Vegetarian and vegan dishes are supposed to be good for us.
Once, long ago, I lived a vegetarian lifestyle. I got to like vegetarian and vegan dishes. I got to like fruit and vegetables that I’d never heard of, let alone eaten before. That lifestyle ended when the vegetarian girl I was trying to impress dumped me.
These days I will prepare and eat vegetarian and vegan dishes, but I do not live a vegetarian or vegan life any more ~ I like steak far too much for that.
However, all of these dishes are either vegetarian or vegan, and they all look very cool and delicious. So why not eschew meat every once in a while?
Firstly this week, from Tieghan Gerard at Half Baked Harvest we have this vegetarian skillet lasagna. Now this recipe does use cheese, however you could substitute the mozzarella, provolone, and parmesan with a vegan cheese. There is a cool video attached to Tieghan’s post.
Simple Vegetarian Skillet Lasagna
From San Diego girl Averie Sunshine at Averie Cooks we have this very cool roasted curried cauliflower and chickpea salad. This is a vegetarian dish or vegan if you don’t use the Greek yogurt in the dressing. This dish should be ready in 45 minutes, and it would make a great lunch or light dinner ~ especially if you make enough to take a portion to work the following day
Roasted Curried Cauliflower and Chickpea Salad
Another spicy dish, this time from Tiffany at Creme de la Crumb; kung pao noodles. As it goes one could eat this noodle dish by itself, or as a side dish, or one could add another ingredient say carrots julienne to make a great vegetarian dinner. (or for those of us who aren’t totally vegetarian or vegan, we could add shrimp / chicken / beef…)
Kung Pao Noodles
Another vegetarian noodle dish, this time from Andrea at Cooking with a Wallflower; shiitake mushroom garlic parmesan noodles. This delicious dish will only take you 20 minutes to prepare, and if you want to make it vegan you can swap vegan cheese for the parmesan.
Shiitake Mushroom Garlic Parmesan Noodles
I am not a fan of tofu, but if you want to be vegetarian or vegan I can almost guarantee that you will have to eat this soya bean curd. At least the lovely Amanda at Chez le Rêve Français has a nice recipe to make the tofu taste good. Her sesame garlic tofu looks pretty appetising. For tofu that is.
Sesame Garlic Tofu
I love recipe collections, and this is a great post from Cookie + kate who always have vegetarian recipes on their blog. So from 17 healthy vegetarian soup recipes, I’d like to feature something that isn’t a soup; homemade vegetarian chili, which is vegan and gluten-free if you follow the recipe quite strictly.
Homemade Vegetarian Chili
Another recipe collection, this time from Good Housekeeping, 37 hearty vegetarian recipes for the whole family. From this list I’m featuring creamy vegan linguine with wild mushrooms ~ the secret ingredient in this recipe, to make it creamy, is nutritional yeast. You should be able to make this dish in less than 25 minutes.
Creamy Vegan Linguine with Wild Mushrooms
A very big thank you to all the great cooks featured this week.