Meatless food isn’t as awful as you think. Sure, you may have tried a vegetarian dish or two, but chances are the meal wasn’t prepared by someone who had culinary skills that knock your socks off. Although some of the ingredients often used in vegetarian cuisine can be seen as mundane substitutes at best, nothing could be further from the truth. With a little bit of creativity and culinary passion, vegetarian cuisine can be a source of both rich nutritional value and genuine enjoyment for the taste buds – so much so that even meat-eaters are likely to enjoy the colorful flavors and healthier, alternative ingredients of vegetarian recipes.
I’m assuming you want to be healthy, eh? Not that meat is god-awful for you, but the production of meat on the planet takes a toll on the environment- not to mention the animal population.
We all know about the classic vegetarian recipes, such as stuffed peppers or vegetarian lasagna. However, the following list is a little different. Whether you’re a dedicated vegetarian looking for new recipes or you’re just trying to temporarily cut back on meat, below are the 10 vegetarian dishes that you must try at least once. Taste the difference!
- Vegetable “Meat” Loaf
This is a clever twist on the classic meat loaf. Here, the meat is substituted by a mixture of roasted bell peppers, chopped mushrooms, onions and roasted walnuts. Interestingly enough, this dish tastes strangely similar to the actual meat loaf, despite being a completely vegetarian alternative. Definitely worth a try.
- Three-Bean Vegetarian Chili
As the name says, this is a creamy twist on the classic chili, rich in plant protein thanks to the three different varieties of beans.
- Grilled Portobello, Bell Pepper and Goat Cheese Sandwich
This recipe is based on the Portobello mushroom, the most famous vegetarian substitute for meat. Gourmets will appreciate the balsamic and garlic marinade topped off with basil and creamy goat cheese.
- Cheesy Corn on the Cob
This recipe is as simple as it gets – grill a few corn cobs and sprinkle them with parmesan cheese for the ultimate vegetarian snack.
- Eggplant Parmesan
This dish is not only extremely delicious, but also a lot healthier and lighter than the standard veal or chicken options. You can make it as a substitute of the regular lasagna, thus having a healthier meal without having to sacrifice the lasagna’s cheesy goodness.
- Feta Kebabs
Here is another perfect vegetarian snack. Includes bread, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes and lemon slices which are skewered and then grilled.
- Pasta with Chili Tomatoes and Spinach
A healthier, vegetarian version of the classic Bolognese-style sauce served with tagliatelle pasta.
- Black Bean and Cheese Enchiladas with Ranchero Sauce
The centerpiece of this hearty vegetarian dish is certainly the homemade ranchero sauce. Dried ancho chili peppers (also known as poblano peppers) form the basis of this sauce. They are moderately hot and provide a pleasant mixture of bitter and fruity flavors. Aside from the ranchero sauce, this is a rather simple, down-to-earth vegetarian recipe, so it should not be difficult to prepare, especially for those with an interest in Mexican cuisine.
- Creamy Lemon and Cabbage Pasta with Garlic Crumbs
One of the easiest vegetarian pasta recipes. It involves combining simple supplies that most of us already have in our cupboards.
- Rosewater and Raspberry Sponge Cake
No meal, vegetarian or regular, would be complete without a dessert. This is a floral twist on the classic sponge cake. Dried rose petals and raspberries result in a spectacular decoration.
If you need help making these recipes, simple do a Google search for the vegetarian recipe and you’ll have a lot to choose from. Pinterest is another great option for finding vegetarian recipes. Vegetarian, or green dishes, do not have to be bland and boring. Spice up your life by spicing up your meatless dishes and you’ll feel better all the way around.