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20 To Die For Vegetarian Recipes

20 To Die For Vegetarian Recipes

Maybe it’s just me, but I get super annoyed when restaurants or functions offer incredibly crappy vegetarian options, particularly when there are so many delicious recipes out there. Thankfully this trend is starting to change, but I still occasionally see a sad looking vegetarian lasagna or people’s plates at weddings. So let’s prove just how awesome a meat-free lifestyle can be by checking out these incredible recipes.

Breakfast

1. Almond Sweet Potato Biscuits with Mushroom Gravy

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    Chow down on this amazing Southern inspired breakfast vegetarian style.

    2. Baked Egg and Avocado Tostadas

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      Avocado is a vegetarian’s best friends. Not only is it one of the most delicious things on the planet, it’s incredibly versatile. You can have it in a tostada for breakfast, and then pop some into a smoothie or dessert. Now excuse me while I go and make this immediately.

      3. Black Quinoa Corn Muffins

        Okay, I know quinoa is one of those trendy super foods everyone is eating at the moment without thinking of the exploitation surrounding the South American farmers who are cultivating it. However, if you’re willing to look you can find it locally grown and can therefore have delicious, guilt-free muffins!

        4. Breakfast Tacos

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          Eggs and beans, baby! It makes me sad this isn’t more of a thing in Australia, unless you count baked beans. Also, whoever invented breakfast tacos is a god.

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          5. Moroccan Vegetable Tagine

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            I’m not sure why, but I’ve always considered tagine to be a breakfast food. Maybe it’s something about the mixture of sweet and savory? Regardless, you can definitely have this delicious dish at anytime of the day, but personally I want to get to this bad boy as early as possible.

            6. Mushroom Crepe Cake


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              So apparently we no longer have to choose between cake and crepes and combining the two makes it a socially acceptable breakfast recipe. I for one am darn excited about this.

              7. Southwestern Tofu Scramble

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                Because you can’t have breakfast recipes without including a scramble! This is completely vegan friendly and looks delectable.

                Mains

                1. Beet Bourguignon

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                  A vegetarian twist on a classic that was made famous by Julia Childs. This recipe proves you don’t need meat to make a hearty, rich stew. And for those who are worried about the flavor of the beets taking over, fear not! That mostly comes from when they’re canned or pickled. Fresh beets have a far more subtle flavor that won’t override your palate.

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                  2. Mint and Mango Zucchini Spaghetti

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                    You can’t get much healthier than this recipe, which makes it great for those who aren’t into going heavy on the carbs at dinnertime. I’d never really thought of pairing mint with mango, but this looks absolutely divine.

                    3. BBQ Tempeh and Sweet Potato Sandwich


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                      I just need to hear the word ‘barbecue’ and I’m on board with pretty much whatever is going on, at least in a culinary sense. Tempeh makes a fantastic substitution for meat in a BBQ situation because it’s quite substantial and filling. I also like the addition of the sweet potato as a healthier option than the regular starch-tastic kind.

                      4. Chili Polenta Pot Pie

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                        Is there anything more comforting than pot pie when the weather starts cooling down? Since I’m in the southern hemisphere and will be heading into winter soon, I’ll be getting all over this.

                        5. Aloo Gobi

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                          For those who haven’t heard of it before, Aloo Gobi is a traditional Indian cauliflower curry and it’s absolutely to die for. It’s perfect for all of you vegetarians who enjoy a bit of spice in your life.

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                          6. Vegetarian Wellington

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                            Another vegetarian take on an old classic. This recipe is perfect to take along to any of the major holidays, or to just have at home as a treat for yourself.

                            7. Sweet Potato and Quinoa Chili

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                              I couldn’t do a post about vegetarian dishes without including this beauty. For one thing, my friend Katie would have killed me (I’m pretty sure she is its biggest fan). Secondly, it is so amazingly delicious and filling. It’s a must-have winter staple. The best thing is you really can throw is any extra veggies that you want. It’s chili, after all!

