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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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                                        10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                        10 Simple Morning Exercises That Will Make You Feel Great All Day

                                        There are lots of studies that show if you do some exercise in the morning, you will be in a better mood all day long. You will have more energy and you will certainly be a better colleague, friend or partner.

                                        One psychologist at Duke University has researched the effects of exercise on depressed patients and he has come to the conclusion that exercise has a definite role in treating this condition and has an important role in preventing people from relapsing.[1] According to the New York Times, scientists have now established that exercise also boosts your brain power.[2]

                                        In addition, there are studies from the Appalachian State University which show that blood pressure can be reduced by doing regular morning exercise.[3]

                                        Here are 10 simple morning exercises that will help you feel great the whole day long. You can include some of them in your morning exercise routine or do them all at home without having to enrol in a gym. Consult your doctor before starting any form of exercise routine if you are new to this.

                                        1. Cat Camel Stretch

                                        Stretching exercises are useful for muscle toning and also preventing arthritis. They can either be dynamic or static.

                                        Dynamic ones such as the cat camel stretch, are particularly useful for doing other exercises in the morning. They are also beneficial at other times of the day, especially after long periods of sedentary work. This one is great for spinal flexibility and is a good warm up exercise.

                                        Kneel down on all fours. Start by rounding your back just like a camel so that your head will try to meet your pelvis. This is the camel position. Then lower and lift your head so that your lower back is arched. This is the cat position. Do these movements slowly and smoothly. About 4 or 5 times.

                                        Here’s a video to guide you through:

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                                        2. Go for a Walk or a Run

                                        This is better done outside so that you can connect with nature but running inside on a treadmill is almost as good. You can time yourself and increase length and time according to your fitness program.

                                        Always have new goals to reach. Start with brisk walking and work up to running. At my age, I am still walking!

                                        The health benefits are considerable. You can build stronger bones and you can help to maintain your weight.

                                        Also, you are helping your heart to stay healthy and keeping your blood pressure low.

                                        Learn more about the benefits of running here: 8 Benefits of Running 5 Minutes Every Day You Didn’t Know

                                        3. Jumping Jacks

                                        Michelle Obama is a great fan of this exercise and has become “Jumper in Chief.”[4] They are great for cardiovascular health and also for toning muscles especially the calves and the deltoids.

                                        Stand with feet together. Jump while spreading your arms and legs. Return to first position and keep going! You can start with doing these for 1 minute and then gradually build up to the number you are comfortable with. Here’s how:

                                        4. Abductor Side Lifts

                                        Watch the video below to see how to do this exercise. These muscles are important because you use them everyday to run, get into the car or onto and off a bicycle. They are very important also for your core stability and prevent the pelvis from tilting.[5]

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                                        Do about 10 to 15 raises for each side like this:

                                        5. Balancing Table Pose

                                        This is a classic yoga pose. It benefits the spine, balance, memory and concentration.

                                        Start with the table pose (hands and knees). Breathe in before starting each movement. As you exhale, raise your left leg parallel to the floor as you raise the right arm, also parallel to the floor. Breathe in as you lower arm and leg. Repeat for the other side. 10 repetitions on each side is a good starting point.

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                                          6. Leg Squats

                                          Not just legs are involved but also hips and knees.

                                          Stand with your feet a bit further out from your hips. Arms are out in front of you. Then lower yourself as if you wanted to sit down until you reach a 90 degree angle. You can go down further if you want to. Then return to the starting position. Repeat 15 times for 2 sets for beginners.

                                          The benefits are that these exercises help with knee stability and can benefit the leg muscles such as quadriceps, hamstrings and calves.[6]

                                          7. Push Ups

                                          You start lying down (face down) but with your body held up at arm’s length. Your hands should be in line with your shoulders. Breathe in as you lower your body. That is fairly easy. Now, as you exhale, you have to get back up to the starting position.

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                                          An easier version to start with is to bend your legs at the knees so you do not have to lift your whole body.

                                          Beginners may take up to a month to be able to do 100 push ups so you will have to start with a very small number and gradually increase it.

                                          This exercise is great for strengthening the chest, shoulders and the triceps. It is a great strengthening exercise for many muscle groups. In fact, most muscles from the toes to the shoulders are being used.

                                          8. Bicycle Crunches

                                          There are numerous crunch exercises targeting the abs. The bicycle crunch is a variation where you work more muscle groups. Aim for 15 to 20 reps to start off with.

                                          Watch the video to see how this is done correctly:

                                          9. Lunges

                                          Stand with feet shoulder width apart. Place your hand on your hips. Take one giant step forward with the right leg. Make sure the knee does not go too far forward, that is, past your toes. The left knee will go down to almost floor level. Alternate the legs as you go on.

                                          Try to do a set of between 8 and 12 reps for each leg. It is important to allow for a day of rest, so this exercise should be done on alternate days, especially if you are using weights.

                                          This exercise is great for strengthening and toning the quadriceps, glutes and hamstrings.

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                                          10. Bicep Curls

                                          You can do this sitting down so if you spend a lot of time on the phone, this is a great exercise to do.

                                          Choose suitable dumbbells or another household object that you can easily hold. Sit down with the dumbbell in your hand. You need to sit forward a bit so that your triceps can lean on your thigh to give you support.

                                          Then bring the weighted arm up to shoulder length and then down again. Exhale as you lift the weight and inhale as you lower it.

                                          Here’re some important notes before you start doing this exercise:

                                          Try to do one or two sets of about ten repetitions for each arm and then switch arms.

                                          These exercises are really useful for toning the arm muscles.[7] In addition, they can strengthen and tone the brachioradialis muscle located in the forearm. These are the muscles we use to pick up things when we flex the arm at the elbow so we use these muscles countless times a day.

                                          You may have to build in a rest day for the heavier exercises, numbers 6–10. On the rest days, you can do gentler stretching exercises and also some walking or running.

                                          Morning exercise is not only a great mood booster, but will help you keep your weight down and also sleep better![8] Start including one or some of these exercises in your morning routine!

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