Post # 1
I have been thinking about going vegetarian for the past couple weeks, and yesterday I decided to do it.
I picked up a couple vegetarian cook books from the library, and one that has recipes that are easy to make half omnivore/half veggie. My husband has no interest in giving up meat and I never would ask him to.
I did a grocery shop today and got some edamame, tofu, nutritional yeast, and tons of whole grains, veggies, and fruit, but I would LOVE some creative, healthy recipes and snack ideas!
I am kind of at a loss… I haven’t even cooked tofu before!
I am super excited to start this and I can’t wait to hear your ideas and suggestions.
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Post # 4
I’m not a vegetarian, but we do eat a lot of meatless dinners. One of my recent favorites are these really yummy black bean burgers. I just made those last night with these sweet potato fries.
Here are a couple more:
potato leek soup (this one is really good and super filling)
vegetarian chili I haven’t made this yet, but it looks really good.
Check out skinnytaste.com as she has a vegetarian section. Good luck!
Post # 5
Two words: spaghetti squash. Super easy to cook and so tasty! Once cooked and scraped, I like to toss it with a can of italian seasoned, crushed tomatoes, olives, and chick peas. I also love to eat it plain with just a dab of butter.
Post # 6
Chili Chili Bang Bang (this recipe is amazing!)
Makes 8 servings (crock size–about 5 qt)
1 & 1/4 cups onions, chopped coarsely
1 cup red bell peppers, chopped
1 cup green bell peppers, chopped
3/4 cup celery, chopped
3/4 cup carrots, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp. chili powder
1 & 1/2 cups quartered fresh mushrooms (i omitted these)
1 cup zucchini, cubed
28 ounce can low-sodium diced tomatoes
28 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed (I used 2 regular cans so about 30 oz)
15 ounce can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
11 ounce can kernel corn, UNDRAINED (I used regular 14 or 15 oz can)
1 TBSp ground cumin
1-1/2 tsp dried oregano
1-1/2 tsp dried basil
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (I used less!!–just a touch)
1. combine all ingredients in slow cooker or pot.
2. Cover . Cook on high 4 hours, stirring occasionally. (Cook for less time in pot)
Post # 7
I have a recipe that I made up myself, it’s a stir fry of sorts:
1/2 container extra firm tofu, crumbled
1 zuchinni, cut into small chunks
1 cup brocolli florets (steamed)
1-2 cups baby spinach
1/2 package vermicilli rice noodles
Heat sesame oil in a wok over medium heat and add zuchinni and cook 3-5 minutes until slighly brown, add tofu and cook an additional 5 minutes.
Meanwhile boil water in a pot large enough for the rice noodles.
Once the pot water is boiling, add to the frying pan the cooked brocolli and spinach, add some water (either from the pot or from the tap) and cover the frying pan. Drop the rice noodles into the pot.
Once the rice noodles have cooked, drain and add to the wok, stir to combine.
Garnish with sesame seeds.
Post # 8
My Fiance is vegetarian and I have found I really love cooking and eating meatless meals. Here are some tried and true favorites:
Spinach lasagna rolls: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2010/02/spinach-lasagna-rolls.html
Snobby joes: http://happyfoody.com/2009/01/17/snobby-joes/
Quinoa stuffed peppers: http://www.weightwatchers.com/food/rcp/RecipePage.aspx?recipeid=220451
Gourmet mushroom risotto: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/gourmet-mushroom-risotto/
For websites, I like to find recipes on skinnytaste.com, weight watchers, kalynskitchen.com and eatingwell.com.
Post # 8
I’m not vegetarian, but there are some meals I cook that are meat-free. Here’s a few of my favorites:
http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/skillet_gnocchi_with_chard_white_beans.html (with a few adjustments, you can make this into a Mexican-ish dish too; substite black beans, plain diced tomatoes and chili powder, shdredded pepper jack or taco cheese blend, and top with some avacado)
http://www.food.com/recipe/garden-cheese-soup-282451 (subtitute vegetable bullion to make it vegetarian)
Post # 9
@abbyful: That gnocchi with chard (we use spinach) is one of my favorites too! I love the suggestion for making it Mexican, I’ll have to try it.
Post # 10
We don’t eat meat at home, so I have a bunch. Here are my top 5. Feel free to PM me for more:
Goat Cheese qunioa Take a bag of kale or collard greens (about a 2 pound bag, in the produce section. If you can’t find it, a box of frozen works too). In a large pot put the greens, 3 cups of water, and 1.5 cups of quinoa in. Bring to boil, stir, and let boil for about 10-15 minutes (until the quinoa splits open and little spirals come out). Take off heat and stir in 4-6 ounces of goat or feta cheese.
Risoto Heat 1/2 a cup of olive oil and 2 cloves of garlic on medium heat. In a separate pan heat up one box of veggie stock to just below a simmer. Add a cup of arborio rice to the olive oil and sautee until the rice becomes see-through. Add 1 cup of stock and stir until it is absorbed. Keep adding a cup at a time, until the rice won’t take any more (about 20 minutes). Then add 1/2 a cup of parmigian cheese and a pad of butter. Then feel free to add in any toppings– my favorite are diced, browned sweet potatoes and craisins. My SO likes mushrooms or peas. Broccoli and cheddar instead of parmigian also works
Polenta Parmigiana Take a roll of polenta (you can find it in the gourmet cheese or gluten free section normally. Cut into 1/2 inch slices. Take a saucepan and add 1/2 cup olive oil. Sautee the polenta slices for 3 minutes on each side. Remove from the oil and top with tomato sauce and mozzarella. Heat to melt.
Nachos I take 1/2 a can of vegetarian refried beans, a 1/3 a cup of pico de gallo, and a handful of cheese and place it on top of tortilla chips. Super easy and so good.
Pesto Pizza Take a pizza crust (we use bob’s red mill gluten free, but glutenous and store bought are just as good for those who can eat it). Pre-bake for about 9 minutes. Add a container of pesto and about 12 ounces of mozzarella. Cook for another 12 m
Post # 11
I’m not a vegetarian, but I’ve been trying to implement more vegetarian meals. I LOVE the 101 Cookbooks Blog: http://101cookbooks.com/ She posts delicious-looking and beautiful healthy vegetarian recipes and I enjoy her writing as well.
Post # 12
Try this blog:
Lots of vegan stuff too. She posts a new recipe everyday and they always look AMAZING!
Post # 13
thank you so much everyone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i am going to have to try all of these!!
Post # 14
Awww, what made you decide to become a veggie?! That’s awesome to hear! I’m Pescetarian. I guess when I gave up meat almost 2 years ago… I just never let go of the fish. Although, I don’t eat it in excess.
I really fell in love with The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone (she’s vegan, though). And, I also love another blog, I am trying to find it : )
Post # 15
@cafegirl: AHhh, that’s the blog I was trying to find!!!