Thursday, May 22, 2008

Going Veggie: Eat Food. Not Too Much. Mostly Plants.

A few of my readers are attempting to "go vegetarian" for a few weeks or a month. They're inspired by Michael Pollan's mantra: Eat Food. Mostly Plants. Not Too Much.

With that in mind, here are a few ways to make some of my recent recipes vegetarian.

Vegetarian Pizza
Using the Prosciutto and Arugula Pizza recipe, remove the prosciutto! The pizza will taste great without it. Alternatively, use the base pizza recipe and top with your favorite toppings: mushrooms, onions, spinach, red or green bell pepper strips, olives, pineapple, or any combination of the above.

Vegetable Soup
Using the Hamburger Soup recipe, omit the hamburger and replace with a can of your favorite beans: black, kidney, garbanzo would all be good. Drain and rinse beans before adding. Don't like beans? How about adding a package of frozen spinach which has been thawed and thoroughly drained? A sliced zucchini or summer squash would be a delicious addition. Replace the beef broth with vegetable broth.

Pizza Rolls
Again, follow thePepperoni Rolls recipe and replace the pepperoni with your favorite pizza toppings. You could steam broccoli and add it with some cheddar. Or, sauté onions, mushrooms, and/or spinach with a little olive oil, salt and pepper before adding.

Giada's Lasagna Rolls
These rolls would be delicious just by removing the shrimp! You could replace the shrimp with sautéed spinach, if desired. (Especially if you are trying to eat "mostly plants" )

"Tuna" Melts
Using this tuna melt recipe, replace the tuna salad with this mock version.

Cherry Pasta Salad
Just remove the chicken from this pasta salad. Delicious!

And of course, a big salad at every meal is healthy and tasty!
So there are some ideas for you.

1 comment:

Insomniac said...

thanks Liz!