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For the past few weeks my fiancé and I have been eating vegetarian. He is beginning to train for the Iron Man competition and started P90-X. I am pretty sure that our vegetarian lifestyle is not going to be permanent but for now it is a great way to get healthy, feel great and save some money. Check out my Vegetarian recipes that would satisfy a meat eater.
Sautéed Mushroom and Spinach over soft Polenta
Soft polenta is like savory cheesy grits and it’s comforting topped with broth-y sautéed mushrooms and garlic-y spinach.
Cucumbers, red onions, kalamata olives, feta cheese and greek dressing mixed in with the couscous is super easy to prepare and extremely healthful.
Refried Bean Tacos
For this dish I use organic fat-free refried beans or I make my own with dried pinto beans in the crock pot. To make it healthful and filling I pile on the toppings, tomatoes, red onions, avocados, lettuce or shredded red cabbage, and roasted fresh corn. Serve with black beans and rice.
Spaghetti with Tomato Sauce
This dish is perfect for a mid-week rushed meal b/c it can be as simple or complicated as you want. I like to add sautéed vegetables to store bought tomato sauce and top it with fresh grated parmesan cheese.
Using the same method as chicken parmesan you can make a healthier alternative with eggplant. Serve it with pasta, soft polenta or on chewy ciabatta bread.
Grilled Vegetable sandwiches on Ciabatta bread
Start by grilling or roasting portabella mushroom caps, red peppers, thick sliced zucchini or eggplant with olive oil, salt, pepper and chopped fresh garlic. Assemble between chewy ciabatta bread with thinly sliced cucumber, red onion, and fresh tomato then melt buffalo mozzarella cheese over it. Substitute mayo with hummus and sprinkle with balsamic or red wine vinegar for flavor.
This week breakfast will consist of oatmeal, cereal and/or frozen fruit smoothies
Left-overs from dinner or peanut butter sandwiches.