I have a confession to make: in the past, when people told me they were vegetarians I would secretly laugh on the inside and be thinking ‘you poor, poor chicken, erm, I mean, tofu.’ I could never fathom how someone actively chose not to eat meat. I’d ask (knowing full well they couldn’t) “Can you eat pork belly?” “No.” “Can you eat chicken schnitzel?” “No.” “Can you eat a wagyu burger?” “No.” “What is the point of living!?” I’d cry in protest. Dramatic? Sure. But in all seriousness, I love my meat.
Many times I’d make an announcement to my friends that I loved animals too much and was going to try be vegetarian for a year. Looking back, I obviously needed to start smaller. I also learnt that people don’t always choose to be vegetarian because of animal rights, but also because it makes them feel healthier and more energised.
Whatever the reason, if you’re considering taking the plunge and going vegetarian or just want to take a break from meat and try it out for a while, here are some of my favourite recipes that are delicious and will fill you (because I am still adamant tofu will never fill me like a good old 300g T-bone).
For an appetizer …
Whenever my mum has people over for a BBQ be it in summer or winter she will always whip out a Spinach Cob Dip. It’s one of my favourite vegetarian recipes and just secretly, I usually eat the whole cob. Nay – I always eat the whole cob. Don’t judge me, it’s too tasty to stop.
If you like Thai …
I love curry all year round and thai curries are some of my favourites. Thai flavours are so aromatic and bursting with taste and witht his particular curry you are consumed with ‘mmmm’s’ and ‘ahhhh’s’ of how delicious it is that you forget there’s no meat in it.
For potato lovers …
Sweet Potato and Zucchini Gratin
Next to chocolate and all things sweet, my next food of choice is potato – potato chips, sweet potato chips, crunchy chips, potato bake, jacket potato and pretty much anything you can do with a potato. This sweet potato and zucchini gratin will certainly warm your body and appease your tastebuds. Pair it with a good garden salad and you’ve got the perfect family dinner.
For cheese fans …
I grew up on these cheesy rice cakes. They are great snacks for kids for school/work and can be a pretty filling lunch if you cut up some veggie sticks and pair it with a dollop of hummus.
Tell me, what are some of your favourite vegetarian recipes that you love making?
This post was written in collaboration with Continental. However, all the beliefs and opinions expressed in this post are written in my own words and are 100% authentic.
9 thoughts on “Vegetarian Recipes for Beginners”
Great dishes! My husband and I are vegetarians, but we are surrounded by meat eaters. Our family/friends are often surprised at how normal our meals are. While we like tofu, we definitely don’t eat it often. :)
I am getting more and more into vegetarian meals! Like your friends and family I was surprised how versatile and delicious vegetarian meals can be. But I am getting more and more into it! :)
I have a freezer (wait THREE freezers) full of deer, elk, beef and broiler (I love my meat too!) but Lord almighty that bread bowl thing at the top, I think I’d die for it!
Spinach cob dip is to die for! Definitely give it a go!
I love to make vegetarian lasagne and also vegetarian shepherd’s pie with soya mince.
YUM I love shepherd’s pie! And all kinds of lasagne too :)
Thanks for the follow! Your blog is so appetizing and alluring to the eyes and the culinary imagination :)
Aw thanks Laurie! Yours too!