Healthy, meat-free meals that can easily be made vegan too

Bland, boring vegetarian or vegan meals are a thing of the past. Besides being nutritious and sustainable, meat-free dishes can definitely be delicious too. Try recreating these four vegetarian dishes that are so unforgettable, even meat eaters will be inclined to reach for seconds.
 

Portobello Mushroom Steaks
 

A popular substitute for steak, portobello mushrooms are as delicious as they come. To mimic a hearty steak dinner, simply marinate the large pieces of mushroom with a sauce combining vegan steak sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and olive oil. After leaving the ‘shrooms on the grill for just a couple of minutes, you’re all set. But don’t forget to grab greens and mash potatoes to complete your meal.


Super Food Tofu Burger
 

Hailed a fast food favourite with a difference, Jaime Oliver’s Superfood Tofu Burger is piled high with cheese, pickles, homemade ketchup and a tofu patty. Begin to make the tofu patties by mixing together mashed tofu, breadcrumbs, an egg and marmite; then place them in a pan to cook with olive oil and rosemary. Move onto the ketchup, that blends fresh tomatoes, chilli flakes, red or white wine vinegar and fresh basil in another pan over medium heat. Go back to the tofu patties to melt slices of cheese (try cashew cheese if you’re vegan) atop, then assemble your burger with the homemade ketchup, patty, pickles and wholemeal buns. There—a healthful sandwich inspired by fast food options.
 

Teriyaki Tempeh Bowl
 

Another ingredient perfect for vegetarians, vegans and other meat-free lovers is tempeh. Conveniently concoct a delicious lunch or dinner with this Teriyaki Tempeh Bowl recipe by Bosh.Tv. In a pan, combine maple syrup, light brown sugar, ginger, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, cornflour and water to create your homemade teriyaki sauce. Afterwards, stir fry your desired portion of sliced tempeh with green peppers, cashews, broccoli and gravy from earlier. Leave the dish to simmer for minutes, then serve the stir-fry on a bed of white rice to enjoy. It’s really that easy.


Veggie Spaghetti Bolognese
 

If you’ve got a hankering for pasta, you’ve come to the right place. Easily whip up bowls of this vegan spaghetti bolognese that will fill your empty belly within minutes. First, heat up a splash of oil in a pan, then add chopped onions and garlic before allowing it to cook until translucent. To that mixture, toss in mushrooms, carrots, lentils, agave, basil and let it all sit till golden brown. After draining some cooked spaghetti, combine it with the lentil sauce as well as pasta water if necessary. Finally, spruce up the simple dish with more chopped basil, then get ready to feast.