During my week of vegan eating in February, I felt great and learned a lot, but I had more than a couple boring meals. Since then, I have been eating vegetarian at least a day or two a week and eating less meat when I do eat other meals.
Hoping to expand my options, I built a week of vegetarian eating around trying some new recipes.
1. Baked Falafel with Tzatziki (from Peas & Crayons)
I love falafel and had never tried making it at home. This baked version was great, and the tzatziki was easy and delicious, too. I served them with pitas and a lot of toppings for dinner, and I had them over spinach in a salad for lunch the next day.
2. Spinach Cashew Cream Pasta (adapted from Oh She Glows)
This vegan recipe uses cashews instead of dairy for its delicious, nutritious creaminess. I make pasta sauce a lot, but I always make it very chunky on the stove top, cooking it for hours. I loved this technique of food processing the ingredients before cooking for a quick alternative. I didn’t have basil on hand, so I used some parsley and spinach.
3. Channa Masala (from Eat, Live, Run)
4. Sweet Potato and Caramelized Onion Quesadillas (from Food for Thought)
5. The Green Monster (from Oh She Glows)
I have been wanting to try a Green Monster for a while. I combined spinach with almond milk, lemon yogurt, banana, mango, and a little peanut butter. There is a whole “Green Monster Movement” where people post their variation of this smoothie. I kept thinking of an old joke from Cheers — “You can really taste the kale!” — even though it was spinach and wasn’t very noticeable. I thought it made a refreshing snack. My son was not very enthusiastic, but he did manage to smile in this one photo. [You can see an outtake of his natural reaction here.]
I loved the variety of these easy and delicious recipes and will be adding them to my family menus.
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What are your favorite vegetarian recipes?