These vegetarian recipes will wow your taste buds without hurting your wallet.
October 23, 2017
1 of 18Leigh Beisch
Meat-free, but flavor-packed
Looking for a way to save money? Meatless meals are less expensive, and plant-based diets may reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease. These 12 vegetarian recipes will wow your taste buds without hurting your wallet.
Ravioli With Tomatoes, White Beans, and Escarole
This recipe combines Mediterranean spices and white beans to get a protein-packed pasta.
Ingredients: Four-cheese ravioli, great Northern beans, diced tomatoes, basil, oregano, red pepper, fresh escarole or spinach, grated Asiago cheese
Take your favorite vegetarian ingredients on a vacation to the Southwest. Chili powder, salsa, and cilantro add flavor to hearty potatoes, beans, and corn. Plus you'll get 11 grams of protein and 9 grams of fiber.
Ingredients: Baking potatoes, chopped onion, garlic, cumin, chili powder, black beans, frozen corn, salsa, cheddar-jack cheese, cilantro
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6 of 18Antonis Achilleos
Orecchiette With Chickpeas and Broccoli Rabe
Ready in a little more than 20 minutes, this recipe is an excellent Friday night dinner option. Best served with a glass of Pinot, you'll enjoy a low-fat pasta dish that packs almost one-third of your DRI (dietary reference intake) of iron.
Ingredients: Extra-virgin olive oil, chickpeas, garlic, crushed red pepper, broccoli rabe, vegetable broth (substitute for chicken broth), orecchiette, Parmesan cheese
Tempeh, a soybean-based food, is an excellent source of protein (this dish contains 14 grams!). And because of its mild, slightly nutty taste, tempeh absorbs the flavors of the dish without overpowering it.
You’ll hardly miss the meat in this creamy vegetarian lasagna that sneaks powerhouse veggies like fiber-rich zucchini, spinach, and artichokes in with low-fat ricotta and noodles. Consider it the best (and healthiest!) way to enjoy comfort food on a meatless Monday.
Say bye to bland veggie burgers with these quinoa and chickpea patties that get their flavor from ingredients like cilantro, cumin, and metabolism-revving chile. Top the burger with avocado and slip it into a whole-wheat pita instead of a white hamburger bun for a balanced bite filled with healthy fats, good carbs, and plant-based protein.
Hosting a veggie-lover for dinner? Stuff poblano peppers with whole grains like barley instead of ground meat for a filling dish that’s also vegetarian-friendly. These peppers are filled with superfoods like kale and metabolism-revving chili powder, then topped with a dash of melted cheese for some filling fat.
Think beyond the scramble and add tofu to your sandwich! This Thai-inspired dish combines the soy protein with vitamin-rich veggies, satiating avocado, and a spicy sauce that gives the sammy some heat.
We swear this portobello mushroom burger is as meaty as the real thing. Top the simple grilled veggie with your favorite additions, then sandwich it all between a whole-wheat bun (or gluten-free lettuce wrap) for a low-calorie meal that doesn’t skimp on flavor.