As a Vegetarian you really need to find specific recipes to always fall back on. You need to be sure you are getting enough protein as well as carbs, fats, and veggies, just like any other diet. The typical question I get from people is “What do you eat for protein?” Now people, not all protein needs to come in the form of an animal, everyone tends to forget that there are many plant-based proteins. Beans! Chick Peas! Tofu! Peanut butter, almond butter, soy nut butter (All 3 are a great source of protein and healthy fats!). One protein may come to you as a surprise, Quinoa! This food looks like rice/couscous but has as much protein as a piece of chicken. “Quinoa, a species of goosefoot, is a grain-like crop grown primarily for its edible seeds. It is a pseudocereal rather than a true cereal, or grain, as it is not a member of the true grass family. Wikipedia” It’s literally a super food! It has been named to be one of the top foods of the year 2012. One of my favorite recipes for dinner when we have no plans is a Quinoa based recipe mixed with veggies and some tomato sauce!
What you’ll need:
1 Cup of Quinoa
Carrots (as many as you like I usually take a hand full of baby carrots)
Broccoli (same as carrots, you pick the amount)
1 Sliced Raw beet (I buy them at the organic store already cut up and then just slice them into smaller pieces)
Jalapenos (the sliced kind, only a few or your mouth with be burning!)
4-5 sliced Banana peppers (the sliced kind in the jar is great)
Chick peas ( you only need about 1/4 cup or less you will get a lot of protein from the quinoa but this will give you a little extra)
Tomato Sauce/Puree (I like the hunts puree it has the least amount of “extras” in it or if I have some time I like to prepare my own sauce and freeze it.)
1. Prepare the Quinoa according to the package
2. Steam the Broccoli and Carrots
3. Once the Quinoa and Veggies are cooked put it in a bowl add the chick peas, beets, peppers, and sauce to the bowl.
4. Pop it in the Microwave if you only have a little bit of time and heat up the chick peas and sauce so they are warm enough to eat.
This recipe is really my staple, I find it so tasty and it really couldn’t get anymore nutritious then this (If you’d like to add some Healthy fats to this, add 1/2 of an avocado or part-skim cheese, at the end.)
Hope you enjoy it!