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Best-Tasting Vegetarian Foods

17 tasty products that fit into a vegetarian diet, plus 4 vegetarian recipes that use them.

Vegetarian Recipes Made Easy

These four vegetarian recipes are a snap to make because they make use of the products listed above.

Meatless Meatball Marinara Sandwich

Ingredients:

Trader Joe’s Meatless Meatballs (or similar product)

2/3 cup bottled pizza or marinara sauce

1 whole-grain sandwich roll

Canola cooking spray

2 ounces reduced-fat cheese, soy cheese, or other cheese of your choice

Optional: Sauteed green bell pepper strips or caramelized onions (In a nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat, saute 1 cup thinly sliced green pepper or thinly sliced onion in 1 teaspoon canola or olive oil or canola cooking spray until tender).

Preparation:

  1. Place frozen meatballs in a microwave-safe container; heat on HIGH for about one minute. Cover meatballs with the pizza sauce, cover the container and continue to heat in microwave for 30 seconds more.
  2. Meanwhile, toast sandwich roll halves in the toaster or toaster oven or grill in a nonstick frying pan (after spraying the cut sides of the rolls with canola cooking spray) until nicely brown.
  3. Lay half the meatball marinara mixture on top of each bottom roll half, then sprinkle half the cheese over each meatball mixture. Add sauteed green pepper or onions, if desired. Cover with the top side of the roll and enjoy. 

Yield: 2 sandwiches

WebMD Weight Loss Clinic members: Journal as 1 veggie burger sandwich + 2 ounces low-fat cheese OR 1 portion regular frozen dinner OR 1 vegetarian patty with sauce + 2 slices of whole grain bread.

Nutrition Information: Per serving: 379 calories, 28 g protein, 38 g carbohydrate, 13 g fat, 4.4 g saturated fat, 20 mg cholesterol, 7.5 g fiber, 1229 mg sodium. Calories from fat: 30%.

 

Vegetarian Cheeseburger Pie 

This is the lacto-ovo vegetarian rendition of the popular recipe from Bisquick. If you like, use soy-based cheese instead of the reduced- fat cheddar.

Ingredients:

2 to 2 1/2 cups Morningstar Farms Meat Starters (or similar vegetarian soy substitute for ground beef), partially thawed

3/4 cup chopped green onion

1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper or ground white pepper

1 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled

1 1/2 cups 1% low-fat milk or fat-free half-and-half

3/4 cups Bisquick reduced-fat baking mix

1 large egg (use a higher omega-3 brand, if available)

1/2 cup egg substitute

2 ripe tomatoes, thinly sliced

1 cup (4 ounces) reduced-fat sharp cheddar cheese, grated

Preparation:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Coat a 9-inch deep-dish pie plate with canola cooking spray.
  2. In medium bowl, toss together the meat starters, green onion, pepper and oregano; spread mixture in the prepared pie plate.
  3. In large mixing bowl, beat the milk or fat-free half-and-half, reduced-fat Bisquick, egg, and egg substitute with mixer on high speed until smooth (about 1 minute). Pour batter over the Meat Starters mixture and bake for 25 minutes.
  4. Top the pie with tomato slices, sprinkle the cheese evenly over the top, and bake about 5 minutes more (a knife inserted in the center should come out reasonably clean.)             

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