Vegetarian Chinese Food

One of the greatest problems facing anyone starting out with a vegetarian diet is finding a variety of exciting foods to keep meals interesting. Many people considering a vegetarian lifestyle are put off by the idea that they will be restricted to a handful of basic meal ideas with a limited range of tastes and flavors. However this need not be the case. The good news is that, if you look at a broader scope of ethnic cuisines, you will discover that there is a wealth of delicious and healthy vegetarian options waiting to be discovered. Chinese cooking, for example, offers an amazing array of tasty plant-based dishes that are simple to prepare and yet which taste fantastic.

Vegetarian Chinese food options come in a variety of guises. Many of the staples of Oriental cuisine are plant-based, including bean curd, water chestnuts, beansprouts, nuts and mushrooms, meaning that there are a host of classic Chinese recipes which require no adaptation for those who eat no meat, and many more well known dishes can easily be prepared using only vegetarian ingredients. Some of the best known and simplest Chinese vegetarian dishes to make include stir fries and simple noodle-based recipes. Nothing could be easier than whipping up a classic lo mein noodles dish using a range of fresh and tasty vegetables for a healthy and simple dinner.

Whether you are looking for inspiration to help you bring more exotic flavors into your life, are searching for basic yet flavorsome options for a quick supper or need to find an impressive banquet to delight your dinner party guests, there is a vegetarian Chinese food recipe to meet your needs. So, read on and discover some delicious and exciting recipes that will whisk you away to the Far East!


 Spicy Sesame Peanut Noodles 

 

This noodle based dish is both vegetarian and vegan and is incredibly quick and easy to prepare when you’re in a rush or after a long, hard day. Suitable to be served either cold or hot, you could even make double the amount and take some to work for your lunch on the following day. Feel free to use your favorite type of pasta or noodles, such as spaghetti or ramen. If you prefer your dishes less spicy, you can switch the cayenne pepper for red pepper flakes instead.


Ingredients – serves 3

2/3 cup of peanut butter
1/4 cup of soy sauce
3 minced cloves of garlic
2 sliced green onions
2 tablespoons of sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon of powdered ginger
1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper
Juice from 1 lime
1/2 lb cooked noodles or pasta
2 tablespoons of sesame seeds

Cook the noodles or pasta and slice up the green onions and mince the garlic cloves. Combine all of the other ingredients except the sesame seeds and noodles in a saucepan over a low heat and whisk carefully until your sauce is smooth. Pour the sauce over the noodles and toss gently to mix. Sprinkle the sesame seeds onto the top of the dish and serve either hot or cold.


Five Spice Baked Tofu

Tofu (or bean curd) is a staple of Chinese cuisine and represents an ideal meat alternative for a more substantial meal. This dish, marinated in a delicious mix of five spice, sesame oil and soy sauce is baked in an oven and can be added to any type of stir fry, noodle dish or salad.


Ingredients

1 block extra firm tofu
1 cup of vegetable broth
1/4 cup of soy sauce
2 tablespoons of sesame oil
3 minced cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon of minced fresh ginger
1 teaspoon of sesame seeds

Prepare the tofu by pressing it and the slice the tofu into strips measuring around 1/2″ in length. Grease your baking pan and place the tofu in the pan in a single layer. Whisk the other ingredients in a bowl and then pour over the sliced tofu. Leave to marinate overnight. Bake the tofu in a pre-heated oven at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 15 minutes before turning each piece over and baking for a further 15 minutes. Check to see that all of the liquid has been fully absorbed and then serve.

Vegetarian Indian Recipes

When you’re following a vegetarian diet, it can sometimes be challenging to think of new and exciting recipes to make, so if you are looking for ideas for some more exciting vegetarian meals, you might want to look towards India for some inspiration. A country that is home to over 500 million vegetarians and which is well known for its delicious and flavoursome cuisine is the ideal starting point for a veg dinner menu that is sure to tantalise your tastebuds. Indian food is well known for its spiciness, flavour and variety so there is sure to be a vegetarian Indian recipe to suit everyone, from those who prefer something mild yet tasty to those who like a bit of fire in their meal.

