
Great blog suggestions!! I’ll have to check them out!
@PitBulLover: Good job on going back veggie! Do you like Indian food at all? My mom makes some excellent vegetarian Indian dishes which are very easy to make, once you have some of the basic ingredients.
In our (me and DH) home, we make a lot of stir fry, home-made pasta/pizza sauce and lately have been making chili. There is an AMAZING boxed chili from Fantastic Foods. We couldn’t find it in the supermarket…so DH bought a 24 package box. Yea, we’ve been eating that a lot!
I would also suggest the Moosewood cookbooks by Mollie Katzen. She has a whole lot out, and her recipes are great.
Post # 14
I’m not vegetarian, but I make vegetarian meals from time to time, here are some of my favorites:
Grilled Garden Pasta
this is also easy to convert into a mexican-ish version: use black beans, use mexican-blend shredded cheese, use plain diced tomatoes and some chili powder, and I top with cubed avacado
Cheese & Spinach Portobello Mushrooms
Post # 15
@PitBulLover: I would highly recommend getting “The Kind Diet” book by Alicia Silverstone. It’s actually a vegan book. I’ve been a veggie for 8 months now and I make a ton of meals out of that book. I’m trying to control my dairy intake in general, so it helps. I am absolutely in love with a couple recipes. They have been the best tasting, healty and non-fattening. I am loving all the fresh produce. Please take a look at it at the book store. I make things out of it often and my FI (meateater) doesn’t even realize there isn’t any meat in it. Alicia also hardly uses any processed food… so it’s great for you!
Post # 16
2nding the recommendation for the Bittman cookbook, it’s great. I’ve been vegetarian for 9 years and have a ton of recipes I could share – are you looking for any type in particular?