To save money on food it is a good idea to have a vegetarian meal once or twice a week.
There are many options to choose from - you can base this meal on beans, pasta, eggs, or
vegetable pizza. Beans or other legumes are the base of a lot of vegetarian recipes;
they are very filling, are a good source of fiber and are said to lower bad cholesterol.
Cutting down on meat has benefits other than financial. Nutritionists say that eliminating meat from your diet just one day a week can reduce your risk of heart disease and some cancers. Eating more vegetables may also lower your risk of heart disease and stroke.
Lentil Soup Lentils are quicker than other legumes because they don't have to soak overnight. You can adjust the ingredients in this recipe to suit your tastes.
Roasted Garbanzo Beans This tasty snack is spicy and crunchy - and so easy to make!
Pasta Fazool This traditional Italian soup is thick and hearty. You will never even notice that it doesn't have meat. Delicious!
White Bean Dip recipe A healthy dip recipe that is good as an after-school snack or an elegant party appetizer. Inexpensive and easy to make.
Split Pea Soup A leaner version of the winter standby. Each 1/2 cup serving has only 200 calories.
Thick Vegetable Soup This hearty soup recipe has only 92 calories per serving, so it is a great meal if you are watching your weight. It is not strictly vegetarian, as it calls for chicken broth, but you can substitute vegetable broth if you want to.
White Bean Soup with Tomatoes, Zucchini and Basil Another lean but hearty winter soup. Each 1 cup serving has 280 calories.
Pasta E Fagioli An Italian classic!
Bean & Cheese Burritos This is a fast and easy recipe that I use when I am running short on ideas. This is a favorite of my kids.
Vegetarian Chili Made with vegetable juice and other staples that you probably have on hand, this is a quick meal to throw together at the last minute.
Black Bean Enchilada recipe I have been making these enchiladas for years. My daughter has loved them since she was four and used to help me make them! They are delicious, and your kids will gobble them up!
Four Bean Enchiladas These tasty enchiladas cost only about $1. per serving to make and are hearty and nutritious!
Moroccan Vegetables Saute chunks of zucchini, yellow squash and onions in a little oil until tender. Add a can of diced tomatoes and one of drained chickpeas, a pinch of ground cinnamon and cumin; simmer until heated through. Serve over couscous.
Vegetarian Egg Recipes
Easy Artichoke Quiche recipe This recipe is so simple, anyone can make it! And it is a
handy recipe to whip up from pantry items when you don't have a plan for dinner (or brunch).
Only 4 ingredients!
Italian Egg & Potato Skillet Saute diced potato and chopped onion in a little oil until tender. Add diced zucchini and cook until the zucchini is done. Make four indentations in the mixture and break an egg into each one. Cover and cook until eggs are cooked through. Gustare!
Huevos Burritos Saute sliced onions and peppers in a little oil until tender. Remove them from the pan; scramble eggs in the same skillet. Spoon eggs, onions and peppers with salsa into warm flour tortillas; fold in sides and roll up.
Other Vegetarian Recipes
Mushroom Lasagna This dish always gets rave reviews when I take it to pot luck dinners. I like it much better than meat lasagna - the mushrooms give it a meaty flavor without the grease.
Southwestern Macaroni & Cheese Stir salsa, corn, sliced green onions and a dash of ground cumin into prepared macaroni and cheese (homemade or boxed); heat through.
Vegetable Pizza If you have ever wished you could make your own homemade pizza , check out these unique topping ideas, and the best bread machine pizza dough recipe I have ever found.