For our vegetarian readers and those who love to partake in meatless Mondays, we’re here to spice up your cooking repertoire with some fun and easy dishes to try soon. From culturally-inspired cuisines to comfort foods, here are a few recipes we think you’ll love. 

Roasted Sweet Potato Salad with Barley and Arugula 

This light dish from Woman’s Day only takes 30 minutes and is packed with nutrition. It stars sweet potatoes, which will work to keep you full, and even includes instructions on how to make your own lime juice dressing. For a twist, feel free to switch out barley for couscous, which allows for plenty of variations. 

While we’re on a recipe that includes sweet potatoes, also feel free to add more of these fiber-packed veggies into your daily diet. Along with fiber, sweet potatoes offer a wide array of vitamins and minerals such as iron, calcium and vitamin C, according to this article by Nicola Shubrook from BBC.

Spinach and Cheese Pita Pizzas with Tomato Salad

This meal, also from Woman’s Day, takes us on a little trip to a mediterranean palette. Ready in 30 minutes, you’ll get a great serving of spinach which, like sweet potatoes, is high in fiber and iron, as well as folic acid. Read more about the benefits of eating spinach in this article by Kris Gunnars on Healthline. The instruction for the tomato salad also make for a great side dish for any other night. 

Vegetarian Fajitas

Spice up your next meal with these vegetarian fajitas from BBC Good Food that only take five minutes to prep and 10 minutes to cook. The ingredient list will be a bit long, but it does teach you how to make your own fajita mix (no need to buy a pre-made mix from the store anymore). With black beans being a primary ingredient, read about their nutrition stats in this article by Jaclyn London from Good Housekeeping (heads up, they’re a great source of protein and magnesium). 

Spiced Halloumi & Pineapple Burger with Zingy Slaw

This burger from BBC Good Food calls for more prep time, but it’s sure worth it to taste your own homemade vegetarian burger. Not to mention, halloumi cheese is considerably low in calories when compared to other cheese, all the while packing in some hefty protein and fat. Read more about halloumi in this article by Nina Bahadur on 

One Pot Mushroom and Potato Curry

For folks out there who aren’t too keen on doing dishes, definitely start looking into one-pot pastas and in this case, one-pot curry. With a prep time of 10 minutes and cook time of 20, you’ll have delicious curry ready to eat within 20 minutes. This dish not only has mushrooms and potatoes, you can also get a serving of eggplant in the curry. This fruit (I know, surprising) provides high levels of manganese and potassium, as explained in this article by Rachael Link on Healthline. 

Pajeon Green Onion Pancakes

If you’re craving Korean-inspired cuisine, you might want to try out this green onion pajeon, recipe provided by Waitrose. By the end of 30 minutes, you’ll have a delicious plate of pajeon ready to eat, complete with a dipping sauce. Learn more about the history and culture behind pajeon in this article by the Korea Food Promotion Institute. 

While going meatless does cut down on some options, there are still plenty of culinary adventures available. Explore the countless recipes with varying difficulties and time commitments with websites like Cookie + Kate, delicious. magazine, and Cooking Light

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