Vegetarian Recipes for Weight loss

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Whether it’s #MeatFreeMonday, #FriendsNotFood, #Veganuary or just #TryingToBeHealthier, there are plenty of reasons to eat some vegetarian food.

But when you’re trying to lose weight it’s not always easy.

It should be simple right? I mean vegetables are low in calories after all.

The problem is, most diets don’t cater that well for vegetarians.

So, where do you find meal inspiration? How do you know what you should be eating?

Well, as always, we’ve got you covered…6 Vegetarian recipes to get your chops around. Including one mouth watering dessert.

Have I tickled your taste buds enough? Well, let’s get on with it…

Vegetarian Recipes for Weight Loss - Bounty Oats with Dark Chocolate

Bounty Oats with dark chocolate, easy to prepare and delicious

What you need

  • 1 cup oats (90g/3.17 oz.)
  • 2 tbsp. desiccated coconut
  • 6.7 fl. oz. (200ml) coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp. coconut sugar or honey
  • 1.7 oz. (50g) dark chocolate, chopped
  • Handful of Raspberries

What you need to do

Place the oats in a saucepan and add 1 ½ glasses of water and the desiccated coconut. Bring to boil then reduce heat, and cook covered for about 10 minutes, in the meantime stir 2 - 3 times.

 Remove the lid, add coconut milk and sugar. Mix and remove from the heat.

Divide between bowls, sprinkle with chopped chocolate and top raspberries to serve.

Vegetarian Recipes for Weight Loss - Roasted Root Veg Salad with Feta

A nice healthy salad to help you lose weight

What you need

  • 2 medium carrots, peeled
  • 2 medium parsnips, peeled
  • 1 lb. (450g) pumpkin, peeled
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 4 oz. (120g) rocket
  • 2 oz. (50g) feta
  • ¼ cup (30g) pumpkin seeds

What you need to do

Pre-heat the oven to 400F (200C).

Wash and peel the carrots and parsnips. Cut them into small strips. Peel and cube the pumpkin.

Place all the vegetables into a roasting tray, and grease evenly with 1 tbsp. of olive oil. Season with salt and pepper, and roast in the oven for 20-30 mins (depending on the thickness of the vegetables).

Once cooked add the roasted vegetables and rocket to a large bowl and drizzle with the remaining 1 tbsp. of olive oil.

Sprinkle with crumbled feta cheese and pumpkin seeds, and season with salt and pepper to serve.

Vegetarian Recipes for Weight Loss - Tofu in Peanut Sauce

Vegetarian Recipes for Weight Loss - Tofu in Peanut Sauce

What you need

  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil 
  • 2 ¼ cups (400g) tender stem broccoli
  • 1 3/8 cups (350g) firm tofu 

For the Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup (65g) natural peanut butter
  • 2 tbsp. tamari or soy sauce
  • 2 tbsp. water
  • 5 tbsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1/2 tsp. chili flakes 
  • 1 tbsp. ginger, grated

What you need to do

Firstly, prepare the tofu. Drain all the water, and sandwich it between two paper towels and two plates. Place a heavy item like a can on the top plate. Press for at least 30 minutes.

 Cut the tofu into 1/2 inch (1.25 cm) cubes.

Mix all the sauce ingredients and set aside. Steam or boil the tender stem broccoli until tender, set aside.

In the meantime, heat the coconut oil in the pan over medium heat and cook the tofu for around 10-15 mins, occasionally turning, until browned. Add in the earlier prepared sauce and stir well. Remove from heat and serve with the cooked broccoli.

Vegetarian Recipes for Weight Loss - Leek and Pea Soup with Mint

Creamy and filling vegetarian soup

What you need

  • 2 tsp. coconut oil
  • 3 ¼ cups (400g) leek, chopped
  • 4 cups (1L) water
  • 2 vegetable stock cubes
  • 3 cups (450g) garden peas
  • ½ cup (15g) fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 ¼ cup (150g) light feta, crumbled

What you need to do

Heat the oil in a large saucepan and cook the leek for 2 minutes. Add the water and the stock cubes. Bring to the boil and cook for a further 5 minutes.

Add in the garden peas and cook for another 2 minutes. Put three-quarters of the basil into the soup, turn off the heat and puree with a hand blender until smooth. 

Divide the soup over 4 bowls and sprinkle with the crumbled cheese and the rest of the basil to serve. Season with freshly ground pepper.

Vegetarian Recipes for Weight Loss - Slow Cooker Cauliflower Tikka Masala

So easy to make this vegetarian meal if you're trying to lose weight

What you need

  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 small cauliflower head, cut into florets (about 4 cups florets)
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tbsp. ginger, grated
  • 3 tbsp. curry powder
  • 3 ½ cups (800g) can diced tomatoes with their juice (about 3 cups)
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1/2 cup (120ml) full-fat coconut milk (canned)
  • Handful fresh parsley
  • 1/3 cup (50g) cashews roasted

What you need to do

Add the coconut oil, cauliflower, onion, garlic, ginger, curry powder to the slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper.

 Pour in the diced tomatoes and honey stir to mix everything.

Cook on high for about 3-4 hours or the cauliflower is tender.

Add the coconut milk, and stir well. Cook for another 3-5 mins on low until warmed through.

Serve topped with chopped coriander and roasted cashews, accompanied by rice (not included in nutrition info). 

Vegetarian Recipes for Weight Loss - Vegan Chocolate Orange Mousse

Everyone deserves a pudding, even if you're trying to lose weight

What you need

  • 1 cup sweet potato, peeled and cooked (225g/0.5 lb sweet potato)
  • ½ cup (125g) smooth peanut butter
  • ½ cup (50g) natural cocoa powder
  • 6 tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 tsp. orange zest
  • ½ cup (120ml) chickpea brine
  • ½ tsp. lemon juice

What you need to do

Place cooked sweet potato and peanut butter in a food processor. Process until smooth and, then add cacao powder, maple syrup, and orange zest, blend again until smooth.

 Place chickpea brine in a clean bowl. Add lemon juice and whip with a hand mixer until you achieve stiff peaks (this can take around 3-6 mins) – you should be able to invert the bowl, and the whipped brine should not move an inch.

Fold whipped chickpea brine into the chocolate and mix until well combined. The mixture will deflate slightly. Spoon the mixture between 4 small serving glasses and place in the fridge for 8 hours (or overnight) for the mousse to set.

Vegetarian Recipes for Weight Loss - Which one for You?

Being a vegetarian, or just wanting to have a few meat free meals during the week, won’t be difficult with these great recipes.

Which one do you fancy trying?

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