7 vegetarian meals that are anything but boring

By Rachel O'Regan |

Keys2words - Quinoa Cheese Tartlets

What comes to mind when you think of a vegetarian diet? Tofu? Boiled cabbage?

What about a rainbow of fruit and vegetables, a variety of flavourful protein sources and more quirky, satiating recipes than you can wave a zucchini at?

Yup, we’re here to bust the stereotype that a vegetarian diet is bland and boring. The following recipes are way out of the bean curd box, from fermented chickpea pancakes to sweet potato pasta to pies filled with stinging nettles (yes!). You’ll never be stuck in a rut again!

Spicy Tahini Sweet Potato Pasta

It’s “pasta” made of sweet potatoes! And if that doesn’t convince you, the Thai-inspired tahini sauce might just do the trick.

Keys2words - Spicy Tahini Sweet Potato Pasta

Stir No-Fry with Cauliflower Rice

This recipe is perfect for when you want the Asian flavours, just without the sugar and heavy grease. It even includes cauliflower rice to get more serves of veggies in.

Keys2words: Stir No Fry with Coconut Cauliflower Rice by Maz Valcorza

Quinoa Cheese Tartlets

Quinoa contains the most protein of all the grains, making it perfect for vegetarians (we told you it wasn’t all about tofu). And the best thing is, it’s so versatile – as evidenced by these amazing tartlets.

Keys2words: Quinoa Cheese Tartlets by Chrissy Freer

Caramelised Leek, Apple + Rosemary Socca

Chickpeas are also a great source of protein, but they can be a little rough on your tummy. That’s why we’ve soaked them to get rid of the harsh outer enzymes (and make the most delicious, soft golden pancakes).


Nettle + Feta Filo Pie

Yes, nettle is that plant which gives you stinging rashes. But it’s also one the most delicious and nutritious greens around. If you can get your hands on them, a quick soak will get rid of the stinging chemicals and you can then cook them how you like. (It tastes like spinach, by the way!)


Carrot Tahini Burgers with Radicchio + Tzatziki

When you think of vegetarian burgers, does your mind immediately conjure up a mushroom patty? While we love mushroom burgers too, these carrot tahini patties buck the trend and won’t drip endless amounts of juice onto your plate.

Keys2words - Carrot Tahini Burgers with Radicchio + Cucumber Tzatzi

Nectarine + Avocado Toastie

We haven’t met a vegetarian (nay, anyone) who isn’t completely obsessed with avocado. We’ve stepped it up a notch with this eclectic combo that strangely works – avocado, nectarine and feta. Yum!

Keys2words - Nectarine + Avocado Toastie by Miss Marzipan

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