- 6 months ago
Lavender28 : Also vegan and those are two of my go-to recipe blogs as well! I also love The Minimalist Baker — tons of easy meals that can be whipped with with basic ingredients (most of her recipes are under 10 ingredients and 30 minutes).
OP, I wonder whether your issue is really carbs or whether it’s processed foods and refined carbs? I’d bet that is the main culprit, along with basic portion control. Vegetarian doesn’t mean low calorie, especially if you’re eating a lot of dairy, and it doesn’t mean healthy either. But the kind of carbs in stuff like beans or quinoa or fruits and veggies are good for you and IMO don’t need to be limited, whereas white pastas and breads, processed snack foods, etc. are generally less great. If I were you I’d focus on eating foods made of whole grains and the most unprocesed ingredients you can.
Some easy meal ideas:
Portobello Tacos – corn tortillas, black or pinto beans (sautee w oil, garlic, oregano, & a dash of chipotle powder if you like spice), sauteed mushrooms, cilantro, avocado, hot sauce
Quinoa bowl – Quinoa, oven roasted veggies, sauteed tofu, top with cilantro or scallions and homemade vinaigrette (dressing is usually healthier and cheaper to make at home!)
Southwest quinoa bowl – Quinoa, black beans, sauteed veggies, avocado, corn, cilantro, hot sauce
Fried rice – Sautee some cubed tofu and whatever veggies you have on hand – cabbage, carrot, frozen peas, mushrooms, broccoli, etc. – with olive oil, tamari, and lots of fresh garlic and some ginger if you have it. Once veggies are ready add cooked rice and mix until heated through. Adjust seasoning to taste and serve with chopped scallions and srirarcha. (If you eat egg you can sub it for the tofu – just crack an egg into the pan once the veggies are almost ready and sautee to scramble.)
Soba noodle salad – toss cooked noodles with a dressing made of tamari, a dash of toasted sesame oil, and rice wine vinegar, and add fresh julienned or sauteed veggies, tofu or edamame, and chopped scallions
Baked potato or sweet potato (drizzled with olive oil, salt, and pepper) with roasted veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, onion, and a green salad
As you cook for yourself more you’ll figure out what you like by trial and error and become better at throwing things together to suit your palate. Stay strong!