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Favorite Vegetarian Meals from a Lifelong Vegetarian

I haven't talked about it much on here, but I'm a vegetarian.  Have been my whole life.  My parents grew up vegetarian, and so did I, and I've never felt the need to venture away from it.

A few weeks ago, the lovely Erica wrote about eating a more vegetarian-friendly lifestyle, and I offered to send her over some more tried-and-true veggie recipes.  She said "yeah or post them on your blog."  And here we are.

I bring you my top 10 favorite* vegetarian meals.

*With easily accessible online recipes.  Rome wasn't built in a day, you know.

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  1. Homemade pizza: This is my favorite crust.  We usually do some mix of fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, caramelized onions, basil, and whatever other veggies we have around.  I also love caramelized fennel and I imagine we'll be doing some more roasted veggies now that we're getting into that season.
  2. Build-Your-Own TexMexican: We'll usually do some sort of huevos (good gracious, we love this "recipe") or tacos or Cafe Rio-type salad (this creamy tomatillo dressing with homemade buttermilk dressing is great) at least once a week.  The huevos are a snap to pull together, we always have the ingredients on hand, and it's way more than the sum of its parts.  We eat them with fresh pico and guac.  For a quick meal, we'll do Latin store-bought corn tortillas, but if we have more time, I'll make homemade wheat tortillas.
  3. Parmesan and Root Vegetable Lasagna: A little more work, but the ultimate in fall comfort food.
  4. Chickpea Pasta: We love adding chickpeas to our pasta to bulk it up and make it more filling.  We usually use whole-wheat penne.
  5. Chana Masala: Are you getting the idea that we love Smitten?  This flavors of this are spot on, and it comes together in about 30-40 minutes.  We break with Indian tradition and eat it with brown rice.  I've also done it with kidney beans with good results.
  6. Corn Chowder: Just seems right for fall.
  7. Portobello and Black Bean Enchiladas with Roasted Poblano Sauce: Again, a little more work, but good heavens these are tasty.  The salsa I could practically drink from a cup.
  8. Red Coconut Curry Noodles: Delish.
  9. Artichoke Stuffed Shells: Perfect for a nicer meal at home.
  10. Crepes: This is the most authentic batter recipe I've found.  Fill with any combo of cheese and veggies and sauce.  And Nutella.  Always Nutella.

4 comments

  1. Thanks for posting Veg recipes!! I'm always trying to find more! This is a personal question that you don't have to answer, but do you plan on raising your children as strict vegetarians? Everyone asks my husband and I and we don't know what to tell them. I guess we just aren't sure about how easy it is to find kid-friendly vegetarian options out there. BTW, I think you're amazing for being so health conscious with your children- It's gotta be hard in these days of chicken nuggets and boxed mac-n-cheese.

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  2. My sister is vegetarian so we ate a lot of vegetarian-style meals growing up and I still cook a lot of meatless meals. I've pinned a couple of new recipes, can't wait to try them out!

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  3. i LOVE smitten. i want, no need!, her cookbook. thanks for posting these!

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  4. This is awesome.

    I'm curious about your husband - is he a vegetarian too?

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