Five Fab Go To Vegetarian Recipes

Ask and you shall receive! After posting 25 Ways to Add Fruits and Veggies, you commented and emailed and asked for recipes. There are lots of other recipes that I like, but these…I love!

Five Favorite Vegetarian Recipes


Hummus is packed full of healthy fats and protein and one of my favorite spreads/dips or however you want to classify it. This is a recipe that I have modified from Eat, Drink & Be Vegan: Everyday Vegan Recipes Worth Celebrating

  • 3/4 cup raw cashews
  • 6 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked chickpeas (garbanzo beans)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tbsp tahini
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tbsp nutritional yeast
  • 1-2 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 4-6 tbsp water (to thin dip as desired)

In a food processor, combine cashews with 3 tbsp lemon juice and puree until almost smooth. Add remaining ingredients except water and remaining lemon juice and puree again until smooth, gradually adding lemon juice and water as desired to thin dip. Season to taste with additional salt or lemon juice. (I make mine really lemony!)

Serve with veggies or toasted pita points or use as spread for sandwiches. Enjoy!

Cincinnati Chili

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 12 oz. pkg. frozen veggie burger crumbles
  • 1 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 Cup tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. ground allspice
  • 1 Tbsp. light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp. hot pepper sauce

Heat the olive oil in a large frying pan and saute the onions until tender. Mix in the veggie burger crumbles and garlic and cook until the crumbles are no longer frozen. Stir in remaining ingredients. Heat over medium heat until the mixture begins to boil. Reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes or until thickened.

Serve over pasta or veggie dogs and top with shredded soy cheese and diced onion.

Rice and Veggies

Cook up a nice batch of rice using the quick boil method.

Toss rice in a hot wok with a little sesame oil.

Add broccoli, red peppers and scallions. (or your favorite veggies)

Mix with a ginger soy sauce and serve.

Modify this recipe to your heart’s desire.

Sesame Tomato Soup

This simple soup is a perfect starter or meal.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 small onion chopped
  • 1 28oz can San Marzano tomatoes or tomato  puree
  • 3 cups veggie broth
  • sesame oil to taste
  • black sesame seeds

Heat up olive oil and saute garlic and onions until soft. Add tomatoes and veggie broth and simmer for 30 minutes. Add sesame oil to taste. (about 2-4 tablespoons). Cook another 10 minutes and blend all ingredients. Serve and garnish with black sesame seeds. Great with garlic bread or bread sticks.

Last but not least…

Chocolate Peanut Butter Cups from The Kind Diet

warning: this is a vegan recipe but not a diet food! Not to mention, they are highly addictive.

1/2 cup Earth Balance butter

3/4 cup crunchy peanut butter (unsweetened and unsalted)

3/4 cup graham cracker crumbs or 10 graham cracker squares

1/4 cup maple sugar

1 cup nondairy chocolate or carob chips

1/4 cup soy, rice or nut milk

1/2 cup chopped pecans, almonds, or peanuts

Line a 12-cup muffin tin with paper liners. Melt the butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the peanut butter, graham cracker crumbs, and maple sugar and mix well. Remove the mixture from the heat. Evenly divide the mixture, approximately 2 tablespoons per cup, among the muffin cups.

Combine the chocolate and milk in another pan. Stir over medium heat until the chocolate has melted. Spoon the chocolate evenly over the peanut butter mixture. Top with chopped nuts. Place in the refrigerator to set for at least 2 hours before serving.

Now it’s your turn to share. Email me or comment with your favorite vegetarian recipe!



    • Courtney Carver says

      Tess, If you aren’t vegan, you can fry a couple of eggs before adding the rice and veggies for an added protein punch!

  1. says

    I love the idea of adding sesame seeds to tomato soup – I must try this one! I bet it’s like eating the soup with a sesame roll or bagel.

    • Courtney Carver says

      Lisa, This soup is a must try. I had it at a restaurant and begged the owner for the recipe. When I saw how simple it was, I was thrilled!

  2. says

    You are my veggie “soup”er hero.

    Lame jokes aside, I am so excited to try out your recipes. This makes me want to have a dinner party and invite some friends and their kids over to test out these delicious dishes. I know my 4 year old nephew is going to love some fresh veggies dipped in humus :].

    In Christ,
    Anne Marie

    • Courtney Carver says

      Anne Marie,

      You have to tell me if you host a veg-taste testing dinner party. I love the idea!

  3. Larissa from Australia says

    As a beginner Vegetarian of a Vegetarian husband, I have used several sanitarium products but our favourite has to be casserole mince, which I use in pasta for a vegetarian bolognaise or I use in mexican cooking. I’d have to say our favourite is
    Vegetarian Burritos.
    6 Wraps
    1 can Sanitarium Casserole Mince (soy meat substitute)
    1 tsp olive oil
    1 tsp crushed garlic
    1 small onion chopped finely or 1/2 tsp onion flakes
    1 red capsicum (bell pepper) finely diced
    1 small can sweetcorn kernels (or 1/2 cup frozen corn)
    cayenne pepper
    cheese/soy cheese

    heat oil in a pan
    add garlic, onion, capsicum and corn
    fry, stirring until colour increases in capiscum and corn or onion goes translucent
    add casserole mince and mix through
    add all spices and a little water to make it easy to work with
    continue cooking until heated all the way through
    prepare salad and cheese
    heat burrito wraps as per packet
    assemble burritos or allow family to have a go!

    Everyone likes this one, the girls get some salad and different nutrients into them and there is never any left overs!

  4. says

    I will try the hummus for sure! With cashews, yummmmm…!!!
    And by the way, I will be honored if you accept my “invitation” to a Minimalist Cocktail Party (a new project coming out soon!) by telling me what is your favorite meal? I will “bake” it for the “party”!
    Just let me know (on twitter, why not?!)
    Love your posts, inspiring and well worth reading!