Whether you are thinking of starting with a vegetarian diet this new year or just want to add more fruit, vegetables to your dishes (a good strategy against the excesses that you may have committed during Christmas and to improve the quality of your diet in general), vegetarian dishes are a good option to include in your menus.
Vegetarian dishes, based as much as possible on food and not on ultra-processed products, and cooked at home, can help you return to your weight and add vitamins and nutrients from these plant-based foods. These are our favorite vegetarian dishes and they will not be missing from our January menus.
First of all, it should be remembered that not everything that is labeled with the word vegetarian or vegan has to be healthy: we can find within this group products such as industrial bakery or ultra-processed snacks that, despite being vegetarian, have no place in a healthy diet.
In addition, if what we are looking for is to lose weight, we must bear in mind that what matters is the global of what we eat throughout the day throughout the day: a salad at lunchtime, on its own, not it will make you lose weight by magic (just like an unhealthy meal in isolation will not make you fat). Put the focus on the whole of your diet throughout the day.
Snacking mid-morning or mid-afternoon is usually a key moment when it comes to eating a healthy diet globally. We usually eat well in the main meals, but in those moments of “snack” is when we are more difficult to choose healthy snacks. Therefore, we leave you with a few vegetarian and healthy snacks, easy to prepare, so you always have them at hand.
Light spinach pancakes: simple pancakes prepared in the oven that can be taken as a snack in the middle of the morning or mid-afternoon. They carry wheat flour, but you can also cover them with chickpea flour if you want.
Baked potato and zucchini snacks: potato, zucchini and brewer’s yeast are the necessary ingredients (in addition to spices to taste) to prepare these tasty baked snacks. You can freeze them before baking to have them ready for any occasion.
Crunchy sticks of roasted carrots: a recipe that can not be simpler. You will only need carrots, spices and baked. You can consume them alone but they are also perfect to dip in some healthy sauce.
Avocado Hummus: and speaking of healthy sauces, our favorite is, undoubtedly, avocado hummus. To the traditional recipe of homemade hummus we add avocado and dried chili pepper to give it a very special flavor. You can put it in a tupper and take it to work to peck at midmorning.
Glasses of mango, yogurt and chia seeds: perfect for snack time, these cups of mango, yogurt and chia seeds will delight the whole family. Remember that you will have to hydrate the chia seeds at least half an hour in advance.
Paleo-style chocolate and nut cookies: for occasional consumption we can also get down to work and prepare this recipe for paleo-chocolate cookies and nuts at home. If you want you can change the birch sugar for homemade dates purée.
Pineapple, mango and coconut smoothie: smoothies are a good option to take between meals and, if we want to prepare them quickly, we can freeze the fruits that we are going to use already cut inside a bag with zip so that it is only to pour in the blender, beat and ready.
Ethiopian eggplant dip: another rich cream for dippear, less common than hummus but equally tasty, it is based on eggplant. With a more exotic flavor, we can prepare a good amount at once and keep it in the fridge for a couple of days.
Crunchy crackers of garbanzo and zaatar: and to dippear in this sauce, in addition to crudités, we can opt for these homemade chickpea crackers. To keep well a few days is necessary to store them in an airtight container.
Spicy chickpea snack: one of our favorite snacks because it is prepared in a moment and is delicious. Just like crackers, if you prepare a good quantity it is important to store them in an airtight container. You can change the spices to your liking to discover new flavors.