BEFORE you go to the market, go to the library! Pretty much every public library has cookbooks you can check out. (My favorite is Laurel's Kitchen, an oooollllddd classic vegetarian cookbook with recipes that even meat eaters like.) They're also likely to have cooking magazines like "Vegetarian Times." You can't check out the latest ones, but you can find recipes that look good and photocopy them, and they'll probably have past years' magazines in binders that you can borrow. To save time, take the book to the market with you and use the recipes as a shopping list.
If you're not on Pinterest, join. =) It's really helpful if you like seeing pictures WITH recipes.
My other suggestion is trying to incorporate smoothies once a day. It's a great way to get fruits and veggies, and you can just add whatever protein base you like (powders or tofu, or nuts). This really helped me bump up my daily nutrition.
I suffered from more cravings when I wasn't getting 60-70 grams of protein daily. So I'd encourage you to eat lots of vegetarian proteins, legumes, nuts, seeds to help =). Including fiber and fat really helped me.
I'm not vegetarian, but my favorites are: pumpkin seeds, walnuts, sunflower seeds, almonds, peanut butter, flaxmeal, BEANS of all kinds, Hemp protein powder... some of the cheese/dairy substitutes are very tasty too, but expensive... And also, the more veggies you eat, especially dark green ones, the more small amounts of protein you'll get. It does add up.
amazon.com has a TON of vegetarian cookbooks. Also, vegan. I have no problem with popcorn and Tab for dinner. What you eat the rest of the day matters, though.
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I am not a vegetarian, but I do cook occasional vegetarian meals! Have you every tried something like a lasagna florentine? It is meatless but it contains high amounts of protein from the spinach and cheese and its also delicous! Heres just a quick list of things I could come up with: Lasagna Florentine Ratatouile Sesame Ginger Stirfry w/ Tofu (tofu will take on any flavor) avocado mango salad w/ curry dressing
I hope this helps and if you need anymore ideas feel free to email me! Good Luck!
Figure out foods you like, look at the macronutrients (carbs/protein/fat) get a decent ratio of those and start making meals. If that's a bit overwhelming, then you can turn on Spark's meal plan and choose the vegetarian option and use the ideas there as a starting point.
Good morning, I just joined and am feeling eager to get started. I am a vegetarian but a very unhealthy eater. My normal dinner is popcorn and Tab. I need help from anyone and suggestions for meals. I am going to do my marketing later today once I shovel out from all the snow we got yesterday here in N.E.
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