Thursday, September 27, 2012

What are some options for a tasty vegetarian meal?

Becoming a vegetarian can be as easy as you choose to make it. Whether you enjoy preparing elaborate meals or choose quick and easy ones, vegetarian meals can be very satisfying. In order to make meal preparation easier, the ADA suggests having the following foods on hand:

  • Ready-to-eat, whole-grain breakfast cereals, and quick-cooking whole-grain cereals such as oatmeal
  • Whole-grain breads and crackers, such as rye, whole wheat, and mixed grain
  • Other grains such as barley and bulgur wheat
  • Canned beans, such as pinto, black beans, and garbanzo beans
  • Plant-based proteins like tofu, tempeh, and seitan
  • Milk, yogurt, and fortified soy substitutes
  • Rice (including brown, wild, etc.)
  • Pasta (now available in whole wheat, spinach, and other flavors) with tomato sauce and canned beans and/or chopped veggies
  • Corn or flour tortillas
  • Vegetarian soups like lentil or minestrone
  • Plain frozen vegetables
  • Frozen fruit juice concentrate
  • Nut spreads (e.g. peanut or almond butter)
  • Canned and frozen fruit

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