Chefs and experts everywhere are all coming to the same conclusion: plants are the future of protein. Proteins from peas and hemp are becoming more and more popular, from snacks and chips to specialty restaurants around the world. More than just for vegetarians, the future looks to plant-based meats as an alternative to meat that is both good for themselves and is mindful of animal welfare.
For those who are skeptical, we can relate! As people who love to eat meat and are skeptical of vegetarian substitutes, we were hesitant on the idea of plant-based meats as an alternative to a juicy hamburger. However, these 7 great recipes have changed our tune and have us pumped about vegetarian alternatives and will give you the protein you need, with the same amount of satisfaction you want from a meat-based meal!
- Peanut Quinoa Bowls with Baked Tofu
This delicious blend of quinoa, peanuts, and vegetables is a hearty meal sure to satisfy cravings! Top it off with delicious baked tofu, your senses will be flooded with rich flavors. Find the recipe here!
2. Vegetarian Shepherd’s Pie with Seitan
Shepherd’s pie, normally a hefty stew rich with chunks of beef and gravy, has gotten a vegetarian makeover! This delicious recipe packs all of the flavor and comforts of a shepherd’s pie without the meat! Make it yourself here.
3. Egg In A Basket Grilled Cheese With Asparagus
Everyone loves the ooey gooey-ness of a grilled cheese, but this take on the classic hot sandwich has our mouths watering! Eggs are a bit of a grey area when it comes to vegetarian, so we’ll call this dish Ovo-vegetarian. Easy to make and stuffed with rich flavors, this is an easy win. Find the recipe here!
4. Vegan Tacos
You heard me right. These tacos live up to their name! Loaded with exciting flavors found in your favorite street taco, this vegan alternative is crave-able. Whip these up here!
5. Trisha Yearwood’s Black Bean Lasagna
If anyone can make a vegetarian lasagna that tastes incredible, Trisha Yearwood can! This delicious twist on traditional lasagna is ideal for any dinner! Copy Trisha Yearwood’s recipe here!
6. Corn Meal and Oat Waffle Mix
Who doesn’t love waffles in the morning? Indulge in this savory rendition of the classic waffle the health and environmentally conscious way! Make this delicious brunch here!
7. Crispy Quinoa Burgers With Sweet Potato Fries, Beer Carmelized Onions, and Gruyere
Here it is, the “sensitive subject” of vegetarian cuisine: a hamburger and fries. Against all odds, this plant-based burger is everything you want in a veggie burger! The meatiness of the quinoa and the added flavor of the caramelized onions with sweet potato makes this recipe a burger that can stand on its own next to the classic meat-based burger in flavor and satisfaction! Find the recipe here.
Thousands of recipes exist now that give you the rich, hefty flavors you would normally only get from a meat-based dish, without the meat! Getting your protein from plant-based meat is becoming more and more popular, and yes, these alternatives can be delicious regardless of if you eat meat or not!
Have you tried any of these recipes? Let us know what you think!