I've been a vegetarian for more than 10 years and I'm constantly hear things like “HOW do you do it?!?” and “Don't you MISS meat?!?!” Then there's “You CAN'T POSSIBLY get enough protein in your diet!!”
The fact is, there are SO many amazing ways to eat food that don't include meat, that DO provide you with all the essential amino acids that you need to have a dose of complete protein and help you get all your servings of vegetables.
Moreover, eating vegetarian meals will save you money and is better for the planet, using less energy and fewer resources to produce tasty dishes.
The six recipes listed below are just a small sampling of the many delicious vegetarian options available to you.
I selected these ones because they highlight vegetables rather than carbs, and because they aren't the typical, boring, single vegetarian option you often see on a menu.
Portobello mushroom “burgers?” Pastas? Salads? Come on. folks. We can be more creative than that.
These six recipes are relatively simple, quick and cheap to prepare. Even the most meat-loving people in your life will enjoy these meals without feeling like they are eating an incomplete diet.
Check them out. And please comment with your own favorites!
1) Healthy Veggie Lentil Shepherd's Pie
This recipe recreates an ultimate comfort food with a healthier, lighter twist. You'll still feel like you have a hearty meal with all the flavors of a cozy winter-night dinner but you'll save time and money (and calories!) by leaving out the meat.
This version of the recipe is vegan and uses dairy substitutes, which you can choose to utilize or swap out for milk and butter if you are not a dairy fan. The recipe makes eight servings and is easily frozen, so plan to feel full and please a crowd!
2) Veggie Pot Pies
Who said that pot pies require chicken?? This recipe hooks you up with a tremendously tasty, totally vegetarian version of the classic chicken pot pie.