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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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                                        12 Best Brain Foods that Improve Memory

                                        12 Best Brain Foods that Improve Memory

                                        Nutrition plays a vital role in brain function and staying sharp into the golden years. Personally, my husband is going through medical school, which is like a daily mental marathon. Like any good wife, I am always looking for things that will boost his memory fortitude so he does his best in school.

                                        But you don’t have to be a med student to appreciate better brainiac brilliance. If you combine certain foods with good hydration, proper sleep and exercise, you may just rival Einstein and have a great memory in no time.

                                        I’m going to reveal the list of foods coming out of the kitchen that can improve your memory and make you smarter.

                                        Here are 12 best brain foods that improve memory:

                                        1. Nuts

                                        The American Journal of Epidemiology published a study linking higher intakes of vitamin E with the prevention on cognitive decline.[1]

                                        Nuts like walnuts and almonds (along with other great foods like avocados) are a great source of vitamin E.

                                        Cashews and sunflower seeds also contain an amino acid that reduces stress by boosting serotonin levels.

                                        Walnuts even resemble the brain, just in case you forget the correlation, and are a great source of omega 3 fatty acids, which also improve your mental magnitude.

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                                        2. Blueberries

                                        Shown in studies at Tuffs University to benefit both short-term memory and coordination, blueberries pack quite a punch in a tiny blue package.[2]

                                        When compared to other fruits and veggies, blueberries were found to have the highest amount of antioxidants (especially flavonoids), but strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries are also full of brain benefits.

                                        3. Tomatoes

                                        Tomatoes are packed full of the antioxidant lycopene, which has shown to help protect against free-radical damage most notably seen in dementia patients.

                                        4. Broccoli

                                        While all green veggies are important and rich in antioxidants and vitamin C, broccoli is a superfood even among these healthy choices.

                                        Since your brain uses so much fuel (it’s only 3% of your body weight but uses up to 17% of your energy), it is more vulnerable to free-radical damage and antioxidants help eliminate this threat.

                                        Broccoli is packed full of antioxidants, is well-known as a powerful cancer fighter and is also full of vitamin K, which is known to enhance cognitive function.

                                        5. Foods Rich in Essential Fatty Acids

                                        Your brain is the fattest organ (not counting the skin) in the human body, and is composed of 60% fat. That means that your brain needs essential fatty acids like DHA and EPA to repair and build up synapses associated with memory.

                                        The body does not naturally produce essential fatty acids so we must get them in our diet.

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                                        Eggs, flax, and oily fish like salmon, sardines, mackerel and herring are great natural sources of these powerful fatty acids. Eggs also contain choline, which is a necessary building block for the neurotransmitter acetylcholine, to help you recall information and concentrate.

                                        6. Soy

                                        Soy, along with many other whole foods mentioned here, are full of proteins that trigger neurotransmitters associated with memory.

                                        Soy protein isolate is a concentrated form of the protein that can be found in powder, liquid, or supplement form.

                                        Soy is valuable for improving memory and mental flexibility, so pour soy milk over your cereal and enjoy the benefits.

                                        7. Dark chocolate

                                        When it comes to chocolate, the darker the better. Try to aim for at least 70% cocoa. This yummy desert is rich in flavanol antioxidants which increase blood flow to the brain and shield brain cells from aging.

                                        Take a look at this article if you want to know more benefits of dark chocolate:

                                        15 Surprising and Science-Backed Health Effects of Dark Chocolate

                                        8. Foods Rich in Vitamins: B vitamins, Folic Acid, Iron

                                        Some great foods to obtain brain-boosting B vitamins, folic acid and iron are kale, chard, spinach and other dark leafy greens.

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                                        B6, B12 and folic acid can reduce levels of homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine increases are found in patients with cognitive impairment like Alzheimer’s, and high risk of stroke.

                                        Studies showed when a group of elderly patients with mild cognitive impairment were given high doses of B6, B12, and folic acid, there was significant reduction in brain shrinkage compared to a similar placebo group.[3]

                                        Other sources of B vitamins are liver, eggs, soybeans, lentils and green beans. Iron also helps accelerate brain function by carrying oxygen. If your brain doesn’t get enough oxygen, it can slow down and people can experience difficulty concentrating, diminished intellect, and a shorter attention span.

                                        To get more iron in your diet, eat lean meats, beans, and iron-fortified cereals. Vitamin C helps in iron absorption, so don’t forget the fruits!

                                        9. Foods Rich in Zinc

                                        Zinc has constantly demonstrated its importance as a powerful nutrient in memory building and thinking. This mineral regulates communications between neurons and the hippocampus.

                                        Zinc is deposited within nerve cells, with the highest concentrations found in the hippocampus, the part of the brain responsible for higher learning function and memory.

                                        Some great sources of zinc are pumpkin seeds, liver, nuts, and peas.

                                        10. Gingko biloba

                                        This herb has been utilized for centuries in eastern culture and is best known for its memory boosting brawn.

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                                        It can increase blood flow in the brain by dilating vessels, increasing oxygen supply and removing free radicals.

                                        However, don’t expect results overnight: this may take a few weeks to build up in your system before you see improvements.

                                        11. Green and black tea

                                        Studies have shown that both green and black tea prevent the breakdown of acetylcholine—a key chemical involved in memory and lacking in Alzheimer’s patients.

                                        Both teas appear to have the same affect on Alzheimer’s disease as many drugs utilized to combat the illness, but green tea wins out as its affects last a full week versus black tea which only lasts the day.

                                        Find out more about green tea here:

                                        11 Health Benefits of Green Tea (+ How to Drink It for Maximum Benefits)

                                        12. Sage and Rosemary

                                        Both of these powerful herbs have been shown to increase memory and mental clarity, and alleviate mental fatigue in studies.

                                        Try to enjoy these savory herbs in your favorite dishes.

                                        When it comes to mental magnitude, eating smart can really make you smarter. Try to implement more of these readily available nutrients and see just how brainy you can be!

                                        Featured photo credit: Pexels via pexels.com

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