Popular Vegetarian Indian Foods

There are many excellent Indian foods that you can try if you are following a vegetarian diet. Here are some of the most popular:

Pulao

This rice dish is flavoured with aromatic spices and forms the centerpiece of your meal when mixed with vegetables such as spinach, tomatoes, peppers and peas. You can serve this dish with a tomato, cucumber and coriander salad and pickles.

Dal

Made from stewed lentils, this versatile curry is made with either ghee, coconut oil or mustard oil for extra flavour.

Chana

Pulses are a great way to get protein when you are a vegetarian, and this dish is made from sauteed chickpeas mixed with green chilis and fresh coriander to produce a delightful buttery texture.

Sabzi

Sabzi is just another word for cooked vegetables, however there are many ways in which this dish can be made. One of the best South Indian vegetarian recipes for sabzi involves frying mixed vegetables with curry leaves and mustard seeds in hot coconut oil, while one of the most popular North Indian vegetarian recipes involves mixing vegetables with fenugreek leaves, cumin seeds, turmeric, cilantro and chilis for a much spicier flavour.

Pakoras and Bhajis

Both of these tasty dishes are made from vegetables which are covered in gram flour and deep fried. While onion is the most popular ingredient, they can be made with all kinds of vegetables and mixed with turmeric, salt, carom seeds and chili powder for a tasty bite size snack.

Curries

The term curry includes a multitude of dishes, from creamy kormas to onion heavy jalfrezis. You can make a range of delightful Indian vegetable curry recipes from a base of tomatoes combined with ginger, garlic and onion and blended with fresh herbs, spinach and green chilis.

Vegetarian Quick And Easy Indian Dinner Recipes

In today’s busy world, the idea of chopping up a lot of vegetables and preparing time consuming spices may deter you from preparing many Indian vegetable curry recipes, however there are a surprising number of quick and easy Indian dinner recipes that take virtually no time to prepare but which taste great. If you are looking for exotic yet instant vegetarian dinner recipes that are sure to impress, we have found a few great choices for you.

Aloo Chaat

This spiced potato dish is very popular in India and is ideal for anyone who loves spicy food. It only takes 10 minutes to prepare and 20 minutes to cook.

Ingredients (for 4):

4 cups of peeled, boiled and cubed potatoes

3 tablespoons of oil

1 teaspoon of salt

1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro

1 tablespoon thinly sliced ginger

1 tablespoon finely chopped green chili

2 teaspoons of lemon juice

1 tablespoon of Chaat Masala spice mix

Heat oil in a heavy frying pan on a medium high heat and then place the cubed potatoes into the pan and sprinkle with salt. Fry the potatoes, turning occasionally until golden brown on all sides. This will take around 10 minutes. Turn off the heat and add ginger, chilis, cilantro, lemon juice and Chaat Masala spice mix. Mix well to coat the potatoes then serve.

 

Carrot Curry

Quick and easy to made, this recipe can be made in just 25 minutes and is a great choice if you have to feed unexpected guests or after a long day at the office.

Ingredients (for 2):

1 large carrot

1 cup of chopped onion

1 finely chopped tomato

1 teaspoon of Sambar powder

1/4 teaspoon of turmeric powder

1/4 teaspoon of pepper powder

Salt to taste

Handful of finely chopped coriander leaves

1 teaspoon of oil

1 teaspoon of mustard seeds

A couple of curry leaves

Cook the carrot in a pressure cooker until soft and then grind in a mixer and set aside. Cook the onions with the oil, turmeric powder and salt in a pan and when half cooked, add the pepper powder and sambar powder, tomato and ground carrot and cook for five more minutes. Add the mustard seeds and curry leaves and then serve, garnished with the chopped coriander leaves, with chapatis.

Chole Palak (Chickpeas With Spinach)

This delicious combination of spinach and chickpeas is rich in protein and is a healthy option when following a vegetarian diet.

