I know, I know, there are MANY vegan and vegetarian men out there.
However, masculinity is often associated with meat-eating and there are many men who feel that being a vegetarian or vegan is “unmanly”. I know my BF certainly feels that way sometimes.
Since I am definitely the chef in the relationship, I occasionally find myself stumped when it comes to preparing meals that will satisfy the BF (who is a meat and potatoes kinda guy) in both taste and satiety.
So after doing some “test work” in the kitchen and some research on the net, I’ve pulled together a list of Healthy Vegan and Vegetarian Recipes that will (hopefully) impress the “meat and potatoes” man/men in your life!
1. MEXICAN Food!
I’ve found that there are A LOT of vegetarian Mexican options that are both satisfying AND filling.
Nachos – You’ll need: Baked tortillas chips, 1 cup of grated cheese, and salsa Toppings can include: green onions (scallions), tomatoes, shredded lettuce, guacamole (or just avocados), olives, jalapenos, beans, sour cream (or greek yogurt). Spread nachos on a plate (or a cookie sheet). Grate cheese over top and add any of the toppings that you would like heated Microwave for about 30 seconds or bake in a 350F oven for 10 minutes until (or until cheese is melted). Add the rest of the toppings and serve with the salsa/sour cream (greek yogurt) on the very top!
Burritos – You’ll need: whole wheat tortillas, black beans (or pinto beans), salsa, guacamole, leftover rice, grated cheese, shredded lettuce, veggies (bell peppers, hot peppers broccoli, onions, tomatoes) In a skillet, combine rice and beans till just hot. Put rice and bean mixture on a tortilla and top with toppings of choice! Wrap up the burrito and serve! (Make this meal vegan by omitting the cheese.)
2. Pasta I think pasta is one of my favorite dishes. To make a healthier pasta, whole wheat is an obvious choice. BUT I really don’t like the taste of whole wheat pasta (and neither does my boyfriend). Enter BROWN RICE Pasta. I find it to taste much better than whole wheat and more similar to white pasta. My favorite brand is Tinkyada.
Very Veggie Pasta – this is my go-to for pasta dishes. It’s simple, healthy, chock-full of veggies but also a very hearty meal.
Vegetarian Lasagna or Baked Pasta – another favorite of mine. Very similar to the very veggie pasta. You simply layer pasta, sauce, veggies and cheese and bake in the oven until melty and delicious.
And of course you can always make these meals vegan by omitting the cheese.
This is a fun meal to make together. And you can make it healthy too!
Buy a pre-made whole wheat pizza crust or make your own (I like using this mix).
Set out your ingredients such as: (shredded cheese, tomato sauce, mushrooms, olives, peppers, onions, tomatoes, pineapples, broccoli, artichoke hearts, sundried tomatos, eggplant, garlic, zucchini, spinach)
Directions: Preheat oven to 425F. Place dough on a greased pizza pan. Using wet hands, spread out dough to cover the full pizza pan. Bake without toppings for 7-9 minutes. Remove from oven, cover with sauce and toppings. Bake for 15-18 minutes.
Have a pizza party!
And once again you can always make this vegan by omitting the cheese.
Similar to the baked pasta dishes, casseroles (also called a “bake”) are simply just that, a baked dish filled with lots of ingredients. Just like the dishes above, you can add a ton of ingredients and flavors to make a hearty and filling dish.
I haven’t made too many casserole myself, but one of my favorite casserole style dishes is Kugel. Especially the one my Baba (grandmother) makes.
I’ve adapted a healthier version of her recipe, which can be found HERE.
And here are some yummy casserole recipes from around the blogsphere: