As a dietitian you are often asked what you eat. I eat mainly vegetarian for a variety of reasons; partially for the animal’s sake, partially to lower my risk for heart disease, but mostly because I just don’t like the taste and texture of meat. If I loved meat the way I love bread or black bean tacos, I would no doubt eat it. I don’t believe in restricting yourself from food that you love. For that reason I would never recommend that someone who loves steak be a vegetarian. I would, however, recommend that you try to incorporate more mealtess meals into your diet. Vegetarian meals are often times cheaper, healthier, and can still provide plenty of protein. Here are 10 great meatless meals from some of my favorite dietitian bloggers!
Most Mexican food is super easy to vegify, even at a restaurant. You can always sub beans for meat. One Mexican delicacy that you can’t often find a veggie version of is taquitos. That is why I was so excited when I came across Elizabeth’s recipe for Baked Black Bean and Sweet Potato Taquitos. These are the answer to my vegetarian prayers.
The main dish salad can always make for a great vegetarian meal. I especially enjoy this Beet and Kale Salad from Be Truly Nourished. If you want a salad with more grains try this Farmers Market Pasta Salad from Sharon Palmer.
There is no way you can have a list of best vegetarian meals without including some quinoa dishes! Quinoa is the ultimate high protein grain (but technically a seed) food. Try Quinoa Gratin from Eating With a Purpose, or Ancient Grains and Greens from Christa Mantey.
If all else fails, you know that some combination of bread and cheese will always have your back. Caramelized onion and roasted garlic flat bread from Mom to Mom Nutrition.
What are your favorite meatless meals?