Five fabulous vegie dishes where you won't miss the meat

If you’re finding your favourite recipes are deliciously fresh, healthy and increasingly meat free, you’re not alone.

Along with the environmental benefits of eating less meat, there are multiple health benefits too, and it’s helpful that there are many meaty dishes that taste just as good if you swap the carnivorous elements for vegetarian ones.

In our opinion, these traditionally meaty dishes are arguably better when they’re vegetarian.

Chickpea curry is the king of curries

A chickpea curry is the quickest curry you’ll ever make. And perhaps the most satisfying.

Could it be the aromatic warm spices, chopped tomato base and a plate packed full of plant-based protein that tantalises our taste buds? It’s easy not to miss hunks of lamb when chickpeas are involved.

Read: Vegetarian Chickpea Curry

Pizza without the padding

The simplest pizzas are often the best as the Neapolitans know. You can’t really beat a classic mozzarella – tomatoes, basil, cheese. Hold off on the pepperoni, you won’t miss it.

If you want a bit more of a bite – add cherry tomatoes, artichoke, capsicum, olives, red onion and some baby spinach. All piled on top of a base of rich tomato sauce and golden, bubbling mozzarella.

Vegie pizza with all the toppings will delight vegetarians and carnivores alike.

Vegetable lasagne lords it over mince

Lasagne is a fail-safe dish, but sometimes the classics need a bit of an update. Look no further than a vegetarian mushroom lasagne.

Think sheets of fresh lasagne, four types of mushroom, a blanket of white sauce, two types of cheese and a healthy helping of spice. Who needs minced beef?

Read: Spicy Mushroom Lasagne

Meatless meatloaf makes a comforting choice

Healthy and hearty, a baked loaf of brown rice, mushrooms, your favourite nuts (cashews provide nearly as much protein as an equivalent portion of meat), herbs and spices as a meal is far more appetising than a ‘meat’ meatloaf. You can even boost the flavours with a chilli glaze.

Vegie burgers are the best

Love at first bite – there’s something special about a vegie patty, especially when the beans are moist, well-stacked with sweet pickles, cheddar cheese, lettuce and even a dollop of chunky guacamole oozing out the side.

If you want to go all out for barbecue season, whip up some brioche-style sweet potato buns. The heavy, earthy sweet potato actually makes incredibly soft, fluffy and golden rolls.

Read: Beet Burgers with Sweet Potato Buns

What dishes do you think are better vegetarian? Are you trying to lower your meat intake? Why not let us know in the comments section below?

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Written by Ellie Baxter