Are you struggling to come up with fresh vegetarian meal ideas on a daily basis? If so, here are 8 simple options you can make without much fuss.
There are many proven long-term health benefits of a vegetarian diet.
However, it’s not always easy to come up with fresh vegetarian meal ideas every day. Do you keep going back to the same dishes?
You don’t have to be an experienced cook to rustle up a tasty vegetarian meal. Check out our simple vegetarian recipes to make without any fuss.
Are you hungry? The below meal ideas are going to wet your appetite even more!
1. Meat-Free Mexican Fajitas
These tasty meat-free Mexican fajitas are loaded with vegetables and beans. If you’re a rush, this recipe can be put together in under 20 minutes.
For your fajita mix, you need bell peppers, onion, and garlic. Fry the veggies in oil before adding the spice mix made up of chili powder, paprika, and cumin.
Once the fajita mix is ready, squeeze some lime juice on it. Now it’s time to add the black beans (you can also use any kidney beans instead).
Warm the tortillas in the microwave briefly. Then, place the fajita mix and beans in the middle of the table with a serving of guacamole and sour cream. Help yourself!
2. Spaghetti and Tomato Sauce
It may sound boring to some people. But, spaghetti and tomato is an outstanding classic dish.
You start by gently frying the garlic in a pan before tipping in a can of chopped tomatoes and add vegetable stock. Depending on your taste, you can add a teaspoon of sugar and tomato puree to add more flavor.
Allow the sauce to simmer while you cook the spaghetti. Then, at the final moment, stir through fresh basil leaves. Get eating!
3. Mediterranean Halloumi Salad
Studies have shown that the Mediterranean diet can prolong life.
This Mediterranean halloumi salad is a great healthy lunch on a summer’s day. You start with 2 oranges which are segmented and squeezed into a bowl.
Add mustard, honey and white wine vinegar, and olive oil. That’s your dressing finished.
Then, peel a couple of carrots and fry the slices of halloumi in a pan. Toss the ingredients together and enjoy.
4. Hearty Moroccan Soup
Every time you want a vegetarian meal, you shouldn’t have to prepare a dish from scratch. It’s always a good idea to prepare soups and store in the freezer until you’re ready to eat them.
Fry some onion and celery in a pan until soft. Add cumin before pouring in vegetable stock, a can of tomatoes and chickpeas. After around ten minutes on low heat, add your favorite beans and the juice of half a lemon.
Finish with a handful of chopped herbs, such as cilantro or parsley. If you want to dip, use a piece of flatbread to uphold the Moroccan vibe.
5. Veggie Friendly Club Sandwich
Why do meat eaters get all the fun when it comes to sandwiches?
This veggie club sandwich special is the kind of lunchtime snack that you’ll be thinking about all morning.
Start by toasting 3 slices of bread. Mix together a handful of watercress, carrot, lemon juice and a dash of olive oil.
Spread a layer of hummus over the slice of toast. Add the salad mixture to one side of the bread, while place sliced tomatoes on the other side.
Now you’ve constructed your club sandwich, press down carefully on the sandwich and cut down the middle. It’s time to get your chops around it!
6. Japanese Vegan Ramen
The ingredients for Japanese ramen may appear daunting. But, once you get in the right items, you’ll be ready to make ramen in an instant.
Add garlic, fresh ginger, miso and tahini, mushrooms, veggie stock, and soy together in a pan. Bring the mixture to the boil before allowing to simmer for until everything has softened. Add the Asian green vegetable pak choi to the green onions.
In another pan, fry off 2 cups of tofu cubes in corn flour. When golden brown, put to one side. Cook some noodles according to the packet instructions.
Put the noodles in small bowls followed by the soup and tofu pieces. This is a delicious lunch if you’re trying to shed pounds too.
7. Speedy Vegetable Curry
While this vegetable curry can be prepared in under 30 minutes, for optimal results leave it overnight to mature.
Add chopped onions and potatoes to a pan to cook on low heat. When the potatoes are softer, add eggplant and mushrooms.
When your vegetables are ready, it’s time to pour in vegetable stock, coconut milk and a couple of tablespoons of curry paste. Add an extra one if you like it spicy hot!
Stab the potatoes with a fork to check if they’re ready to eat. When everything is cooked, serve with rice and a handful of chopped cilantro.
8. Classic Spanish Omelet
Eggs are a vital source of protein for vegetarians. This Spanish omelet breakfast will keep you strong and healthy on a veggie diet.
Fry onion and garlic until soft and set to one side. Whisk together eggs and oregano in a bowl. Add salt and pepper according to preference.
By switching potatoes for potato chips you can significantly cut the time it takes to prepare your omelet. Stir in the potato chips into the egg mixture.
Toss the egg mixture into the pan and allow to cook. When the egg begins to cook, flip over eggs to the other side until it sets in the middle. Finally, slide onto a plate to serve.
Vegetarian Meal Ideas
Next time you’re struggling to come up with a fresh recipe for your lunch or dinner, remember our list of creative options.
There are many more vegetarian meal ideas which you didn’t actually realize you could safely eat. Check out our list of lunches you didn’t know were vegan here.