Vegetarian Comfort Foods

April 10, 2013

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A vegetarian diet is a great way to control just what you are putting in your body each and every day. Vegetarian diets are healthy and full of vitamins and minerals and it is not only a great way to lose weight but also to learn what type of food allergies you might possibly have by cutting out items like eggs and dairy.

For most vegetarian eaters, the toughest part of being on a vegetarian diet is finding comfort foods to rival those less than healthy ones you may have had as a child. But there are vegetarian varieties of just about every food under the sun, meaning that you can get the same comfort with less fat and calories.

Gluten free Vegetarian Mexican Lasagna RecipeVegetarian lasagna is one of the easiest comfort foods you can make. Spinach makes a great replacement for meat and bell peppers can give you the same spice that a meat like sausage would. Paired with a rich tomato sauce and a touch of ricotta cheese, this is a low fat and low calorie dish that will have you feeling full and satisfied.

Vegetarian chili is another one of those dishes that seems impossible but is in fact impossibly easy. Instead of using a meat based sauce, a navy or kidney bean sauce seasoned with chili powder can give you the same satisfaction. Soy or tofu can give you the same texture if you are looking for something a little thicker.

Are you a big fan of burgers out on the grill? A vegetarian diet does not mean you have to miss out on this summer treat. A black bean hamburger patty can cook well on the grill, giving you the same smoky taste that you crave with a fraction of the fat. You can also take previously cooked black bean patties and crumble them up to use for meat replacement in meals like chili and spaghetti.

Butternut squash mac and cheese is a decadent dish that will give you the rib sticking comfort of the original dish with only a fraction of the fat and calories. By using pureed butternut squash mixed in with your cheese, you are able to cut the amount of cheese and milk used in the dish in half without sacrificing taste. This is a great dish for the winter months because it is warm, heavy in your stomach and has all of that great fall taste.

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