Many people generally believe that food without meat is simply incomplete or not too flavorful. However, that’s far from the truth because plant-based meals are equally, or perhaps even more delicious and filling!
Whether you are a true vegetarian and have recently embarked on the journey of vegetarianism, or you are just trying to skip meat and eat more veggies, there are numerous vegetarian meal options that can satiate your hunger and fill you up.
We’ve rounded up 3 of the best and most delicious vegetarian meal ideas that you ought to try and increase your love for the colorful, amazing vegetables out there!
1. Penne Pasta with Veggies
One of the most popular pasta shapes in the world has to be penne, and it also feels great in the mouth.
A simple and quick, but absolutely yummy vegetarian meal idea is Penne Pasta with vegetables of your choice. Make it for lunch or dinner; it is a great recipe for both times.
The things you’ll need for this dish are:
⦁ Dry penne pasta
⦁ Seasonings like salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika
⦁ Olive oil
⦁ Vegetables like asparagus, kale, spinach, etc.
⦁ Grated parmesan cheese
⦁ Lemon (optional)
Simply boil the pasta until al dente and keep it on the side. In another pot, cook all the vegetables in some olive oil for a few minutes and throw in the boiled pasta. Toss the pasta and vegetables until well mixed, season according to your liking and top with some grated parmesan cheese.
Some people love a drizzle of lemon with whatever they eat, and if you are the same, squeeze half a lemon on your pasta and devour a bowl of wholesome, delicious vegetarian pasta.
2. Lentil Soup
Who doesn’t love a warm, comfortable, hearty bowl of lentil soup, right?
Have a few pieces of garlic bread on the side, and enjoy the yummy goodness of the lentil soup along with it.
The things you’ll need for this soup include:
⦁ Olive oil
⦁ Chopped onion
⦁ Chopped carrots
⦁ Minced garlic cloves
⦁ Black pepper
⦁ Chili flakes
⦁ Vegetable broth
⦁ Green lentils
⦁ Diced tomatoes
⦁ Curry powder
⦁ Ground cumin
⦁ Lemon juice
To make lentil soup, add all the chopped vegetables in a pot with olive oil and cook until softened. Add in the seasonings, chopped garlic and cook till fragrant. Throw in the diced tomatoes and cook for a few more minutes.
Add the vegetable broth, water, salt, and pepper flakes. Bring it to a boil and cook till the lentils become tender.
With the help of a hand blender, puree a portion of the smooth and then mix it with the remaining liquid. Cook for 5-10 more minutes, and at this point, you can add any greens of your choice if you like and season with salt and pepper.
In the end, squeeze a lemon on top and enjoy delicious, hot lentil soup.
3. Vegetarian Fried Rice
Got some leftover rice in your fridge from last night’s dinner? Whip up a quick, super healthy and scrumptious serving of vegetable fried rice!
The things you’ll need are:
⦁ Olive oil
⦁ Kale leaves
⦁ Soy sauce
⦁ Sriracha sauce
⦁ Garlic cloves
To make the rice, cook mushrooms in some olive until they change color and then set aside. Using the same pan, add your kale leaves, garlic, and rice and mix all together.
After a few minutes, gather all the rice on one side and cook the eggs on the empty side. Fold the eggs with the rice and mushroom, add some soy sauce, Sriracha sauce, salt, and pepper and give it a final toss before you dig in!
Give It a Go!
Vegetarian meals might not sound as tempting, but once you give them a shot, you’ll be able to see how amazingly delicious and filling they are!