Having more plant-based foods into your diet is an almost foolproof way to boost your health and help in your weight loss project. Aside from reducing your susceptibility to heart disease and type-2 diabetes, going vegetarian, even for a short period of time, is a definite health booster.
However, just because plant-based foods are less likely to cause you health complications than an omnivorous diet, that doesn’t mean switching over will produce immediate results, nor is it a guaranteed method of reducing body mass, because no matter how brilliant the vegetarian meals for weight loss that you end up choosing, it’s pretty much useless if you don’t put some effort into it. Just because the diet is vegetarian doesn’t mean it doesn’t have any calories.
Animals are pretty rich in protein. Plants too, but a little more so, so switching to a completely vegetarian diet would make it somewhat complicated to get all the healthy nutrients we need for muscle development.
However, with a little bit of research and help from registered dietitians and culinary experts, we were able to compile some meals that neither go above the 1,200-calorie a day limit nor deviate too far below the line that you’d remain malnutrition. We’ve been sure to include healthy foods like whole grains, nuts, fruits and vegetables. These meals are best taken for dinner or lunch, so feel free to swap from one meal to the other whenever you please.
Healthy vegetarian meals for weight loss
Southwestern Cheese Panini
The Southwestern Cheese Panini is pretty colourful, and accompanied with salsa, if there was such a thing as a food beauty contest, it would probably be awarded best grilled cheese sandwich of the decade. What’s more, it only has a small amount of cheddar cheese make the taste shredded and sharp.
It’s best served with a mixed salad, and should provide a pretty wholesome and light lunch or supper. If you’re lucky enough to own a panini maker, go ahead and follow the manufacturer’s instructions and you’re good to go.
Spaghetti Squash Lasagna with Broccolini
Spaghetti Squash is a low-carb diet best prepared together with lasagna and garlicky broccoli. The ingredients combine for a healthy casserole that’ll probably make its way into your favorites.
Serve with some warm, crusty whole-grain bread and a big Caesar salad for a fantastic pairing.
Chicken curry is a quick and healthy Indian recipe that’s quick and easy to make. It presents an authentic curry that can be prepared with roasted cauliflower florets and served with brown basmati rice.
Ricotta is an Italian whey cheese made from sheep or buffalo milk and is perfect as a lasagna filling. Take the ricotta together with spinach and parmesan cheese and settle them in the roasted portobello mushroom caps, and voila!
However, this recipe will work out best with large portobello caps; if you only have small ones, buy a few extra and divide the ricotta-cheese filling among the smaller caps.
Serve the meal with a whole-wheat dinner roll and a tossed salad
Apple & Brussels Sprouts Salad
In this vegetarian meal, the salad dressing, that’s made from sweet white balsamic vinegar is meant to balance out the strong taste of the greens and brussels. A small mandoline will make it much easier to slice the brussels and apple, and will be useful to have at hand.
To finish it all off, top it with shrimp or chicken.
Cheese steaks, have always been a Philadelphia tradition, hence the nickname “Philly Cheese Steak”. They are made by slicing very thin slices from a fatty slab of beef then fry them in oil. Top it all off with a heavy cheese sauce for a great delicacy.
You may have noticed the considerable lack of fat on stack, but the taste is anything but compromised. All you need now is a glass of pinot noir or a cold beer.
Greek Orzo Stuffed Peppers
Here, we steam brightly colored peppers in the microwave (you don’t have to, but it saves on time), then stuff them with orzo, feta and spinach.
It’s a pretty basic recipe, but it will work with almost any filling. Try adding on some different types of herbs, cheese, or beans and serve the meal with cucumber salad and whole-wheat pita bread.
Tofu parmigiana takes a break from the normal greasy, battered coating you’re likely used to. These tofu ‘steaks’ are instead breaded and lightly pan-fried in a small amount of oil and finally topped with part-skim mozzarella, some marinara sauce (pick your favourite) and fresh basil.
This recipe is meant for everyone, even the extremely tofu-phobic.
Corn & Broccoli Calzones
These calzones are to be stuffed with whatever combination of corn and broccoli your fridge can afford. Use part-skim ricotta and mozzarella to make the pasta lower in saturated fat and eat them alongside a whole-wheat crust to add a nutty flavor and some extra fiber.
This meal is also best served with your favorite marinara sauce for dipping.
Vegetarian Taco Salad
Finally, and our personal favourite, is a colorful, tasty vegetarian taco salad, While preparing the rice, bean mixture for the taco, you can quickly assemble the salad on the side.