Whether you decide to go vegetarian for health or environmental reasons, it’s common to miss the taste of carnivorous treats when you try their vegetarian versions. With these recipes, you get to have the best of both worlds! Even the meat eaters in your household will want a bite.
- Marinated firm tofu, Asian style. A popular type of tofu in texture and variety is firm tofu. Although it is often accused of lacking flavor, a basic marinade of low-sodium soy sauce and light brown sugar gives this dish the taste without the guilt you’d get from a Chinese delivery. Adding 1 cup of sliced veggies while stir frying in a tablespoon of olive oil adds fiber and helps with feeling full. The stir fry can be eaten on its own or with a small serving of brown rice, a healthy carbohydrate.
- Low fat cheese pita pizzas. Homemade pizza is always a treat, and you can make your own with whole wheat pita bread with low fat cheese topped with red bell pepper slices. The individually sized pizzas help you to be conscious of how much you’re eating, and the peppers make it visually appealing. A sprinkle of basil or rosemary before you pop it to bake in the oven adds flavor without fat or calories. Bake at 425° for 12 minutes or until the cheese is melted.
- Berry flavored frozen Greek yogurt. Better than ice cream! Add a splash of balsamic vinegar to 2 cups of strawberries, blueberries or your favorite berry. A ½ tablespoon of olive oil and ½ tablespoon of agave syrup adds a candied flavor to the fruit. Bake for 30 minutes at 350° and then mix into the Greek yogurt. Put in the freezer in an airtight container, checking after an hour to make sure it doesn’t freeze in a solid block.
Pro Tip: These recipes can easily be made vegan by substituting vegan cheese, the Daiya brand is known for its ability to melt perfectly. Coconut or soy yogurt also works for frozen yogurt, with a small amount of linseed added to thicken the mixture.
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