Trying to eat a little more healthily this year? Eating more nutritiously does not mean you have to sacrifice on taste, and one easy way to make meal times more nourishing is to try out more meat-free recipes.
Cutting down on your meat intake can have a variety of benefits, from helping you to lose weight and reduce heart disease, as well as improving energy levels and overall wellbeing.
Whether you are trying meat-free Mondays or thinking of adopting a vegetarian lifestyle, try some of these delicious recipes to get you started!
Jewelled Moroccan Quinoa Salad
Infused with subtle spiced flavour, packed with texture and visually tantalising – this easy salad is perfect for work lunches or an accompanying side.
Prepare quinoa grains following instructions. Meanwhile heat a little oil, sautéing sliced onions and cumin seeds until the onion has softened, before adding some turmeric and ras el hanout spice mix. Toss the cooked quinoa grains in the oil until well covered.
Combine the flavoured grains with a mixture of bright vegetables – shredded carrot, pomegranate seeds, cherry tomatoes, diced pepper and fresh coriander are all great additions. Sprinkle with toasted almond or cashew nuts for a satisfying crunch.
Slow Cooker Lentil and Sweet Potato Stew
A slow cooker can be a great tool in your quest to eat healthier, as it’s easy to put together a satisfying meal with one, without spending a lot of time cooking.
For a hearty and flavoursome stew, combine lentils, sweet potato chunks, and onion in a pan, with a little oil. Add curry powder, cumin seeds, ginger, garlic chilli and seasoning, and cook for a few minutes. Transfer into a slow cooker, covering with vegetable stock, and cook on a medium setting. Serve with warm crusty bread.
Mediterranean Halloumi Salad
Light and tasty, this Mediterranean inspired dish is packed full of fresh flavours, oozing with a bright and summery feel.
Slice a pack of fresh Halloumi cheese and cook lightly in a frying pan with a touch of oil, until browned on both sides. Leave aside to cool. Meanwhile slice ripe vine tomatoes, sweet red peppers, red onion and add a handful of capers and olives. Combine and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and add fresh seasoning, before serving with Halloumi and toasted bread or pitta.
Roasted Vegetable Lasagne
Young and old alike will love this healthy veggie take on a classic lasagne dish, Swap out meat-based fillings for a mixture of roasted vegetables in a thick tomato and béchamel sauce.
Roasted aubergine, courgette and peppers make a colourful and flavoured filling, while minced mushroom or lentils can make a great substitute to add meaty texture to the base.
Try these recipes and let us know what you think. And what are your favourite vegetarian recipes? Share them with us!