Fresh and Easy Vegan and Vegetarian Meal Ideas

Fresh and Easy Vegan and Vegetarian Meal Ideas

Sometimes the vegetables you have on hand leave you wondering what you can possibly make out of this. If you’re looking for fresh and easy vegan and vegetarian meal ideas, I have 3 recipes for you.

My organic vegetable delivery box this week didn’t have anything new in it except for peppers I found out are shishito. I’ve never seen or heard of them before. They are popular in Japan and the U.S.

This week I got cilantro, swiss chard, radish, carrot, baby mixed lettuce, zucchini, corn, snow pea, and shishito pepper.

If you are into peppers and want to try these, I’ve got a recipe for you.

When I went to the website to check out the recipe, imagine my surprise when I saw a bag of these peppers from Trader Joes. Looks like people in the U.S. really do like these.

I miss out on all that living in a small town in Mexico.

The recipe is really simple so if you’re into these, enjoy!

Easy Sesame Shishito Peppers

I decided I wasn’t interested in them so I gave them away with the radishes, cilantro and snow peas.

I didn’t want to overload the dogs with too much of one vegetable. The same applies to your diet. Don’t just eat the same veggies all the time.

With the swiss chard, carrot, zucchini, and corn I made a soup. When there aren’t any major vegetables for a side dish or roasting, they either end up in a salad or soup.

Fresh corn in an instant pot is amazing and done in 4 minutes. If you have an Instant Pot, try it. I love my Instant Pot so much, I highly recommend having one. They are a big time saver.

If you want a salad, here you go.

Charred Zucchini Sweet Corn Mexican Salad

With this recipe, if I just wanted to use the zucchini and corn that came in my box, I’d cut the recipe in half.

I would leave out the sweet pepper because I’m not a big fan of peppers except jalapeno and poblano. It’s ok to leave something out you don’t like unless it’s a major flavor in the recipe.

I always substitute parsley for cilantro because I’m in that small percentage of people that can’t tolerate cilantro.

In the dressing, if you don’t have agave syrup you can use honey if you’re not vegan.

Even after my flavor reducing substitutions, this is still a fresh, flavor-packed salad.

Winter Minestrone Soup

Vegetable soup recipes are very forgiving, meaning you can change out vegetables pretty easily when the recipe has several.

I had lots of carrots so I used all of them. I had a small butternut squash so I added that, but if you have plenty of carrots, it won’t be missed.

I used swiss chard instead of kale.

I like to use fresh herbs instead of dry. I usually add a couple different herbs. Because this is an Italian soup, I added a sprig of oregano, some thyme, and about 3-inch long section of rosemary. Rosemary is very strong so you use much less than the other herbs.

You’ll check the carrots of doneness before adding the tomatoes and beans if you aren’t using squash.

A 15 ounce can of beans is 1 1/2 cups if you make your own beans. I make beans and rice in my Instant Pot.

I also make pasta in the Instant Pot. It only takes 4 minutes for a whole bag of any type of pasta and it comes out perfect every time. No waiting forever for the water to boil or stirring.

If you’re adding pasta to something else after it cooks, cook it at least one minute less than what it says on the bag or box of pasta. That way it won’t turn to mush.

If you enjoy vegetable soup, try these:

3 Squash Vegetable Soup

Ageless Antioxidant Vegetable Soup

Super Healthy Roasted Tomato Soup Recipe

Health and nutrition are a big passion of mine because, without your health, all the success you can achieve is meaningless. In 1981 I started seriously studying health, nutrition, and the mind/body connection. I stopped eating meat in 1990 for health reasons and compassion for animals. In 1999 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. In 2005, the day after Christmas, I lost my mother at the age of 69 to lung cancer. Since then, helping others to regain their health by making simple changes has become a driving force in my life.

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