Let me go on the record now: I love meat. After years of low-carb eating — with all the steaks, bacon and chicken I wanted to handle — I could never be a vegetarian.
That being said, now that I’m doing Weight Watchers, I find myself going meatless more often. Meat — especially in the decent-sized portions I’m used to — has … gasp … more Points. As I try to get the most bang for my Points buck, my kitchen has become an experimentation zone for meat-free recipes.
Even better? They’re fairly easy to make, especially if you’re like me and cooked up way too much quinoa several weeks ago. I froze the excess and have been pulling it out every weekend as I prep food for the week. Two weeks ago, I made these burgers. Last weekend, I expanded my repertoire into the meat zone with these Tuna Quinoa Cakes (also from The Lean Green Bean).
The Greek Black Bean Burgers might seem to be a somewhat unusual mix: black beans, hummus and quinoa, peppered with other Greek flavors (like roasted red peppers and feta). But don’t knock ’em ’til you try ’em. They’re delicious, I promise.
That’s a ringing endorsement from an avowed carnivore.
Other vegetarian-type recipes I’ve been digging lately:
- Lindsay’s Asian Black Bean Burgers
- The Birthday Cake Remix Smoothie from my weight-loss blog, Adventures in Cooking, Weight Loss & Life (It really does taste like cake batter!)
- Any cheesy, veggie-filled omelet, like this Onion and Cheese Egg White Omelet from Sensual Appeal (I usually make it with one whole egg and some liquid egg whites.)
And ones I’m raring to try:
- Quinoa-stuffed Butternut Bulb from GreenLiteBites
- Nutritionella’s Butternut Squash Mac & Cheese (Just sub vegetable broth for the chicken broth called for in the recipe to make it truly vegetarian.)
- Deconstructed Meatball Sub from Jenni’s Ferris Wheel of Food (made with vegetarian meatballs)
Let’s chat: Are you an avowed meat-eater? Do you have a favorite vegetarian recipe I can add to the list?