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5 Deliciously Different Vegetarian Meals

5 Deliciously Healthy Vegetarian Meals

This is the guest post by Lara, who is a student and health blogger who likes to share diet tips and information about how to prevent food poisoning.

The interest in nutrition being shown by young people is to be encouraged, but adequate information needs to be collected as a diet of brown rice, bean sprouts and beer will surely harm health. The practice of “going vegetarian” and swallowing numerous, very expensive, vitamin tablets is to be deplored, it is far healthier and cheaper to eat a varied diet of simple, natural, fresh foods.

5 Deliciously Different Vegetarian Meals

1. Vegetable and Rice Soup

Most Delicious Veg Meals-Veg and Rice Soup

  • 500g old potatoes
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 stick celery
  • four sprigs parsley
  • 2 liters (8 cups) water
  • 3 tablespoons brown rice
  • 300g can three bean mix
  • 1 small red pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • vegetable salt

Scrub potatoes, chop roughly; peel carrots, chop roughly; slice celery. Place vegetables in large pan, add parsley sprigs and water, cover, simmer gently 2 hours. Put soup, a portion at a time, into blender, blend on medium speed until smooth, strain through wire sieve. Return soup to pan, add rice, drained bean mix, finely chopped pepper and chopped parsley. Bring to boil, reduce heat, simmer covered 30 minutes or until rice is tender. Season with salt.

Serves 4

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2. Spinach and Cheese Soup

Most Delicious Veg Meals-Spinach and Cheese Soup

  • 1 bunch spinach
  • ½ cup water
  • 30g butter or substitute
  • 2 tablespoons wholemeal flour
  • 1½ cups milk
  • 1 cup water, extra
  • 2 shallots
  • 90g cheese

Wash spinach, remove white stalks, chop leaves roughly. Place water in pan, add spinach, cover, cook over medium heat 5 minutes; drain. Melt butter in pan, add flour, stir over medium heat 1 minute. Gradually stir in milk, stir until boiling, stir in extra water, mix well. Add spinach and chopped shallots. Put soup in blender, a portion at a time, blend on medium speed 1 minute. Return soup to pan, stir in grated cheese, stir until cheese has melted.

Serves 2

3. Tomato Sorbet

Most Delicious Veg Meals-Tomato Sorbet

  • 500g tomatoes
  • 400g can whole tomatoes
  • 2 shallots
  • 1 stick celery
  • 1 small clove garlic
  • vegetable salt
  • 1 small cucumber

Peel tomatoes, chop roughly, place in blender. Add undrained can of whole tomatoes. Blend on medium speed 1 minute. Strain tomatoes through wire sieve, discard seeds. Return tomato puree to blender. Finely chop shallots and celery; add half of the chopped shallots and celery to blender, blend on medium speed 1 minute. Pour mixture into freezer tray, stir in crushed garlic, remaining shallots and celery. Season with salt, freeze. When ready to serve, remove from freezer 10 minutes beforehand. Run fork across ice so that it flakes and separates. Peel cucumber, cut in half lengthways, then in half again. Chop into 5mm (¼ in) cubes. Just before serving, fold cucumber through sorbet. Fork into individual glasses. Decorate with chopped parsley.

Serves 4

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4. Lentil Soup

Most Delicious Veg Meals-Lentil Soup

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 2 onions
  • 2 sticks celery
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 3 tomatoes
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 cup red lentils
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 5 cups water
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • vegetable salt

Peel and finely chop onions, chop celery, peel and chop tomatoes and carrots. Heat oil in large saucepan, add onion and celery, cook until onion is transparent, add crushed garlic, tomatoes and carrots, cook few minutes. Add lentils, tomato paste and water, cover, bring to boil, reduce heat, simmer approximately 1½ hours, or until lentils are tender; add soy sauce. Remove half mixture from saucepan, blend in batches until smooth. Combine with remaining soup. Season with salt, reheat before serving.

Serves 4

5. Chinese Braised Bean Curd

Most Delicious Veg Meals-Chinese Braised Bean Curd

  • 250g bean curd
  • 250g can bamboo shoots
  • 500g broccoli
  • 1 large carrot
  • 190g can champignons
  • 30g dried mushrooms
  • oil for deep-frying
  • 2 tablespoons oil, extra

Sauce

  • ¾ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon vegetable salt
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • ½ teaspoon sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon Vegemite
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons cornflour

Put dried mushrooms into bowl, cover with hot water, stand 15 minutes. Drain, remove tough stalks, cut in half. Drain bamboo shoots, cut into 3mm (⅛ in) slices. Drain champignons. Peel carrot, slice thinly. Cut broccoli into thick pieces. Cut bean curd diagonally in half into triangles, cut each triangle through thickness into 3 slices; deep-fry in hot oil, a few pieces at a time to avoid sticking, until golden brown; drain. Parboil broccoli and carrot in boiling water for 3 minutes, drain. Heat extra oil in pan or wok, add mushrooms and champignons, saute quickly for 2 minutes, add bamboo shoots, carrot, broccoli and bean curd, toss well. Add sauce, bring to boil, stir constantly for 1 minute.

Sauce: Combine water, salt, sugar, sesame oil, Vegemite, soy sauce and cornstarch in bowl, mix well.

Serves 6

Summing It Up

People often discover a great deal about nutrition and value for money by having a vegetarian phase. Most learn to eat better and cheaper and come to value good eating. No harm in vegetarian diet if it is well balanced.

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Lara is a student and health blogger who likes to share diet tips and information about how to prevent food poisoning.