                              Snacks, Sides, Soups and Salads

                              1. Peanut Soba Spring/Rice Paper Rolls

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                                This light, healthy and delicious dish is perfect as a side, snack or even lunch. I can’t imagine they would last very long at a party, either.

                                2. Baked Spinach and Artichoke Dip

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                                  Gosh darn I love me some cob loaf. Put it in front of me and I may actually stab anyone else who tries to get near it. This remains true for this much healthier and 100% vegan version.

                                  3. Kale Chips

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                                    A healthier option than potato or even sweet potato, kale chips give you that satisfying crunch with far fewer calories. If would also recommend adding a small amount of fancy salt (such as chocolate or truffle) if you have any.

                                    4. Creamy Lemon Barley Salad with Asparagus and Peppered Almond Feta

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                                      Yes, apparently all of those delicious things can in fact be in one salad. Mind = blown.

                                      5. Bloody Mary Minestrone

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                                      You guys should have learned by now if I can find a way to incorporate booze into a place where it traditionally doesn’t belong, I will. In addition to the vodka, the soup seems to be a lovely winter staple that I can’t wait to try.

                                      6. (Not) Sausage Rolls – Lentil Pastry Rolls with Preserved Lemon & Mint

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                                        What a fantastic snack or side, particularly to take to a party! The lentils make for a great filler for the rolls, whereas the lemon and mint make it fun and zesty!

                                        Featured photo credit: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c8/Aloo_gobi.jpg via Aloo Gobi

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                                        Last Updated on November 19, 2019

                                        20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                                        20 Time Management Tips to Super Boost Your Productivity

                                        Are you usually punctual or late? Do you finish things within the time you stipulate? Do you hand in your reports/work on time? Are you able to accomplish what you want to do before deadlines? Are you a good time manager?

                                        If your answer is “no” to any of the questions above, that means you’re not managing your time as well as you want. Here are 20 time management tips to help you manage time better:

                                        1. Create a Daily Plan

                                        Plan your day before it unfolds. Do it in the morning or even better, the night before you sleep. The plan gives you a good overview of how the day will pan out. That way, you don’t get caught off guard. Your job for the day is to stick to the plan as best as possible.

                                        2. Peg a Time Limit to Each Task

                                        Be clear that you need to finish X task by 10am, Y task by 3pm, and Z item by 5:30pm. This prevents your work from dragging on and eating into time reserved for other activities.

                                        3. Use a Calendar

                                        Having a calendar is the most fundamental step to managing your daily activities. If you use outlook or lotus notes, calendar come as part of your mailing software.

                                        I use it. It’s even better if you can sync your calendar to your mobile phone and other hardwares you use – that way, you can access your schedule no matter where you are. Here’re the 10 Best Calendar Apps to Stay on Track .

                                        Find out more tips about how to use calendar for better time management here: How to Use a Calendar to Create Time and Space

                                        4. Use an Organizer

                                        An organizer helps you to be on top of everything in your life. It’s your central tool to organize information, to-do lists, projects, and other miscellaneous items.

                                        These Top 15 Time Management Apps and Tools can help you organize better, pick one that fits your needs.

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                                        5. Know Your Deadlines

                                        When do you need to finish your tasks? Mark the deadlines out clearly in your calendar and organizer so you know when you need to finish them.

                                        But make sure you don’t make these 10 Common Mistakes When Setting Deadlines.

                                        6. Learn to Say “No”

                                        Don’t take on more than you can handle. For the distractions that come in when you’re doing other things, give a firm no. Or defer it to a later period.

                                        Leo Babauta, the founder of Zen Habits has some great insights on how to say no: The Gentle Art of Saying No

                                        7. Target to Be Early

                                        When you target to be on time, you’ll either be on time or late. Most of the times you’ll be late. However, if you target to be early, you’ll most likely be on time.

                                        For appointments, strive to be early. For your deadlines, submit them earlier than required.

                                        Learn from these tips about how to prepare yourself to be early, instead of just in time.

                                        8. Time Box Your Activities

                                        This means restricting your work to X amount of time. Why time boxing is good for you? Here’re 10 reasons why you should start time-boxing.

