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Delicious and Easy Vegetarian

I once had a fantastic friend who would have done anything for me.

The sort of person who, if you admired her clothing would want to give it to you.

One night we attended a dinner party in her very tiny flat. The room was so tiny that we were almost sitting against the walls with all rooms in close proximity. We had not met some of the people before and would have preferred to make a good impression.

I had the misfortune to be going through a phase of not wanting to drink anything other than fruit juice. Very silly. Being the very thoughtful person that she was she had prepared me a large glass of the most delicious pure plum juice… here read – prune – same family. Then followed a large dinner of beans, and vegetarian food in abundance.

It was not long before it took effect.

Have you ever felt so bloated and full of wind that you dare not move a muscle without embarrassing yourself and everyone in sight? Even worse, the bathroom in full earshot of the rest of the dinner guests, half of which we had not met before. I tried in vain to contain this new threat to my demeanor and eventually excused myself so I could go out on the balcony “to get some air”.

More like get rid of some air.

Unbelievably, everyone arose too and trudged with me out to the balcony.

I was almost desperate by this time and the cramps were extremely severe and I decided I was either going to explode or visit the bathroom. Safe now you would think with everyone on the balcony. Wrong! They all followed me inside again. Deciding that embarrassment was the lesser evil than exploding, I gingerly went in and closed the door and leaning against the wall I tried to stifle the sound of the ever increasing wind shift before venturing in the direction of the plumbing.

Wind like you would find a severe gale or extremely efficient wind tunnel.

You guessed it.

The stifling did not work and the thin walls seemed to act as an echo chamber.

Depth sounder had a whole new meaning and those people we had never met before suddenly knew more of me than I wanted right at that moment. I could hardly crawl out of that bathroom for embarrassment

That was the beginning of my quest for a different focus to my vegetarian food, for quick, easy vegetarian recipes that would allow me to entertain with ease and feel at ease too.

I am no longer totally vegetarian and love to cook all types of food and recipes can taste even better for some creative additions. My recipe collection of easy vegetarian recipes has evolved over time with some very boring meals in the beginning to some truly luscious and scrumptious food that was mouthwatering and memorable.

Simple, quick and easy vegetarian recipes can often add years to your life and dollars to your purse.

Some recipes are from my mother who would often cook “meatless” meals before sit was trendy as we could not afford meat and when asked the recipe she would look puzzled and say it was just out of her head.

Ideas and favorite recipes for fast meals and delicious finales

Makes everything taste delicious and is very quick and very easy to do. You may want to make a double lot and keep in the fridge covered. This is uncooked. Quantities depend on how many people you want to serve so add more or less than recipe)

Cut 4 Tree tomatoes in half scoop out the flesh and chop up finely Add either 1 spring onion, scallions or a small amount of chopped onions or shallots Add brown sugar around a desert spoon full and half a squeezed lime

Mix everything together and leave aside to absorb the flavors.

This salsa is delicious on vegetable patties, fritters, quiche, mashed potatoes and steak for those who are not vegetarian. This recipe can also be made with either tomatoes or peppers and taste delicious too.

Peanut Dipping Sauce

A quick and easy to make delicious and yummy sauce to serve with raw vegetables, grilled vegetable patties, vegetarian Satay sticks, mashed potato or make thinner as a salad dressing or thicker as a dip.

To make Half a cup crunchy peanut butter – 1 Tablespoon sesame seed, 2 cloves crushed garlic, 2 Tablespoons soy sauce, Juice of 1 lemon, 1 cup of water or coconut milk. Method Combine the ingredients in a pot and stir over moderate heat until dipping consistency. Thin with extra water if you require or leave thicker as a dip. Delicious and real easy.

Potato Patties

This is so simple its almost a joke to put it in here with these easy vegetarian recipes

Grate several large potatoes, squeeze out some of the liquid or it will go squelchy. Cut up one onion & chop or grate and add spring onions,shallots, or chives Add parsley, and any other herbs you have around Drop in 2 eggs (organic naturally) and mix everything together Add salt and pepper Drop spoonfuls onto a hot pan and cook. This is delicious with the salsa above and to make even more delicious add feta cheese, either in the mix or sprinkle some on top.

My latest piece-de-resistance is a stunningly simple chocolate sauce that makes any food taste like the latest chef’s invention.

After you have cooked your patties or fritters, add a little stock to the pan, melt a small amount of butter, or margarine although butter will give a better flavor. Add about two rows of dark chocolate over a low heat. Stir this slowly and add wine if you wish (is optional) and Chili gives it a bite and depth. Also optional as not everyone likes Chili Serve. Mint is a good addition. This sauce takes an ordinary meal into a gourmet delight. Just make sure you only make the amount you need at the time or it is ultra easy to scoff the lot.

Luscious Endings to finish your vegetarian banquet

Quick Pineapple dessert

Take yogurt, – one serving each person, and a can of crushed pineapple Whip it all up and put in the freezer to set. Serve with fresh yogurt and if you feel decadent grate some chocolate on top or garnish with frozen grapes.

