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What are some easy to make Vegetarian meals?

Asked by aisyna (963points) August 3rd, 2008

I decided to be vegitarian for a month (its a bet) and was just wondering…..i have been eating a lot of salads.

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lefteh's avatar

My favorite vegetarian dish:
– Any kind of pasta (my favorite for this is orzo or ramen)
– Pesto
– Mozzarella cheese (melted on the hot pasta, of course)

Simple, quick, cheap, and delicious.

jlm11f's avatar

Mmmm spaghetti all the way. boil water, add spaghetti, + salt, add pasta sauce (from jar, or make your own if you have the time)...pure bliss!

As an alternative to pasta stuff, you can also make stuff with rice, such as steamed rice with mixed vegetables + soy sauce.

Also, try making a lot of Indian food, since most of it’s vegetarian (many dishes are also vegan).

La_chica_gomela's avatar

quiches and stir frys

zina's avatar

Make sure to get complete proteins – not necessarily every meal, but often enough for your body. Beans/rice/corn or grain, quinoa, soy, banana/peanut, eggs (if you’re eating them), etc are some examples. (Articles like this: are helpful)

Check out the many related questions already asked of Fluther—search “vegetarian” and “recipe”—there are MANY more!

sofia's avatar

Tortilla pizzas! Ridiculously easy and delicious. Here’s what you do:

1) Set your oven to broil and let it warm up a bit.
2) Broil a tortilla close to the top of the oven until it starts to brown, then turn over and do the same on the other side (takes about 30 seconds or so depending on how hot your broilers are).
3) Remove from oven and add toppings. I like to use pesto as the sauce, some cheese (the Mexican mix is nice) and tomatos.
4) Pop back in the oven for 1 to 2 minutes, until the edge of the tortilla are brown and crisp and the cheese is bubbly.
5) Enjoy!

For heavier toppings you can use a pita instead.

AstroChuck's avatar

I’ve been a vegetarian for 18+ years now. Most people erroneously worry about iron and protein deficiencies. As long as you are not just eating crap all the time that’s really not a concern. The one thing you might want to take supplements for is zinc. Many green vegetables and dairy products will provide iron. Legumes, peanut butter, as well as dairy provide plenty of protein. And although you can get zinc from cabbage and many cereals, it’s often difficult to get the proper daily allowance without supplements.

jlm11f's avatar

@sofia – that’s a cool new idea (at least i haven’t heard of it). thanks for sharing :)

marinelife's avatar

Quesadillas. Fill with cheese and strips of green chile or tomatillo. Make a salad with avocado. Top with salsa and sour cream.

I make a great squash casserole that can be a main dish.

Summer Squash Casserole
Peel and slice 2–4 (depending on size) yellow crookneck squash.
Boil about 10 mins. until just tender.
Drain and then mash the squash in the strainer to squeeze all the water out.
Set aside.
Dice 1/2 a medium onion and about 1/4 large red bell pepper.
Saute onion and bell pepper until tender (about 5 min.) on medium heat.
Crumb one slice of bread finely in blender or food processor.
Grate 1 c. cheddar cheese
Beat 1 egg with 1/2 c. milk
Butter a 1 quart casserole dish. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Layer the bottom of the casserole with the squash, onion and pepper mixture stirred together. Salt and pepper to taste. Stir the bread crumbs into the egg and milk mixture. Pour over the vegetables. Top with the grated cheese.

Bake for 30–40 min. until casserole is set. Cool 10 mins. and serve.

Make an Italian minestrone soup with cannelini beans, garlic, zucchini, kale or spinach, onion, canned tomatoes, macaroni and vegetable stock. Season with oregano. Just before serving top with grated parmesan cheese.

PupnTaco's avatar

Go to the bookstore or library and pick up “Moosewood Restaurant Cooks at Home.” Tasty vegetarian meals, 20 minutes or less.

nikipedia's avatar

Have been on a lentil kick recently, so here are two simple and delicious lentil recipes:

1. Mujadarrah

Rinse a cup or so of lentils and start them boiling in 3 or so cups of water. (You’re going for a 3:1 ratio here). Bring to a boil and then cover and simmer. While they’re going at it, dice and sautee 2 or 3 yellow onions in your preferred oil (olive, peanut, vegetable, whatever).

When your lentils have been simmering for about 15 minutes, throw in your onions with 1 cup of rice. Simmer for another 20 minutes.

And that’s it!

2. Amazing Lentil Soup for People Who Are Stupid in the Kitchen

Cut up 4 green onions, 3 peeled carrots, and 1 peeled potato (or a couple of smaller ones!). Sautee in a couple tablespoons of your preferred oil for 4 or 5 minutes. Toss in a few tablespoons of tomato paste and mild curry paste. Add 2.5 cups of vegetable broth, 2.5 cups of water, and 1 cup of lentils. (All proportions are negotiable—I ended up using the entire jar of tomato paste and the whole carton of veggie stock as I see no other impending use for either.)

Bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer, cover, and let it hang out for 15 minutes or until everything is tender and delicious.


cooksalot's avatar

It’s amazing what you can make that all you have to do is leave out the meat. Or perhaps substitute with a soy product. I like to make Chili, Goulash, Stir fry, Jambalaya, My favorite is mushroom sandwich, yum. Then there is Red Beans and Rice, Gumbo, Fried Rice, and a whole slew of other things. Just think of what you eat normally and just find things to replace the meat. About the only thing that won’t work for is steaks, roasts, and chops. You know what I mean. I won’t have time to update my blog till tomorrow night but I’ll let you know and you can try some of what I post.

gailcalled's avatar

Now with fresh produce in abundance, gazpacho with whole wheat baguette and a feta or other soft cheese you like (or hummus for a spread.)

Trance24's avatar

I love making pasta, veggie burgers, vegie soup with beans and lots of big noodles, yummy omelet sandwiches, a good salad with lots of variety.

AstroChuck's avatar

Portobello mushroom caps are perfect for the grill. Just brush a little olive oil and garlic on them. I also pour a litte balsamic vinegar in the “gills” of the mushroom.
Melt a little feta or gorgonzola crumbles on the top and place in a wheat bun with a big red tomato and burmuda onion slices. mmmmmmmmmm.
It’s really simple. If I don’t feel like firing up the BBQ then I just plug in my little electric grill.

cooksalot's avatar

I put up some recipes but I still have a ton to import from my old HD to my new one so I can post more. Just check out the blog

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