While I don’t consider myself a true vegetarian, I do stick to a vegetarian diet the vast majority of the time. I try to stay away from meat as much as possible because it usually just makes me feel blah after eating it. I do, however, consume fish – and lots of it. Poultry and especially red meat are rarely seen on my plate but they do end up there from time to time.
With that being said… I loooove my veggies! Veggies keep me feeling healthy and energized and so I try to get lots of ’em at every single meal. I aim to make it the main star of the dish. Today’s lunch was almost all veggies. I present to you the kind of vegetarian meal that might make the typical meat-eater’s mouth water like mad.
A veggie burger on a whole wheat bun from Trader Joe’s with (lots of) lettuce, tomato, red onions and ketchup paired with a homemade vegetable fried rice made of whole wheat rice pilaf, black beans, peppers, onions, broccoli and carrots with a touch of teriyaki sauce. Do you think there are enough vegetables in this lunch?
First, I preheated my oven to 350 degrees. I then threw all the ingredients for the fried rice into a small pot on the stove over medium heat. I had rice and beans leftover from a couple meals the other day and so I thought I’d put them to good use. I mixed it all up until it was nice and steamy while the veggie burger was cooking in the oven. I just put it in there for about 5 or 6 minutes on each side, toasted my bun and threw it all together. It. Was. Magnificent.
I could literally eat this every day. I’m fairly certain my palate would never get bored of this meal. Give it a try!! Or better yet, offer it to a carnivore in your fam and see how they like it 😉