Ingredients (for 2 to 4 people):

1 15oz can of chickpeas

3 cups of chopped spinach

2 chopped medium sized tomatoes

1/2 inch piece of chopped ginger

1 green chili

3 tablespoons of oil

1/4 teaspoon of asafetida

1 teaspoon of cumin seeds

1 tablespoon of cilantro powder

1/2 teaspoon of turmeric

1/2 teaspoon of red chili powder

1/2 teaspoon of salt

1/2 teaspoon of garam masala

 

Drain and rise the chickpeas and set aside. Blend the tomatoes with the chili and ginger to make a puree. Heat the oil in a saucepan and the add the cumin seeds and asafetida. Once the cumin seeds start to crack, add the pureed tomato mix, cilantro powder, turmeric and red chili powder. Cook for 4 minutes over a medium heat. Add the salt, spinach and 1/2 cup of water. Cook with a cover over the pan for 5 minutes on a medium heat. Mash the chickpeas lightly and then add them to the pan. Add more water if necessary to achieve the right consistency. Cook over a low heat for 8 minutes. Add the garam masala then serve with naan or chapatis.

Vegetarian Greek Recipe

If you are following a vegetarian diet, it can sometimes be hard to think of exciting and tasty meals that liven up your everyday menu. If you are looking for something a little more exotic to add to your culinary repertoire, consider trying some of the many vegetarian Greek entrees that are not only delicious but which are also good for your health.

The Mediterranean Diet

You have probably heard a lot in the media over recent years about the health benefits of the Mediterranean diet, and this way of eating is based on the traditional way of eating found in Greece and its islands. This regime involves primarily living on homegrown and fresh foods with a large number of fresh vegetables and fruits together with nuts and olive oil. There are many advantages that are linked with living this lifestyle including:

Protection against Type II diabetes since this diet is full of fiber and so slows digestion to prevent blood sugar surges.

Protection against strokes and heart disease.

Helping to keep you agile into old age – the nutrients found in this diet reduces the risk of older people developing weakness in their muscles by around 70%.

Reducing the chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease as this type of diet improves blood sugar and cholesterol levels which is thought to reduce the risk of dementia.

Cutting the risk of developing Parkinson’s Disease by 50% thanks to the high antioxidant levels in this diet which prevent cells from undergoing oxidative stress.

Increasing lifespan – the Mediterranean Diet cuts the risk of developing cancer and heart disease meaning that those who follow this lifestyle cut their risk of dying early by a fifth.

Popular Greek Vegetarian Main Dishes

Although many well known Greek dishes, such as moussaka, do contain meat, there are many excellent vegetarian Greek recipe versions of these popular meals. There are also many Greek dishes which are vegetarian in their own right. Greek cuisine incorporates many delicious vegetarian ingredients such as eggplants, feta cheese, beans, lentils, spinach, tomatoes, vine leaves and vegetable based rice dishes. A Greek vegetarian cookbook will be packed with ideas for both quick and easy, and more complex and impressive meals that are sure to delight your tastebuds, however to give you a taste of what you could be enjoying, we have gathered together a collection of some of the best vegetarian and vegan Mediterranean recipes to get you started.

 

Greek Vegetarian Moussaka

 

This veggie version of a Greek classic is sure to become one of your favorite meals and will please all the family.

 

 

Ingredients: (Serves 8)

3 1/2 lbs unpeeled eggplant, cut into rounds of 1/2″ in thickness

1/2 cup olive oil

1 thinly sliced onion

1 cup peeled and chopped carrots

1 cup chopped celery

4 minced garlic cloves

12 oz mushrooms cut into small pieces

1 teaspoon dried oregano

1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 can of crushed tomatoes

1 teaspoon of tomato puree

1/4 cup chopped parsley

1 cup grated Parmesan cheese

6 tablespoons butter

7 tablespoons all purpose flour

3 1/2 cups of whole milk

4 egg yolks

 

