Vegetarian dishes have taken the food scene by storm, for both health and animal-loving reasons. While a common misconception about vegetarian recipes is that they’re bland and boring, once you experiment beyond salads, sides, soups and steamed vegetables, you’ll be surprised to discover that there’s much more to these leafy greens after all.
So, it’s time to smash the stereotype that meat is the better, more flavourful contender. Here are our top 5 easy recipes that are fresher, healthier alternatives to popular meat dishes. You’ll be ready for #MeatlessMonday in no time!
1. Tom Yam Cauliflower Poppers
Fried food will be a definite hit—especially these low-calorie flavour bombs. These crunchy bites come loaded with addictive spicy flavours and the perfect hint of sourness. Pair it with the creamy aioli dip and you’re good to go!
2. Mushroom and Vegetable Lettuce Wrap
Revisit your Asian roots with this tasty vegetarian alternative. Replace your meat with mushrooms, which give the dish its full-bodied texture. Chop up your mushrooms and vegetables, then cook it with sweet and salty hoisin sauce and serve in crisp lettuce leaves.
3. Eggplant and Pumpkin Parmigiana with Gochujang
Transform a classic chicken parmigiana with an eggplant and pumpkin base. Then, give the sauce a touch of spice with Gochujang, the Korean version of tomato paste. Don’t forget the cheese and tomato sauce; They’re the staples of any Italian dish.
4. Brown Rice Risotto with Mushrooms
This hearty dish will remind your guests of the comfort of a homecooked meal. Instead of using meat stock as your base, switching to vegetable stock should do the trick! Use brown rice as a healthier alternative, and complete your wholesome risotto with mushrooms and tangy parmesan cheese.
5. Three Cheese Croquette with a Marinara Dipping Sauce
A play on the much-loved mozzarella cheese sticks appetiser, this dish mixes cheddar, mozzarella and parmesan cheese into your delectable mashed potato balls. Throw carrots and bell peppers into the mix for added texture, then coat it in egg and seasoned breadcrumbs. Deep fry and serve with a tangy marinara sauce. Even kids will adore this veggie dish!