If you are short on time, but want to start incorporating more vegetables into your diet, it is good to have an arsenal of amazing and easy vegetarian recipes. I try to have at least 3 or so in my immediate memory, so that I can keep the ingredients on hand at all times. Also it's great to have some great vegetarian recipes in your repertoire so that if you are hungry you can put something together without too much thought.
Easy Vegetarian Recipes
I have to memorize new recipes from time to time, as some of the older ones I eventually get so sick of making I have to "let them go." (I think of these older recipes almost as lost friends that I used to enjoy spending time with… but I had to move on!)
3 Easy Vegetarian Recipes
The first is what I like to call the "Mega-Salad" because it is a large salad and also contains many power foods. This type of salad is extremely easy and fast to assemble.
Step 1: Wash and chop your "garden variety" lettuce and put it in a big bowl (I like to use Romaine Lettuce for the crunch, but it's up to you) It is a good idea to mix two types of raw greens. For example, I will often mix together raw spinach with another leafy green like Romaine.)
Step 2: Wash and chop a wide variety of vegetables. You should include at least 3 of the following vegetables: Broccoli, Carrots, Tomatoes, Zucchini, Mushrooms, Avocado. (Raw broccoli is probably the most important to include. It is one of the most nutritious foods you can possibly eat!)
Step 3: Pour the following over the vegetables: about 2 Tablespoons of Olive Oil, 2 Tablespoons of Tahini, the juice of one fresh lemon, and some finely chopped garlic. Mix these ingredients together with the vegetables with 2 big spoons.
Step 4: Sprinkle a good variety of seeds and nuts over the salad and mix the salad again. Good choices for this step are pumpkin seeds, sliced almonds, and/or walnuts. You can even get "crazy" and mix in dried fruit at this stage. Dried cherries are a surprisingly good choice for the Mega Salad.
Step 5: Finish your salad off with some salt and pepper, and you are good to go.
2. Red Lentil Soup for Two
Making red lentil soup is a very easy process, and it tastes like it took quite a bit more work.
Step 1: Chop 1 onion and 2 cloves of garlic.
Step 2: Sauté the onion and garlic in a few teaspoons of oil in a medium pot. Olive oil or coconut oil are the best choices.
Step 3: Measure 1 cup of red lentils and pour them into the pot. Let the lentils sauté for a moment.
Step 4: Measure 2 1/2 cups of water and pour it into the pot. Bring to a boil.
Step 5: Once your water is boiling, cover the pot and let the soup simmer for about 15 minutes.
Step 6: Season your soup with salt, pepper, red pepper and some fresh lemon.
*If you want to make this soup even better, top it off with about 1 cup of coconut milk for an even richer taste and presentation.
3. Penne Pasta with Pesto Sauce and Green Vegetables
Step 1: Boil some whole grain pasta. I suggest penne pasta for this particular recipe.
Step 2: Thinly slice two of the following three vegetables- zucchini, asparagus and green beans. Try to make the pieces roughly resemble the same length of the penne noodles.
Step 3: During the last 5 minutes of cooking the pasta, place your green vegetables into the pot and cook them with the pasta. This will "blanche" the vegetables so they are just slightly cooked.
Step 4: Drain the water from the pasta and vegetables and set your pasta/vegetable mix aside in a large bowl.
Step 5: Get out your blender for the fun part.
Step 6: Blend the following ingredients together: 2 cups fresh basil leaves, 2 cloves of raw garlic, 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil, 1/3 cup pine nuts, and salt and pepper.
Step 7: Mix your pesto sauce into the pasta and stir until pasta and vegetables are evenly covered.
Step 8: Enjoy this awesome combination. You can also sprinkle the final product with parmesan cheese for added flavor.
Do you have any other favorite easy vegetarian recipes to share?