Cover two baking sheets with paper towel and sprinkle the eggplant rounds on both sides with salt. Place the eggplant in a layer on top of the towels and leave for 30 minutes. Preheat your own to 425°F. Dry the eggplant and oil the baking sheets. Brush both sides of the eggplant with the oil and then arrange on the baking sheets and bake for 10 minutes. Turn the eggplant and continue cooking for another 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool. Turn down the oven’s temperature to 350°F. Heat 1/4 cup of oil in a large heavy skillet over a medium heat. Add the carrots, onion and celery and saute until the onion is tender. Add garlic and mushrooms and continue to saute until the juices evaporate. Add the cinnamon and oregano, tomatoes and parsley and cook until, the mixture thickens. Add salt and pepper to taste. Oil a glass baking dish measuring 13 x 9 x 2″. Place half of the eggplant in a single layer on the bottom of the dish and then spoon half of your tomato mixture over the toip. Add 2 tablespoons of cheese and repeat the layering process. Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan over a medium heat. Whisk in the floor, stir for 2 minutes and then whisk in the milk slowly. Continue to simmer until the sauce becomes thick, stirring all the time. Whisk in 1/2 cup of cheese and add salt and pepper to taste. Whisk the yolks in a large bowl then whisk in the sauce. Pour over the vegetables and sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top. Bake in the oven until heated through and the sauce appears golden brown.

 

Greek Lentil Salad

This is one of the best Greek vegetable side dishes to serve alongside your Mediterranean inspired entree, however it can also be eaten on its own as a snack or for lunch.

 

Ingredients:

2 cups of Puy lentils

6 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil

2 zested lemons

6 tablespoons of lemon juice

salt to taste

black pepper to taste

4 tablespoons of chopped oregano

2 tablespoons of chopped parsley

2 tablespoons of chopped mint

1 chopped red onion

1/2 pint of halved cherry tomatoes

1 minced garlic clove

1/2 cucumber, cubed

6oz feta cheese (optional – can be omitted for vegans)

 

Put the lentils into a pan with 4 cups of water and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes, strain the lentils and set aside. Whisk the lemon zest and juice, olive oil, sale and pepper in a bowl. Add this mix to the lentils and allow to cool. Once cool, add the herbs, tomatoes, onion, cucumber and garlic and stir gently. Crumble the feta cheese over the top (if using) and serve with pitta bread.

 

Spanakopita

This spinach pie is one of the heartiest and most satisfying Greek vegetable recipes with which to feed your family.

 

Ingredients:

3 lbs of thawed frozen spinach

2 tablespoons plus 1/3 cup olive oil

2 diced medium onions

8 sliced green onions

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1 cup chopped parsley

3 large eggs

8 oz. of low-fat crumbled feta cheese

12 sheets thawed frozen phyllo dough

 

Squeeze the spinach dry and then place in a bowl. Head 2 tablespoons of oil in a skillet over a medium heat then add the onions and saute for 10 minutes. Add the spinach, green onions and nutmeg and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the parsley before leaving to cool. Preheat your oven to 350°F. Whisk the eggs the stir into the spinach mixture, then fold in the feta cheese. Put the rest of the oil into a bowl and brush the sides and bottom of a 9″ baking pan with oil. Unroll the phyllo pastry and place 1 sheet into the prepared pan. Brush with oil and then place the second sheet across the first. Brush with oil again and repeat with 4 more sheets. Spread out the spinach mixture across the phyllo pastry. Spread 1 phyllo sheet onto the work surface and brush with oil. Top with another sheet and continue brushing with oil and layering with the rest of the phyllo sheets. Place this stack of sheets onto the spinach mixture and trim the edges until no more than 1″ of pastry hangs over the dish’s edge. Roll the edges over the pie and brush its top with oil. Bake for one hour then cool for 10 minutes and serve.


Healthy Recipe for the Vegetarians

When you say that you are 100% vegetarian then you  have totally veered away from any animal meat. Talk about being healthy! Of course you still need the nutrients that animal meat provides. Thus, you must come up with a healthy recipe that suits your vegetarian needs!

