Many people tend to sit on the fence when it comes to a decision to switch to healthy diet. This is because they believe that they will have to give up their demand for palate to go for low calorie and vegetarian recipes. Well, the good news is that there are actually tasty alternatives, and I am about to give you two examples.
1. Vegetarian Black Bean Burgers
You will need the following ingredients to prepare for this recipe:
* 1 can of black beans
* 1/2 of an onion
* 1/2 cup of flour
* 2 slices of bread
* 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
* 1 teaspoon of onion powder
* 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
* salt and pepper
To prepare, follow the steps below:
a) Dice and saute the onion for 4 to 5 minutes to make it soft.
b) Get a large bowl and put in the black beans. Mash them until they almost get smooth.
c) To the large bowl, add the sauteed onions, garlic powder, onion powder, and seasoned salt.
d) Crumble up the slices of bread and add them to the mix.
e) Add the flour to the mixture, a few tablespoons each time. Keep stirring after each addition.
f) Put a small amount of oil into a frying pan, heat it up.
g) Use your hands to scoop some of the mixture out of the bowl, and shape it into a pattie that is about 1/2 thick.
h) Fry the patties until they are firm.
You will be surprised how good these burgers taste.
2. Tofu Scramble
If you have ever tried vegetarian diet, you will know that tofu is always used as a meat substitute. And, the tofu scramble which we are about to try can be served as a wonderful substitute for scrambled eggs.
You need these ingredients:
* 1 block of tofu, drained and press
* 1/2 yellow onion
* 1/2 green pepper
* 1 teaspoon garlic powder
* 1 teaspoon onion powder
* 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
* 1 tablespoon soy sauce
* 2 tablespoons nutritional yeast
* 2 teaspoons oil or margarine
Here is how to cook:
a) Cut the tofu into one inch cubes. Then, crumble it slightly with a fork.
b) Dice your onion and bell pepper.
c) Add some oil or margarine to a skillet set to medium-high.
d) Add the onion, green pepper and tofu to the skillet. Cook for 4 or 5 minutes.
e) Add to the skillet with garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, soy sauce, and nutritional yeast.
f) Cook the tofu scramble for 6 or 7 minutes, stirring frequently. When it is done, pour onto a plate and enjoy.
You can also do with the tofu scramble whatever you may do with scrambled eggs, such as adding vegetables like tomatoes, mushrooms, spinach, and carrots.
If you just give a try to these two recipes, you will be convinced that low calorie and vegetarian recipes do not have to be bland or boring. In fact, there are thousands of vegetarian dishes out there that are tasty, easy to make, and yet good for your health.