Vegetarian diet recipes are easy to come by and make sense in the way they operate. In a nutshell, these recipes exclude any animal products from the diet. This means you can eat any variety of beans, vegetables, fruits, seeds and nuts, and enjoy all the benefits and none of the side effects of eating red meat. Let’s examine some of the vegetarian recipes that you can use.
For these vegetarian diet recipes, black beans are a favorite. They’re small enough to be easily incorporated into the meals. The advantage of using black beans is that they cook quickly and stay moist until they’re ready to serve. They also provide a satisfyingly hearty flavor, are filling, and are protein-rich. To make a recipe for black beans, soak dry beans overnight in water to ensure they retain their moisture. They’re ready to use in a battle, to boil for a few minutes or to stew in water for an additional few minutes.
Another versatile ingredient is cheese, which is a no-brainer when it comes to vegetarian dishes. But there are plenty of ways to take your food to the next level with a little cheese. If you’re going for a spicy flavor, try a blended salsa with fresh chopped tomatoes, onions, cilantro, olives, and your choice of spices. If you want something with a more mellow flavor, try a blend of goat cheese and soy sauce, then heat it up and spread it over warm grains or vegetables. Serve with raw vegetables to absorb the flavors.
Fruits and Vegetables
Some of the healthiest vegetarian foods are those made with whole grains and vegetables, like baked beans or chickpeas, and baked sweet potatoes (also known as sweet potatoes). Even better, many vegetables taste great when cooked with a bit of salt, pepper, and lemon juice. If you don’t have time to make your own vegetable juice, consider purchasing a bottled version. The good news is that you can find full-fat coconut milk, which is very tasty and healthy, at your local store. Also, many bottled brands now offer soy or hemp milk, which is great for vegans and vegetarians.
Beans and Nuts
Beans and nuts are some of the most satisfying foods on the vegan or vegetarian diet. Not only do they provide protein, fiber, and a wide variety of vitamins, but they are also high in potassium, magnesium, and calcium, making them excellent for providing energy during the day. If you’re not a big fan of beans or nuts, make sure to snack on some cashews, walnuts, or other good nuts. If you like to have a snack before hitting the gym or after working out, popcorn is another great option. Be sure to use any un-boiled peanuts that you can find, and experiment with different seasonings to bring out the nuttiness of the popcorn.
It might surprise you to learn that a lot of vegetarians choose to eat meat. In fact, meat is one of the most popular vegetarian ingredients on the market today. If you’re thinking about starting a vegetarian diet, consider trying vegetarian versions of the meatiest cuts available: ribs, thigh, flank steak, chicken breast, turkey breast, chicken thighs, and turkey ham.
While they don’t contain meat, beans and legumes are some of the healthiest options you have for meals when you are following a vegetarian diet. For example, you can create hearty chili, create your favorite baked beans, boil them with pinto beans, and then use the sauce to dip the tacos (or any other dish you are preparing) into. Similarly, you can create creamy pasta sauces by using chickpeas, lentils, or other low-grain vegetables in your pasta recipes. Use your creativity to put together different kinds of creamy meals, such as a bean dip with walnuts, cheddar cheese, and mayonnaise, or a creamy parmesan sauce with basil pesto, parmesan cheese, and olive oil.