What should comprise your vegetarian healthy recipe? First, start off with choosing a lineup of your favorite vegetables. Modify the ingredients by using products that are fat-free or lower in fat content. If you can’t get rid of the use of cheese, try making use of those products that are low in fat. For the cream soup, utilize evaporated or skim milk. Be picky when it comes to choosing your food. Your diet is one of the things that you need to watch out.

Rice as well as red beans is among the low-fat healthy recipes that you can access. Per serving of these foods contain only a gram of fat. For your vegetarian healthy food, sauté some chopped red pepper, onion, and garlic. Add the cayenne pepper, salt, and thyme. Then, add the rice and some water. Bring it to a boil, cover it, and then simmer for approximately 20 minutes. After which, add the kidney beans to the rice without stirring it. Cover the pot for another five minutes or so. Remove it from the heat, stir for a bit, and serve hot.

Your homemade vegetable sauce can be made out of a little amount of extra virgin olive oil along with the sauté sliced leek and diced carrots. You need some sugar to let it caramelize. Add the frozen peas, diced zucchini, salt, green beans, and pepper. Put back the cover until the vegetables are slightly cooked. You can add this vegetable sauce to your pasta recipe.

The vegetable bake is another healthy recipe that you may prepare. Use the cooking spray instead of cooking oil. Sauté the chopped onions and zucchini until they soften. In a separate bowl, mix the sautéed vegetables along with the parmesan cheese and chopped tomato. Get another bowl and stir the low-fat baking mix and cholesterol-free egg alternative. Pour the mixture onto the pie plate and bake it.

Going vegetarian doesn’t mean depriving yourself of delicious food.

Reasons Behind Veganism

Vegan diet is a diet which excludes any products like food, skin care and other things that are made from animal meat or have animal meat as an ingredient. Many people have turned into the vegan diet to maintain a healthy living and to optimize the possibility of longevity.

People who undergo the vegan diet are often referred to as vegans. Vegans are different from vegetarians in the sense that veganism is a strict form of being a vegetarian. Vegans don’t include anything that comes from animals while vegetarians may include animal products in their skin care, bags and accessories. There are many reasons on becoming a vegan. This article will look at these reasons one by one.

First reason is the love for environment. The environment is consists of many species and many of these species are being manufactured to form different products. There are many species that are extinct and close to extinction right now. What can the humans do to save this environment? The humans can at least lessen their consumption on the different species like birds, pigs, cows, goats and chicken. These animals are still abundant for now but they can’t last long if people eat them everyday. Very few people have thought about the consequences of depending too much on these animals. Vegans know the importance of these animals, they care for them and fight for animal rights.

Another reason is the health benefits that people can get from being a vegan. Meat products, artificial products and processed products have adverse effects to the health of various people. Meat products are the main source of cholesterol which in turn leads to high blood pressure. Too much dependence on meat can also trigger the body to be malnourish. On the other hand, natural products offer many benefits to the human health. Studies have shown that vegans have a higher immune system and have a better chance for longer life. Vegetables, raw foods, healthy snacks and fruits also contribute in maintaining a good body figure.

Religion is also considered as a reason for becoming a vegan. Seventh Day Adventists, Buddhist, Muslims and Jews support the advocacy for healthy living and eating. Religious people say that veganism have stemmed from some passages of the Bible. One of these passages is in the Genesis, “God said, Behold, I have given you every herb bearing seed, which is upon the face of all the earth, and every tree, in the which is the fruit of a tree yielding seed; to you it shall be for meat.” Yes, meat is mentioned in the passage but experts say that meat is referred to the seeds. There is no mention of animal in the passage so God didn’t say that animal meat is for consumption.

These are some of the reasons on becoming a vegan. There have been many successful individuals who have experienced benefits from being a vegan. A complete example of a successful individual is David Wolfe who has experienced a whole transformation when he became a vegan. People should think and ponder on these reasons to determine if they want to be a vegan.