Easy Vegetarian Recipes

I’m still celebrating Vegetarian Awareness Month! Today I thought I’d bring you some quick and easy recipes that make the transition to vegetarianism a lot easy (at least they did for me). There are TONS of easy vegetarian recipes out there and there are tons of complicated ones.

Here’s my trick: If you have a can of black beans, you can make almost any meal a vegetarian option.

Pumpkin OatmealBreakfast is an easy switch for many people. Just stop eating breakfast meats. If you’re a lacto-ovo-vegetarian, breakfast can be a go-to dinner, too! We eat a lot of eggs around here. There are some ok replacements for breakfast meats (Morning Star no-meat sausage, etc.) I used the no-meat sausage once in a green bean casserole recipe, and it was ok, but we never finished the pack. As a general rule, I try to avoid meat substitutes. I was into them for a while, but if you turn the package over and read what’s in them, you’ll find they’re just as processed as junk foods.

Go-to breakfasts around here include eggs, English muffins, cereal, fruit, oatmeal, hash browns (yum), smoothies, and more. Here are just a few breakfast recipes from my site:

The Green Monster Smoothie

Blueberry Greek Yogurt Banana Bread

Hash Brown Waffles

Apple Bread

Refried Bean Quesadillas

Lunches and dinners can be easier than you think, too. Like I mentioned before, substituting a can of drained and rinsed black beans for meats is on of the easiest ways to go. Of course, that doesn’t mean you just open the can and pour the beans on the grill. You can mash them up with a fork, add in a few spices and veggies (finely chopped onion and mushrooms), and make a black bean burger patty.

Sprinkle some on your quesadilla in place of chicken for a yummy Mexican-inspired meal. Along the same lines, you can drain and rinse a can of beans, add in a can of diced tomatoes (I like fire-roasted), throw in some taco seasoning, and let it reduce to a yummy taco filling. Here are some more recipes from STR:

Vegetarian Sloppy Joe’s

Egg & Bean Quesadillas (we lived on this for a long time)

Spinach Stuffed Shells

Vegetable Stew

Vegan Shepherd’s Pie

Mini Apple Hand PiesThere are lots of vegetarian snacks out there, too. Unless you’re eating a straight-up meat snack (beef jerky) than most treats are vegetarian. I’d read labels to make sure, though. There are a lot of tricky ingredients in snack foods that you may choose to avoid. Here are a couple of snacks I’ve made in the past:

Banana Soft Serve

Chunky Monkey Post-Workout Shake

Cinnamon Mini-Scones

Homemade Lara Bars

Mini Apple Hand Pies (drool)

Monkey Bars

These are just a few examples of the millions of tasty, simple vegetarian recipes that exist. These are ones I’ve tried and liked. Please feel free to share your favorite vegetarian or vegan recipes too!

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