                                        You can also read more about how to do time boxing here: #5 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity.

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                                        9. Have a Clock Visibly Placed Before You

                                        Sometimes we are so engrossed in our work that we lose track of time. Having a huge clock in front of you will keep you aware of the time at the moment.

                                        10. Set Reminders 15 Minutes Before

                                        Most calendars have a reminder function. If you have an important meeting to attend, set that alarm 15 minutes before.

                                        You can learn more about how reminders help you remember everything in this article: The Importance of Reminders (And How to Make a Reminder That Works)

                                        11. Focus

                                        Are you multi-tasking so much that you’re just not getting anything done? If so, focus on just one key task at one time. Multitasking is bad for you.

                                        Close off all the applications you aren’t using. Close off the tabs in your browser that are taking away your attention. Focus solely on what you’re doing. You’ll be more efficient that way.

                                        Lifehack’s CEO has written a definitive guide on how to focus, learn the tips: How to Focus and Maximize Your Productivity (the Definitive Guide)

                                        12. Block out Distractions

                                        What’s distracting you in your work? Instant messages? Phone ringing? Text messages popping in?

                                        I hardly ever use chat nowadays. The only times when I log on is when I’m not intending to do any work. Otherwise it gets very distracting.

                                        When I’m doing important work, I also switch off my phone. Calls during this time are recorded and I contact them afterward if it’s something important. This helps me concentrate better.

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                                        Find more tips on how to minimize distractions to achieve more in How to Minimize Distraction to Get Things Done

                                        13. Track Your Time Spent

                                        When you start to track your time, you’re more aware of how you spend your time. For example, you can set a simple countdown timer to make sure that you finish a task within a period of time, say 30 minutes or 1 hour. The time pressure can push you to stay focused and work more efficiently.

                                        You can find more time tracking apps here and pick one that works for you.

                                        14. Don’t Fuss About Unimportant Details

                                        You’re never get everything done in exactly the way you want. Trying to do so is being ineffective.

                                        Trying to be perfect does you more harm than good, learn here about how perfectionism kills your productivity and how to ditch the perfectionism mindset.

                                        15. Prioritize

                                        Since you can’t do everything, learn to prioritize the important and let go of the rest.

                                        Apply the 80/20 principle which is a key principle in prioritization. You can also take up this technique to prioritize everything on your plate: How to Prioritize Right in 10 Minutes and Work 10X Faster

                                        16. Delegate

                                        If there are things that can be better done by others or things that are not so important, consider delegating. This takes a load off and you can focus on the important tasks.

                                        When you delegate some of your work, you free up your time and achieve more. Learn about how to effectively delegate works in this guide: How to Delegate Work (the Definitive Guide for Successful Leaders)

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                                        17. Batch Similar Tasks Together

                                        For related work, batch them together.

                                        For example, my work can be categorized into these core groups:

                                        1. writing (articles, my upcoming book)
                                        2. coaching
                                        3. workshop development
                                        4. business development
                                        5. administrative

                                        I batch all the related tasks together so there’s synergy. If I need to make calls, I allocate a time slot to make all my calls. It really streamlines the process.

                                        18. Eliminate Your Time Wasters

                                        What takes your time away your work? Facebook? Twitter? Email checking? Stop checking them so often.

                                        One thing you can do is make it hard to check them – remove them from your browser quick links / bookmarks and stuff them in a hard to access bookmarks folder. Replace your browser bookmarks with important work-related sites.

                                        While you’ll still checking FB/Twitter no doubt, you’ll find it’s a lower frequency than before.

                                        19. Cut off When You Need To

                                        The number one reason why things overrun is because you don’t cut off when you have to.

                                        Don’t be afraid to intercept in meetings or draw a line to cut-off. Otherwise, there’s never going to be an end and you’ll just eat into the time for later.

                                        20. Leave Buffer Time In-Between

                                        Don’t pack everything closely together. Leave a 5-10 minute buffer time in between each tasks. This helps you wrap up the previous task and start off on the next one.

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