Simple,Vegetarian Dinner Ideas

Who has a husband who loves to eat meat?!?! Mine does and he’s a hunter, so we always have a cache of meat at home available from his hunts. However, sometimes I just want a lighter meal with different textures and flavors. So this week I said “No to the meats”(que Arby’s slogan) and just focused on all vegetarian dinners.

Here are a couple of recipes I tried and I have one left that I’d like to try this week:

Zucchini Lasagna/Ravioli

I found the recipe here. It was very easy to make and you don’t have to get as fancy as they did. The only part I struggled with was getting the zucchini cut into thin strips! Our peeler was not wide enough to slip over the width of the zucchini! What I ended up doing was using a sharp knife to slice the strips very thin.

Taste wise, all the flavors went really well together and I got the husband stamp of approval.

The Buddha Bowl

I have seen these pop up on my instagram recently and I thought ‘those look delicious!’ I dared a little with this one and made a few additions (that aren’t in the recipe) and it was absolutely delicious. I have to say – don’t plate your food like this – layering makes it taste so much better. I found the recipe here. I also bought quinoa boil-in-a-bag (I did not know this existed!) to cut time to make the dish and it was a success!

Roasted Veggie Pitas

We keep pita breads on stock for last minute pizza dinners but I’ve been getting bored with them lately and was looking for a different use. Obviously, Gyros are the first thing that came to mind but I’m avoiding meat this week. As I was floating through Pinterest, I stumbled upon this bad boy of a recipe here! This was absolutely excellent and it made two large sandwiches (one I had for the lunch on day two and it was still good). I really enjoyed this one! I did mix it up and added in some extra seasonings for the chickpeas that I already knew I liked: dill weed, garlic powder, and onion powder. I also used FAGE plain yogurt instead of sour cream!

Homemade Ramen Bowl 

This is my next recipe in line for this week. I actually got the idea to try a recipe like this because our local grocery store, Wegmans, started making plain ramen noodles and I have been dying to try them! It looks so delicious and I am a sucker for a salty soup. Here’s the recipe I’ll be making.

Please feel free to share your favorite veggie dishes below!



Tackling Tofu

So I am getting married in June and I’ve been really trying to choose healthier options at every meal. I’ve found that trying new things has really helped keep me going and I’ve tried to branch out and try more vegetarian options. One food in particular that I have been curious about but have never tried to make at home has been tofu. I also have wanted to try it since I work at WIC and we give out tofu as a substitute option for milk so I should know some ways to cook it.

The jury is still out whether I feel confident about with cooking with tofu. I personally feel like I might benefit from taking a cooking class with it. That being said for just googling recipes they haven’t been all that bad but not something I would keep in rotation yet. One thing I did learn is that tofu is very bland and takes more seasoning than normal to make taste good in comparison to cooking meats. You will definitely want to pick out spices and flavors with a punch of flavor.

What I made:

Baked TofuScreen Shot 2018-04-27 at 12.33.43 PMI love tofu in salad I get at a local restaurant. I wanted to recreate this so I found a recipe through another dietitian Sharon Palmer that I follow on Instagram. Her website is sharonpalmer.com. She has tons of good stuff on there. The tofu came out baked and edible but it didn’t have the pop up flavor or the crunch I loved from the local restaurant.


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Tofu Scramble. This is how I typically recommend to try to use tofu at work for as a substitute for eggs. I just googled tofu scramble and I found a blog called the Minimalist Baker. It’s a very cute blog with recipes and beautiful pictures. I used the Southwest Tofu Scramble recipe. It was good and hearty but I still prefer the taste of eggs.

 

What would I still like to try to make? A Chipotle sofrita copycat recipe. I found one on a blog called a Pinch of Yum that I may be trying soon.

Please share any easy ideas to use tofu and recipes you love below!