5 Easy and Delicious Recipes for a Vegetarian Newbie

5 Easy and Delicious Recipes for a Vegetarian Newbie


For the past 3 weeks I have been following a somewhat unconventional diet, well I wouldn’t call it a diet but let’s rather say an avant-garde lifestyle. My husband dubbed it “The Weekatarian” lifestyle.

It entails following a vegetarian diet during the week and over weekends, meat is allowed.

I am not going to go into the details of the core ethos why I am doing it, but in a nutshell – The meat industry is currently impacting the environment on a much bigger scale than most of us are aware of. I suggest you watch Cowspiracy to give you a glimpse of what I am talking about.

Following a vegetarian diet during the week and an omnivorous diet over weekends, allows me to contribute on some level to environmental sustainability without forsaking some manifestations of my South Africa culture, such as having a braai over the weekend. The merits and demerits about this lifestyle I’ll discuss in a later post.

Let’s get back to why I am actually writing this post today, it’s all about good food. Being a newbie in the vegetarian arena I had to experiment a lot with recipes over the past 3 weeks and I have found some delish dishes.

Let me just say, I am a lazy cook so you should know the recipes I am sharing below are super easy to make, and won’t keep you in the kitchen all night.

1. Vegetable Curry – Tim Shieff

I love watching Jamie’s Olivers Foodtube, and contributor Tim Shieff dished up this amazing Vegetable Curry. A bonus is , it’s Vegan as well!

2. Whole-wheat Cous Cous salad with Haloumi & Roasted Sweet Potato – Recipe by: Simply Delicious

This recipe is great for lunches and dinners. I just replace the Chicken Stock with Vegetable Stock.


Whole Wheat Cous Cous Salad
Source: Simply Delicious

3. Butternut stuffed with Cream Spinach – Recipe by: Cook Sister

Ok, I am only realizing now that all the recipes I have shared thus far uses butternut. It’s just such a versatile vegetable plus one cup of butternut provides a whopping 437% of your Vitamin A needs for the day. Don’t get me started on the benefits of Vitamin A, it helps maintain healthy vision, gives you clear skin and builds strong bones.



4. Mushroom Burgers – Recipe by: Food & Home

Portobello mushrooms are a staple in my fridge. They are so nifty, you can stuff them, use them as burger buns if you are looking for a carb-free option, or you can use them as replacement for a meat patty such as in the dish below.




5. Vegetable Chow Mein – Recipe by: Pickled and Plum

The wonder of any Vegetable Chow Mein is, you can add any vegetables to the recipe and it will still taste good. Chop chop and this dinner is ready in 20 minutes.


Give these recipes a go , I promise you won’t be disappointed. Happy cooking!
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