Going vegetarian for a meal, a day, or as a lifestyle is a good thing for your health and the environment, too. However, it’s no surprise that it can be a difficult thing to do if you don’t know enough vegetarian recipes. Unarmed with delicious, all-veggie recipes, and stuck with only the most basic veggie recipes, you might be under the false impression that vegetarian meals are lackluster in flavor or unsatisfying. You couldn’t be more wrong. Vegetarian recipes can be amazingly creative as they often have to work around limitations. Plus, you’re in the Philippines: We’ve got a bounty of delicious and fresh produce that you can definitely use.
If you’re going vegetarian as a lifestyle, it becomes even more challenging. It’s vital that you find plant-based protein sources so you won’t be undernourished. Protein deficiency can lead to a lot of health risks, but thankfully, it’s quite easy to solve. With this list, we’ll also help you identify ingredients that you should be eating to have a healthy amount of protein in your diet.
Pasta dishes are easy meals to prepare any night of the week. The healthy amount of pasta and a guaranteed flavorful, and creamy sauce always makes for a satisfying meal.
It must be noted though, that pasta might be vegetarian, but it’s not vegan because readily-available pasta uses eggs. What’s the difference between vegetarian and vegan, you might ask? Vegetarians skip meat, but unlike vegans, they can still use animal by-products such as milk, and eggs that don’t necessarily hurt animals.
If you’re looking for a vegan alternative to pasta, you can use spaghetti squash, which may be hard to source locally, or use a spiralizer, a kitchen gadget that cuts zucchinis, carrots, cucumbers into strings.
Protein tip: Mushrooms aren’t just an umami-packed aromatic that makes anything taste special, it’s also loaded with protein.
1 Vegetarian Bolognese Recipe
Bolognese is usually an extra meaty red sauce pasta recipe. It’s also the pasta recipe we often crave for when we think of spaghetti. If you’re skipping meat, you can still get your fill with this vegetarian version. It uses a combination of mushrooms and eggplants for that meaty texture.
2 Vegetarian Spaghetti Carbonara Recipe
Are you wondering how to get your pasta recipe extra creamy without the use of cream? Simple! Make carbonara as they traditionally do in Italy: using eggs as a base! Trust us, it will blow your mind. This recipe uses Parmesan cheese, pepper, olive oil, mushrooms, garlic, and parsley to get those delicious aromatics going.
3 Meatless Lasagna Recipe
Mushrooms, spinach, and lots and lots of cheese make this meatless lasagna extra special. You won’t be missing meat for this recipe, as every bite delivers something spectacular.
There’s nothing quite like the meaty bite that burgers have. These recipes may not have a lot of meat but they aren’t lacking in flavor.
Protein tip: A good plant-based protein source are beans. This includes soya bean-based products like your favorite breakfast taho and soya milk. There are other beans you take full advantage of, too such as munggo beans, chickpeas, red beans, and more.
4 Falafel Burger Recipe
This recipe uses a cornucopia of spices: garlic, cumin, cilantro, parsley, red onions. The delicious patty is then paired with a delicious, zesty, and herby yogurt sauce, and tomato salsa.
5 Mushroom Burgers Recipe
Mushroom burgers are always delicious just as shiitake mushrooms are never less than awesome. This recipe takes it up a notch with avocados that add creaminess and rolled oats which add bite, and texture.
A lot of our Filipino classic recipes are meat-based. Meat, after all, gives most dishes the heft it needs. Thankfully, we found ways to adapt your favorite dishes into meat-free versions!
Protein tip: Tofu isn’t just a delicious, plant-based, protein source, it will also greatly cut down on expenses.
6 Tofu Sisig Recipe
Siling labuyo, soy sauce, calamansi, cane vinegar, sugar, ginger, and black pepper, come together to achieve that distinct flavor of sisig. Tofu absorbs all those flavors so that every bite bursts with scrumptious flavors.
7 Sizzling Mushroom Sisig Recipe
Sisig can be made using just about anything, including mushrooms! Just like tofu, fresh mushrooms have an amazing ability to soak up tons of flavor. We must say, a level higher than tofu, though, mushroom comes with its own, distinct, umami flavor that makes this sisig a cut above other sisig.
8 Tofu Dinakdakan Recipe
Do you love dinakdakan? We do, too. That’s why we made this delicious, meat-free version that is easier to make than the traditional version. You can make a big batch of this, too, and eat for the whole week. Trust us, you’ll love it.
9 Tofu Bistek Tagalog
What do you do when you’re craving for bistek but your wallet isn’t ready? Use tofu! This dish isn’t any less delicious.
10 Mushroom Tapa Recipe
Beef tapa can sometimes be tough and chewy—not with this version. You’ll perfect it every time.
11 Mushroom Salpicao Recipe
The simple salpicao recipe, loaded with delicious garlic, can be made using mushrooms. The big question is, what can’t be made using mushroom?
These meat-free dishes will engage your taste buds with their range of aromas, textures, and flavors. They’re so good that if you’re trying it for meatless Mondays, you’ll find yourself miraculously looking forward to Mondays.
If you’ve been having difficulty sticking to a vegetarian diet because of your love for delicious, juicy chicken, we’ve got news for you: we can at least solve that craving for chicken nuggets. We found a meat-free substitute that tastes just like your fast food fave here.