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4 Easy Vegetarian Meals

March 3, 2020

easy vegetarian meal

If you are a vegetarian, sometimes you probably feel like you eat the same things over and over.  It can be easy to stick with the few safe meals you know rather than take the time to branch out. However, whether you are vegetarian as a lifestyle or for a short-term vegetarian meal plan, you will soon get bored of the same salad every night.  Here are four easy vegetarian meals you can try.

1. Tomato, Basil, and Corn Pizza

Pizza may not be the first thing you think of in a diet plan, but it is super easy to make vegetarian.  Here is an easy recipe for pizza from Cooking Light you can make at home from scratch.  You will need

  •         1 lb refrigerated fresh pizza dough
  •         1 tablespoon plain yellow cornmeal
  •         ½ cup marinara sauce
  •         1 large tomato, thinly sliced
  •         2/3 cup fresh corn kernels (from 2 ears)
  •         3 ½ ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, torn (about 1 cup)
  •         2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  •         ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  •         ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  •         ¼ cup loosely packed basil leaves, torn
  •         ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  •         1 teaspoon olive oil
  •         1 tablespoon balsamic glaze

Follow the link for specific instructions.  This recipe makes about 6 slices of pizza.

2. Spaghetti Squash Burrito Bowls

This delicious twist on a favorite meal isn’t just great for a vegetarian meal plan; it’s also vegan and gluten-free.  To make the burrito bowls, you will need

  •         2 medium spaghetti squash (about 2 lbs each), halved and seeds removed
  •         2 tbsp olive oil
  •         Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  •         2 cups purple cabbage, thinly sliced and roughly chopped into 2-inch long pieces
  •         1 can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  •         1 red bell pepper, chopped
  •         ⅓ cup chopped green onions, both green and white parts
  •         ⅓ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  •         2 to 3 tbsp fresh lime juice, to taste
  •         1 teaspoon olive oil
  •         ¼ teaspoon salt
  •         ¾ cup mild salsa verde
  •         1 ripe avocado, diced
  •         ⅓ cup fresh cilantro
  •         1 tbsp fresh lime juice
  •         1 medium garlic clove, roughly chopped

Follow the link to Cookie and Katie for the full recipe.

3. Veggie Stuffed Shells

Stuffed shells are usually filled with meat, stuffing, or cheese.  In this healthier version, the noodles are stuffed with spinach and low fat cottage cheese.  To make this high protein vegetarian meal, you will need

  •         1 box jumbo pasta shells
  •         2 tsp olive oil
  •          1 small onion
  •         1 cup shredded carrots
  •          ½ bunch broccoli
  •         1 clove garlic
  •         1 box frozen leaf spinach
  •         ¼ cup chopped fresh basil
  •         1 cup low-fat small curd cottage cheese (2%) or part-skim ricotta
  •         2 tbsp grated Parmesan
  •         ¼ tsp each salt and pepper
  •         1 ½ cup marinara sauce
  •         ½ cup shredded part-skim mozzarella

Go to Women’s Day for step-by-step directions.

4. Halloumi and Pineapple Burger

Looking for high protein vegetarian meals?  Did you use to eat meat and miss it? This is the recipe for you.  Cheese and fruit make a delicious imitation barbeque in this dinner from BBC Good Food.  The ingredients you will need are

  •         ½ red cabbage, grated
  •         2 carrots, grated
  •         100g radishes, sliced
  •         1 small pack coriander, chopped
  •         2 limes, juiced
  •         1 tbsp cold-pressed rapeseed oil
  •         big pinch of chili flakes
  •         1 tbsp chipotle paste
  •         60g halloumi, cut into 4 slices
  •         2 small slices of fresh pineapple
  •         2 small seeded burger buns, cut in half

Looking for a Vegetarian Meal Plan?

Maybe you’re not a cook but still want easy vegetarian meals.  Z.E.N. Foods can deliver delicious vegetarian meals right to your door every day.  Try them today!

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