Some times we tend to struggle to find delicious vegetarian meals that are both tasty, healthy and satisfying. Couple that up with a shoestring budget? We’ve all had those nights going to bed on a piece of toast or pot noodles. That ends today. Here are 6 amazing vegetarian dinners when you’re too busy and can’t take another pot noodle!
1. Kimchi Fried Rice
This is a one pan wonder that is super quick and really filling meal. It is full of protein and also uses 3 of your 5 a day so it’s full of fibre and all the good stuff you need to keep you going through uni. Kimchi is a fermented food as well so it helps promote good bacteria in your gut. This recipe is also gluten free!
2. Pasta with Chilli, Tomatoes and Spinach
Pasta is a perfect comfort food and this vegetarian pasta recipe is made with canned tomatoes, spicy chilli and spinach. The recipe calls for wholewheat pasta which is perfect for getting your nutritional fix along with a whole bag of baby spinach. You can also add some extra vegetables to bump it up. Use some peppers, courgettes or basically whatever is left in your vegetable tray that needs using! You can also substitute the spinach for peppery rocket leaves.
3. Cheesy Flatbread Pizza
Who doesn’t love pizza? But when you’re in a hurry and can’t afford to order a Dominos, this recipe comes to the rescue. It is much healthier, and you can make it in no time! It has all the comfort of a pizza but much better for you. This recipe is just a sort of framework you can use to then customise your pizza toppings the way you like. Use cream cheese, or just some grated cheese and parmesan. Courgette ribbons, peppers, aubergines! Use any veggie you like.
4. Chilli, Cheese and Garlic Mushroom Omelette
Eggs are a wonderful source of nutrition. They are full of protein, vitamins and minerals. This recipe for a chilli cheese and garlic mushroom omelette will leave you filling super full and satisfied. It’s a perfect midweek meal for when you just don’t have the time to whip a whole dinner up.
5. Grilled Halloumi and Hummus Flatbreads
This is a fantastic recipe if you’re looking for something a bit different. Halloumi is an excellent vegetarian cheese which lends itself well to this flatbread filling. The recipe calls for using creamy hummus and also crunchy slaw in a wrap. You can also add some additional salad leaves, tzatziki, fresh avocado or any crunchy vegetables you fancy. The recipe also gives you the option for using grated cheese (think grated cheddar or a mix of cheddar and mozzarella) as a budget option. It’s great as a packed lunch too and travels well, but also works well as a midnight snack during your last minute cramming!
6. Mexican Beans and Avocado on Toast
A great way to start the morning with a lovely vegetarian breakfast. A Mexican twist of beans on toast- this recipe calls for black beans (although kidney beans work just as well) with the rich creamy avocado. You could also add a poached or scrambled egg and make it a light lunch!