So you decided to go meat-free! Good for you. It is a choice that, if done conscientiously, will benefit the planet, your health, and your wallet.
It’s never easy for newbie vegetarians to make the switch at first – they might find that their homemade food lacks texture and flavor. It doesn’t have to be this way! Finding staple recipes that ease you into vegetarianism without missing out on the texture, flavor, or nutrition, is key to sticking with it in the long term.
Here are 3 delicious, must-try recipes for newbie vegetarians.
1. Three-Bean Chili
Beans are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and protein. They also really “stick to your ribs” to make you feel full and satisfied after your meal. This recipe is only mildly spicy, but you can choose to add your favorite hot sauce if you want to spice it up.
Ingredients (serves 4-6):
2. BBQ Portobello Mushroom Burgers
One of the most common foods that newbie vegetarians miss is hamburgers. Portobello mushrooms are about the size of a hamburger patty, and they have a texture that is consistent and slightly bouncy like meat. It can be seasoned as such, but at the same time it’s refreshing and light—unlike anything you have ever tried before.
Ingredients for Burgers:
For the BBQ sauce, mix the ingredients in a bowl until it reached your desired consistency. If you would like it to be thicker, you can put all of the ingredients in a small saucepan, stir, and simmer for 5-10 minutes.
Heat up the grill or a grilling pan. Rub olive oil on the Portobello mushrooms, and sprinkle salt and pepper on them to taste. Once the grill is hot, place the Portobello mushrooms on it and grill for about 5 minutes each side, or until the mushroom reaches your desired consistency.
You can also cover the mushrooms with aluminum foil as you grill them to heat them more thoroughly.
Slather the BBQ sauce on the buns, then put on the Portobello mushroom with all of the fixin’s.
3. Creamy Potato and Leek Soup
This hearty soup is perfect for cold weather. Pair it with a slice of pita and you have a perfect fall meal.
Heat up the oil and add onions and garlic until transparent. Add potatoes, and leeks until covered with oil. Add the vegetable stock and spices and bring to a boil. Let simmer on low for about 20 minutes until the potatoes are very soft.
With an immersion blender, blend the soup until it reaches your desired consistency. Add the white wine and let simmer for another 10 minutes. Serve and top with chives.
Do you know someone who has just gone vegetarian? Share these recipes with them to make their shift to a plant-based diet easier and yummier!
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