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January 22, 2014

5 Meatless Meals


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Looking for a way to incorporate some healthy, meatless meals into your family’s roster? If so, consider trying one of these recipes for dinner tonight. They’re all incredibly healthy and big on flavor. And if you’re worried that healthy eating is going to break your bank, take heart: TIME magazine recently reported that it costs only $1.50 more per person per day to adhere to a healthy diet. Without further ado, then, here are five vegetarian recipes you absolutely have to try!

1.)    Vegetarian Hummus Wraps

If you’re crunched on time, these veggie wraps are the perfect way to go. They’re ready in less than 10 minutes, but that doesn’t mean they sacrifice flavor! To make 1 wrap, spread 3 tablespoons of hummus over a flour tortilla. Top it with ¼ cup shredded carrots, ½ cup spinach, 3 tomato slices, and 2 tablespoons green goddess salad dressing. Roll up tightly. This recipe can easily be adapted to suit each family member’s food preferences by setting out several different vegetables for them to choose from.

2.)    Grilled Eggplant Sandwiches

My family has always loved eggplant, but I’m constantly on the lookout for recipes that don’t require frying it. This flavorful, upscale sandwich fits the bill. To begin, julienne two sweet red peppers and roast them. Next, grill or broil 4 slices of eggplant for 3-5 minutes on each side or until tender. Top each eggplant slice with some peppers; sprinkle each with 1/8 cup shredded mozzarella cheese. Grill or broil sandwiches for 2-3 minutes or until cheese is melted. Spread 4 rolls with pesto; top with an eggplant stack. Replace the roll tops. This recipe serves 4 and is ready in less than half an hour. If you want to try your hand at making your own pesto, check out this recipe!

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3.)    Creamy Zucchini Soup

Soups are a great way to incorporate more meatless meals into your routine. In a large saucepan, sauté 2 tablespoons of onion in butter until tender. Stir in 3 tablespoons flour. Gradually stir in 2 cups whole milk, 1 cup of vegetable bouillon, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Bring to a boil; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened. Add 1 cup shredded zucchini. Simmer, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until zucchini is tender. Stir in cheese until melted. This rich, creamy soup serves four. You can easily substitute other vegetables such as broccoli or leeks for an equally tasty soup.

4.)    French Bread Veggie Sandwich

This veggie sandwich is big on flavor! Cut 1 loaf of French bread in half lengthwise. Spread it with pesto. Top with slices of mozzarella cheese. Add mushrooms, roasted red pepper, tomatoes, and spinach as desired. Broil for 5-6 minutes or until bread is golden brown and cheese is melted. Remove from oven and top with avocado slices. You can easily omit certain vegetables or add different ones. You can also allow family members to customize what they want on their part of the sandwich. Regardless of how you make it, this sandwich will always be healthy and yummy.

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5.)    Asian Noodle Medley

This Asian dish is extremely tasty! Cook 1 package of spaghetti (8 ounces) according to package directions. Stir in 1 cup baby carrots and 1 cup sugar snap peas; cook one minute longer. Drain; place in a bowl. Meanwhile, sauté one onion in butter until tender; remove from heat. In the same skillet, sauté 2 cups of broccoli florets until tender. Add the spaghetti mixture to the skillet. Top with ½ cup stir-fry or teriyaki sauce; toss to coat. This recipe is ready in half an hour and serves 5.

Kendra Smith is a food blogger who likes trying and creating new recipes.

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1 comment so far

  1. Keeon on 01.23.2014 at 12:40 pm | permalink
  2. Well, my dad is a vegetarian so I am sure he will appreciate these meatless meals. The hummus is really good. It makes for a good dip with raw veggies.

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