Vegetarian Comfort Food

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The word vegetarian has many meat eating people thinking of boring old salads and carrot sticks, in reality, leading a vegetarian lifestyle OR opting for vegetarian days each week isn’t and shouldn’t be this way! There are a whole host of options to explore, including vegetarian versions of your favorite comfort foods… We’ve turned two of our top comfort foods into their vegetarian versions, so read on and try out these filling, delicious and nutritious dishes next time you opt for some meat-free cooking.

Portobello Mushroom Chilli – This chili recipe is packed out with flavor and nutrients! It can be eaten alone with a top of yogurt and cilantro, served with rice, on baked potatoes or as the star feature in a burrito. The choice is yours!

 

You Will Need:

Serves 4

 

400g Portabello Mushrooms

2 Bell Peppers

15oz can Kidney Beans

15 oz can Chopped Tomatoes

1 Onion

1 Tsp Paprika

1 Tsp Cayenne Pepper

2 Garlic Cloves, minced

1 Tsp Cocoa Powder

1 Tablespoon Peanut Butter

1 Tbsp Olive Oil

Handful fresh cilantro, chopped

Salt & Pepper, to taste

 

  1. Set a large pan over a medium heat and add oil and onion. Cook the onions until they begin to soften and then add the minced garlic cloves, peanut butter, cocoa powder, paprika and cayenne pepper. Stir well.
  2. Chop the portabello into lengthy strips and add to the pan coat well in the mixture and cook for a minute.
  3. Add chopped bell pepper to the mixture and stir.
  4. Pour the Kidney beans into the mixture including the water and then add the tinned tomatoes. Stir well and add a sprinkle of salt and pepper.
  5. Reduce the heat to low, cover and allow to simmer for approximately 30 minutes, until thickened.
  6. When you’re ready to serve add the fresh cilantro and stir through.

 

Black Bean Burgers – Black beans give a meatier texture to this vegetarian main. Serve up these burgers on a toasted brioche bun with a side of fries or salad and your favorite sauces! We’re giving you the basic burger recipe so you can get creative with your toppings, but why not try some red onions soaked in balsamic or even adding a cheese center.

 

You Will Need:

Makes 4 Burgers

 

16 oz Can Black Beans

1 Egg

⅔ Cup Bread Crumbs

½ Red Onion

1 Tsp Garlic Salt

½ Tsp Paprika

Pepper, to taste

Oil

 

  1. Rinse the black beans and drain well, then place into a large bowl. Using a fork mash the black beans.
  2. Finely chop the ½ red onion and place into the bowl with the mashed black beans, followed by garlic salt, paprika, and pepper.
  3. Beat the egg lightly and add to the black beans. Mix together then add the breadcrumbs and combine. If the mixture seems too wet you can always add more breadcrumbs.
  4. Divide the mixture into 4 servings as shape into a traditional burger round.
  5. Set aside in the refrigerator for 10 minutes to chill.
  6. Over a medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in a non-stick pan. Cook the burgers for around 4 minutes either side or until beginning to turn a gold color.
  7. Serve and enjoy!