Since I did my yoga teacher training last year, I've been trying to be more mindful and eat healthier foods. While I'm not a vegetarian, I have been eating less meat these days in an effort to promote sustainable living. I've actually discovered there are lots of delicious vegetarian dishes out there, and I'm really enjoying exploring new recipes. For today's post, I have enlisted the help of contributor Shelly Stinson. Shelly is a Denver-based freelance writer who is passionate about all things related to healthy living. She pulled together this round-up of totally doable, healthy vegetarian recipes. I tried a couple of them out, and let me tell you, I might just have a new favorite cookie recipe! That's a pretty big deal coming from a cookie monster like me. Keep reading to see the full scoop on some of Shelly's favorite vegetarian recipes - from linguine with caper and green olive sauce to asian inspired quinoa, and more:
By Shelly Stinson
Linguine with Caper and Green Olive Sauce from Real Simple
Nothing shows off culinary chops quite like a perfect Italian dish, and with ingredients like linguine with capers and green olive sauce you can also keep things healthy. Simply heat the oil, garlic (cancer fighter), and crushed red pepper (Vitamin A boost) over medium heat for about 2 minutes. Then add marinara sauce, olives (good against heart disease), capers (anti-oxidants), parsley (good for kidneys and blood pressure), and lemon zest, turning to low heat. Let it all simmer for about 15 minutes as you cook the linguine according to the directions on the box. And that's it! You toss it all together and it's ready to serve, making for a very quick, very healthy, and delicious Italian dish!
Asian Flavored Quinoa from All Recipes
If you are a fan of quinoa and enjoy the spice of Asian flavors, then you're going to love this recipe. Basically, you just toast quinoa in olive oil and then mix in a couple of cups of chicken broth (or for a vegan substitute, Not-Chick'n or vegetable bouillon), a little bit of soy sauce (use low-sodium so you don't go over your recommended salt intake), and some ginger and garlic - two ingredients that are known for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Cover it, cook it on low until the broth is gone, and then serve it with some chopped green onions sprinkled on top. Imagine how good your kitchen is going to smell!
Blueberry and White Chocolate Ginger Cookies from Eating Well
In the mood for something sweet that won't raise your blood sugar to unhealthy levels? Why not make cookies with ginger, white chocolate, and blueberries (a superfood known for its high level of antioxidants)? When you follow this recipe, you'll be able to enjoy a lower carb cookie which is beneficial if you're diabetic or otherwise watching your sugar intake.
Green Juice from Green Juice A Day
When you're mood for something light, you can blend up a refreshing glass of good-for-you green juice. Depending on which food ingredients you find most appealing, juices made from a variety of fruits and vegetables help give your body the nutrients it needs to have a higher level of health and lower risk of disease. Some combos to consider include pineapple, kale, cucumber, and jalapeno for a spicy kick; or romaine, spinach, kale, apples, cilantro, and lime.