Vegetarian Staple Meals: 4 Vegetarian Meals To Make at Home in 2021

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Need some simple vegetarian meals to add to your menu this week? In this post, we’ll introduce you to three of our favorite meat-free staples that you need to try.

Once you decide exactly what vegetarian recipes from us that you’d like to try, we’ll create a perfectly optimized grocery list for you and arrange for grocery pick-up or drop-off. It doesn’t get much easier than that. 

What Does Vegetarian Mean?

First things first – let’s make sure we’re on the same page about what it means for a meal to be vegetarian

Vegetarian cooking excludes any meat from recipes. That means no poultry, fish, beef, pork, lamb, or anything other body parts from an animal. However, vegetarians are typically happy to include eggs and dairy products in their meals. The inclusion of eggs and dairy is the key distinction between vegan cooking and vegetarian cooking – vegans avoid animal products altogether, whereas vegetarians do not.

When you cook vegetarian meals, you’re going to be leaving meat off of the ingredient list. That leaves you with more room for plant-based ingredients like whole grains, legumes, fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds. These foods are all nourishing and full of nutrients, and there are plenty of ways to cook with them! 

Now, let’s take a look at four of our favorite vegetarian staple meals.

1. Veggie Tikka Masala

This recipe is a vegetarian twist on an iconic Indian dish. Tikka masala is typically made with chicken, but we’ll be making ours with cauliflower instead. Cauliflower curry is vegan as well as vegetarian, which makes it a perfect choice for everyone. 

The Veggie Tikka Masala Ingredients

Here’s everything you need to make veggie tikka masala in minutes. You’ll find the whole recipe, along with ingredient amounts and other details, on our veggie tikka masala page.

2. Winter Grain and Veggie Bowl

This recipe is one of our favorite vegetarian meals, and it’s perfect for the coldest months of the year. The simple combination of soothing ingredients will warm you on chilly days, making this an ideal meal for November and December. 

Plus, there are plenty of ways to personalize this dish to your liking by adding different types of whole grains or veggies to the mix.

The Grain Bowl Ingredients

Here’s everything you need to make a winter grain bowl.

3.  Rice Power Bowl

No matter what type of diet you prefer, it’s always a good idea to eat breakfast! Eating a hearty meal at the start of the day will fill you up and give you the energy you need to conquer your daily tasks. For vegetarians and meat-eaters alike, this rice power bowl is a perfect start to the day.

The Rice Power Bowl Ingredients

Here are the ingredients you’ll need when making your rice power bowl.

4. White Beans With Pesto

One thing that vegetarians often get a lot of flak for is the belief that their diets don’t include enough protein. This recipe is here to prove the naysayers wrong. 

This Mediterranean-inspired dish is packed with protein, thanks to the inclusion of cannellini beans, and the brightness of the tomato and pesto keep it from getting too heavy. It’s the perfect stick-to-your-ribs dish for a chilly evening.

The White Beans With Pesto Ingredients

To make this rich, protein-packed dish, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Eating Vegetarian Doesn’t Have To Be Hard

If you’re considering taking a break from meat or giving it up altogether, it’s easy to get nervous. You might wonder if you’ll be able to feel satisfied without adding meat to your meals – but we guarantee you will! With recipes like these, you definitely won’t be missing meat. 

Vegetarian eating gives you an opportunity to get creative with your cooking and find new ways to enjoy food. If you’ve been relying on meat as a main course for too long, give these recipes a try. You might find a new favorite meal – and end up eating less meat in the long run.

Looking for more recipes to try? Head over to our cooking page, where you’ll have unlimited access to our massive database of meals to make for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.