Easy Vegetarian Recipes

For die hard vegans out there, preparing an all vegetable meal is as easy as ABC. It’s effortless and it’s a part of their lifestyle. But for the people who are just starting to become a vegetarian, preparing and cooking their meal can be quite challenging. The best tip for the new vegans of the world is to look for easy vegetarian recipes.

If you’ve already visited a dietitian, surely the doctor had given you a copy of easy vegetarian recipes that you can try to prepare for yourself or to hand out to your cook at home. However, if you haven’t visited a dietitian yet, you can look for cookbooks at any bookstore near your place. There are a lot of chefs and nutritionists these days that publish books exclusively for new vegans like you.

If you don’t have the time to check bookstores though, you can try looking for easy vegetarian recipes online. The internet has an extensive collection of recipes of simple veggies and fruits. You can either download the recipes for your everyday need or simply print the food techniques that you want.

Most of the times, easy vegetarian recipes consists of simple salads, easy to make all vegetable stew or baked veggies. The vegetables needed for the recipes can usually be found at grocery stores or supermarkets. The wet market can also be a great place to shop for fresh and crisp vegetables. You don’t need to be a chef or a very good cook to prepare an easy vegetarian recipe. All you need is to have is your fruits and vegetables, salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Steps For Simple Vegetarian Recipes

For the newly reformed individuals who are trying to have a healthier lifestyle through vegetarian diet, here are some tips for you to follow in looking for simple vegetarian recipes.

1.Vegetarian recipes are easy to find. As a matter of fact, you can have no recipes at all. The main rule on vegan diet is to eliminate meat products in the ingredients. How hard can that be? If you haven’t adapted the total vegetarian diet or at least the vegetarian with dairy products diet, then you can first try the vegetarian diet with chicken or fish. Just make sure not to include the skin of the chicken in your recipe. And stick with the breast part only.

2.If you want to follow the total vegetarian diet immediately, then you must visit a dietician to help you out. This is not an option anymore, consulting a doctor here is mandatory. A body that has been eating meat for the longest time cannot immediately switch into a total vegetarian diet without risking health problems. Meat products have their own benefits in the human body. You just can’t take vitamins and minerals with vegetables and disregard your protein need. The dietician will help you outline the veggies that will supply protein in your body as substitutes to meat products.

3.Majority of veggie cuisines are just simple vegetarian recipes. The instructions for vegetarian recipes are easy to follow and not complicated at all. In no time, you’ll be an expert on preparing simple vegetarian recipes.

Benefits Of Trying Out Vegetarian

If you feel tired eating meat based recipes and wanted to try something new, then you might want to try out simple vegetarian recipes. Studies show that going meatless for a few days will not cause any harm to your body. In fact, many health studies today shows that an estimate of 75% of diseases are related to a person’s diet. The standard American diet, which is high in saturated fats, can caused people to become overweight and fat from animal products can lead to health problems such as clogged arteries causing heart disease and other health related ailments.

Benefits of Vegetarian Recipes

One of the best benefit that you can get from trying out a vegetarian meal is that you cut the risk of coronary heart problems. As vegetables have lower saturated fats and are high in antioxidants, you can cut your risk from 50% to 15%. Japanese people, especially those who live in Okinawa have the longest life expectancy. What is their secret? A diet that is low in meat, high in rich complex carbohydrates, vegetables, fiber rich fruits and soy.

Vegetarian recipes are high in good cholesterol, which helps lower the LDL cholesterol level while increasing the HDL level. Soya, which is a staple with most simple vegetarian recipes, is rich in flavones, which lowers cholesterol.

Aside from lowering your chance of becoming high risk, you also keep your weight down reducing the chance of becoming overweight. According to the CDC – National Center for Health Statistics, sixty-four percent of adults are overweight. People who followed a low-fat vegetarian diet were estimated to have lost on average 20 lbs in a year and have maintained that weight reduction for over five years. When one lowers down their intake of saturated fat, they can also increase their life span, it is estimated that vegetarians live seven years longer than their meat-eating counterparts do.

Many diseases that humans contract come from food borne illnesses which are usually associated with foods that are rich in protein such as meat, fish and poultry. By reducing your intake of meat, you will reduce the risk of contracting food related illness.

How to Start Your Vegetarian Lifestyle

Opting to change your diet to a vegetarian lifestyle is hard especially for meat lovers and as such, it is important that you do not change your diet overnight. Trying to go meatless once a week or two can help your body to adjust. You can also try out simple vegetarian recipes to start. A staple of vegetarian diets include consuming vegetables, fruits, grains, legumes, seed or nuts. Some vegetarians may also consume dairy and eggs or white meat. That said, if you have food problems or allergies, it is important that you talk with your health care provider to ensure that you have a well-balanced diet.