Have you ever had anyone tell you that they could never be a vegetarian because the vegetarian diet is too boring?
What a misconception!
Can you imagine that even in these present times there are still persons who believe that the only thing a vegetarian eats is vegetables. Just raw, crunchy salads every day. But that is so far from the truth.
Here is a list of the Top 10 Vegetarian Recipes that will show the variety and versatility of a vegetarian diet. These recipes are healthy, nutritious and delicious.
A vegetarian diet is boring? No way. Let’s bust that myth.
1. Vegetable Lasagna
Lasagna is a favourite for both meat eaters and non-meat eaters alike.
The versatile vegetable lasagna is a staple in vegetarian cooking. It is the go to dish for any occasion. The lasagna can be as similar or as different as you want it. It all depends on which of the several vegetables or (even legumes) you use for this dish.
Check out this simple yet delicious recipe from Pinch of Yum. She uses four different vegetables in this recipe which increases the quantity and variety of vitamins and minerals in this meal.
2. Curry Chickpeas
Chickpeas or garbanzo beans as it is also known is one of those “must haves” in a vegetarian pantry.
There are so many ways to use chickpeas. It is famous for its role in hummus. It is even roasted and had as a snack.
Curry chickpeas is a favourite way for vegetarians to prepare this legume. It can be had over rice or in wraps accompanied by vegetables such as lettuce, bell peppers, tomatoes and whatever else you wish to add.
With this recipe from The Buddhist Chef you will be able to prepare a delicious main course for you and your family. He also includes a video which makes it so much easier to follow as it brings the recipe to life.
3. Shepherd’s Pie
Are you a fan of one pot meals? Well this Shepherd’s Pie will be right up your street. Vegetables or lentils (or both) is used as a substitute for the ground beef that is usually found in this meal.
It is a perfect meal for those evenings when you just want to cozy up inside and have a quiet evening with your family….. Actually, on second thought, it is a perfect meal for anytime whatsoever.
The Buddhist Chef also has a great recipe that is perfect for vegans as well. He has a nice little tweak to the shepherd’s pie recipe in that he includes the option of butternut squash topping in place of the traditional potato topping.
4. Lentil Stew
We can’t list top 10 vegetarian recipes without including the good old lentil stew. Those little beans are packed full of nutrients. They are delicious and extremely easy to cook.
The lentil stew is probably one of the easiest vegetarian meals to cook. It can be served with just about anything although it is most commonly served with grains such as rice or quinoa.
Try this lovely lentil stew from The Harvest Kitchen. There are no exotic ingredients in this recipe. She just uses normal ingredients that are normally found in the pantry making this a quick and easy “go to” meal.
5. Black Beans
In preparing vegetarian meals, there is no shortage of peas and beans to choose from and each of them have their own unique flavour.
Have you ever tried black beans?
Somehow when you think black beans, you think Mexican………or is it only me? Don’t you think of black bean tacos and burritos and spicy chili?…… No?…..Yes?
Well whether you do or not, the black bean is utilized in quite a number of vegetarian recipes. For example, many vegetarian burgers use black bean as the substitute for the meat in traditional burgers.
If you want to hang out with the fast food crowd but don’t want to be left empty-handed while they are eating their Big Macs then just check out this great black bean burger by Lauren at Taste Better From Scratch.
Lauren includes tips to ensure that your burger comes out the best. She also shows you how to make it a vegan burger by substituting the egg with flax egg.
6. Vegetarian Chili
This one is pretty straightforward because everybody already knows chili.
Most persons are familiar with chili con carne which is translated chili with meat. So how do we get vegetarian chili? Simple. Remove the meat. That is definitely one vegetarian dish that the meat eaters can confidently try.
Makinze Gore of Delish has a lovely vegetarian chili recipe. She uses three different beans in her chili, which certain ups the fiber and nutrient content. Take a look.
Did you know that mushrooms provide several important nutrients, including selenium, potassium, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin D and more? Oh yes it does and it has become quite a popular player in vegetarian menus.
There are several types of edible mushrooms that can be sauteed, grilled, stir-fried and prepared in many other ways. There are numerous recipes that make use of this wonderful meat alternative.
Here is one such recipe from Fannetastic Food. She includes nutritional yeast to the recipe which adds a deliciously cheesy flavour to a vegan food.
You didn’t think I was going to forget tofu, did you?
Tofu can be prepared in numerous ways; fried, scrambled, grilled, barbecued, baked………….
The unprepared tofu is rather bland in taste but don’t be turned off by that. You see, this food is well-known for its ability to absorb all the flavors of the sauces and seasonings added to it. If you like curry……sweet and sour sauce…..honey ginger sauce…….. cheese sauce…..any of your favorite sauces, the tofu is just waiting to absorb the lovely flavors to delight you and your dinner guests.
Check out this simple tofu vegetable stir-fry. It is very easy to make and tastes great.
9. Nut Loaf
If you are not familiar with nut loaf, it is a baked vegetarian dish made from ground or chopped nuts, vegetables, and herbs. Although this dish is popular with vegetarians at Christmas time, you will probably want to eat it throughout the year.
You can use your choice of nut or combination of nuts. Popular ones found in nut loaves are walnut, pecans, almonds, cashew, hazel nuts but it is in no way limited to these.
WikiHow shows you how to make a basic nut loaf in 10 simple steps. Give it a try .
Because this is a basic loaf feel free to adjust the recipe to suit your preference.
We dare not leave out the delicious, hearty, wholesome vegetarian soups. They are oh so warming and filling. They are usually made from vegetables or legumes.
Some soups are just appetizers but some are much more than that.
This lentil soup is a complete meal that can be whipped up in a very short time.
There you have it.
There is such a wide variety of options for your vegetarian meals. And this is just 10 recipes out of hundreds.
So what do you think? Is vegetarian food boring?
Most certainly not.
You just go ahead and have fun trying out these recipes.
Tell us which recipes worked for you and share your suggestions in the comments section below.