The Part-Time Vegetarian
You won't miss the meat with these vegetarian recipes and meal ideas.
2. Frozen (non-meat) pizza. Check the ingredient label to
find out for sure, but some brands are definitely suitable for lacto
vegetarians. Check out these fun flavors:
- Amy's Pizza Pesto (1/3 Pizza, 128 grams, contains 310 calories, 12 g fat,
12 g protein, 2 g fiber)
- Freschetta Brick Oven Roasted Portabella, Mushroom and Spinach (142 gram
serving contains 280 calories, 10 g fat, 12 g protein, 2 g fiber)
- Whole Foods 365 Roasted Vegetable & Goat Cheese (142 gram serving
contains 270 calories, 7 g fat, 12 g protein, 3 g fiber)
3. Frozen cheese-filled tortellini and ravioli. In the
fresh and frozen pasta sections of your supermarket, you'll provably find at
least three brands of meatless tortellini and raviolis. Just pop them in your
freezer and when the mood hits, you're about 20 minutes away from tender
tortellini (including the time it takes to boil the water)! Add a meatless
sauce (marinara, a drizzle of olive oil, pesto, or a vegetarian white sauce)
and some vegetables, you're good to go.
More Meatless Dishes
Here are seven more meatless dishes to appeal even to the chronically
- Bean there, done that! Beans make great meat replacements, probably because
they're super-satisfying with high amounts of protein and fiber. You might not
notice the meat's missing when you dine on chili bursting with beans. A bean
burrito makes a fine meal, and vegetable stew can be quite filling when you add
- Veggie pot pie, featuring potatoes, peas, mushrooms and any other
vegetables with a vegetarian gravy and a vegetarian pie crust (if
- Mexican dishes featuring beans and veggies instead of beef and chicken:
burritos, nachos, enchiladas, etc.
- Stir-fry up some Chinese entrées with veggies and tofu, and serve atop rice
- Stuff bell peppers with a mixture of rice with spices and vegetables. Add
vegetarian sausage, tofu, or beans to make the dish more satisfying.
- Layer your lasagna with veggies, not meat. Lasagna has so much going for it
(sauce, cheese, noodles, spices, etc.) that you won't miss the meat. You can do
the same with other pasta dishes, too. Macaroni & cheese doesn't need
meat to pass muster. Neither does fettuccine Alfredo, nor cheese tortellini
with pesto or marinara sauce.
- Substitute hearty vegetables that have substantial texture and a rich,
satisfying flavor (like eggplant, spinach, portabella mushrooms, zucchini) for
the meat in your favorite dishes. Thick slices of broiled eggplant can replace
chicken in eggplant parmesan, and spinach can stand in for ground beef in
lasagna. Tofu can take the place of beef in chili. A grilled portabella
mushroom served on a bun can even take the place of a burger.