I am excited to welcome Emily Wilson as a guest blogger. Emily is a trained chef who devotes her days (and I suspect many nights) to developing and testing delicious recipes for Cooking Planit.com. I had the pleasure of collaborating with Emily on several meals I put together for Cooking Planit, and it became apparent that we shared a lot of the same tastes, so this was a natural fit. I’ve asked her to share some of her favorite vegetarian recipes with us. Enjoy!
“You love food!”
“You eat out too often!!”
“You work in the food business!!!”
These are just a few of the reasons people have given me as to why I couldn’t possibly become vegetarian. Well, a few years ago I gave up meat for a health experiment and stayed away from it for over a year. Truthfully, it was still easy to enjoy great food, and while I’ve since returned to meat in moderation, I feel I’ve seen greener pastures. Being vegetarian is awesome!
Whenever I get on an über health kick, I eat as many vegetables and high-fiber foods as possible. Veggies are naturally low in calories, and packed with satiating nutrients, so you can eat (almost) as many as you want and feel satisfied longer. It’s also amazing how un-gross I feel! I mean, if I eat steak nachos I feel a lot more stuffed and greasy than if I opt for black bean nachos, right?
In other words, I totally “get” being vegetarian, and while I’m not faithful enough to live it full-time, I like to consider myself an honorary member of the club. That’s how I knew Lauren’s recipes would be right up my alley. Lauren shared some of her Gourmet Veggie dishes with Cooking Planit, like Roasted Beet Salad with Orange-Ginger Dressing topped with fiber-and-protein-dense Farro and Garlicky Kale with Creamy Polenta and Poached Eggs, so you can cook her recipes easily, following step-by-step instructions.
I actually went vegan one summer too (never felt better!). But I agree with Lauren, that cheese is just too delicious to live without. Plus, I love Mexican food too much to give up all the cheesy, creamy, salty, crunchy goodness. Have a hankering? Try one of my favorite recipes – Mexican Tortilla Pizza.
Like Lauren, I also love eggs. Poached, hard-boiled, fried or scrambled eggs are welcome at my table any time of day. I love to start the morning right with my favorite omelet recipe – Aunt Mimi’s Marmalade and Cream Cheese Omelet.
Another popular recipe on Cooking Planit satisfies a beef-less burger craving. Try out these Chickpea Artichoke Burgers for yourself!
I genuinely envy people who dedicate themselves fully to a meat-free lifestyle, so I hope these recipes show you some love, from one veggie heart to another!