Without wasting any time, I’m going to jump right into some of my all-time favourite vegetarian dishes, but I can’t guarantee that all of them are healthy! In some instances I’m really just going for taste, something which is often not associated with veggie dishes.
Veggie Roasted Eggplant Lasagne
Basically it’s like any other lasagne, except of course there’s no meat and eggplant rounds are used in place of what would be traditional noodles. How about that for a low-carb take on Italian food? In addition to the eggplant, the ingredients used to make this dish include fresh oregano, fresh thyme, black pepper, olive oil, salt, ricotta cheese, tomato sauce, Italian cheese, egg, garlic cloves and mozzarella cheese (part-skim).
One of the easier vegetarian dishes to make, pesto pizza is ready within minutes to make for a go-to dish when you’re pressed for time. Ingredients include chopped tomato, prepared pesto, crumbled feta cheese and fresh spinach, all of which will be prepared on a pre-baked whole wheat pizza crust. Yum!
Creamy Chickpea Curry
Although I’m not explicitly a vegetarian or a vegan, rather just catering to these eating choices as a matter of the blog’s theme of sustainable nutrition, I must say that meat eaters are often very satisfied with this dish, although many of them don’t like to admit it. I think this creamy chickpea curry attests to the fact that I’ve not listed these all-time veggie favourites in any particular order, because this is indeed my pick of the lot.
I think the coconut milk is what galvanises the dish for me, enhancing the spiciness and adding the creaminess that makes it a CREAMY chickpea curry! So, in addition to the coconut milk, the ingredients going into this ultimate favourite veggie dish of mine include more coconut in the form of coconut oil, yellow onion, golden potatoes, carrot, cauliflower florets, fresh ginger root, garlic cloves, chickpeas, curry powder, red pepper flakes, vegetable broth, frozen peas, fresh cilantro, salt, tamari or soy sauce (reduced sodium), basmati rice (cooked) and tomato paste.
You need to be generous with some of the ingredients that are added in purely for the flavour they give to any dish though, otherwise the curry can be rather bland.
This is quite a forgiving recipe, which means you can get a great outcome even if you experiment a little with the ingredients (a lot). So one woman’s spinach quiche may not taste anything close to what another man’s tastes like, but if you do indeed want taste consistency then you’ll have to settle on a specific selection of ingredients and pay relatively close attention to the measurement amounts of those ingredients.
Otherwise in addition to the frozen spinach with which the recipe seems to work best (thawed and drained, of course), what goes into the dish includes butter, salt and pepper, cheddar cheese, garlic cloves, onion, pie crust, eggs, milk, mushrooms, as well as herb and garlic feta crumble.
Sweet Potato Burritos
Now I don’t know if this is meant to be a healthy vegetarian dish, because it tastes too suspiciously delicious for a dish of any kind to be healthy! Sweet potato burritos are super addictive, so you’ll probably need to make more than what your first instinct tells you when you prepare this dish. They’re referred to as burritos, but being vegetarian, this particular recipe is quite a bit different to most burrito recipes you’ll find. These are best enjoyed served with chopped green onions, sour cream, and salsa!
The ingredients include vegetable oil, cumin, onion, cayenne pepper, soy sauce, garlic cloves, kidney beans, chilli powder, cheddar cheese and mustard, in addition to the sweet potatoes and flour tortillas, of course.
So that’s as far as it goes with my all-time favourite vegetarian dishes. In comparison to the vegan dishes I’ve also discussed which make up my all-time favourites, I’ve added a little bit more, none of which looking back seem to be of the healthier options. They’re not totally unhealthy either though, but they sure taste super-delicious, often enjoyed even by the most carnivorous of meat-eaters who would hunt and cook the meat they heat themselves if they really had to!