Vegetarian Dishes That Tastes Like Meat

March 12, 2012

Inquiring about vegetarian dishes that taste like meat may seem like a strange question to ask. However, there are several reasons why someone would want to try to cater vegetarian dishes to a meat lover.

Somebody who is used to meaty dishes may not find vegetarian dishes to be quite as filling. This is due to the fact that meat is a very dense protein. Here are some vegetarian dishes that will please even the biggest of skeptics.

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

vegetarian stuffed peppersThere is also a popular version of this dish that is served with meat. It’s just as filling and tasty without the meat. Recipes vary slightly depending on where you get it from. But the main idea behind this is using the bottom half of sweet bell peppers to cook a hearty combination of beans, rice, and veggies.

One of my favorite recipes for vegetarian stuffed peppers includes these ingredients: red and black beans, chopped tomato, corn, chopped sweet onion, basil, pepper jack cheese and chopped olives. Mix that with some meatless spaghetti sauce, salt and pepper to taste, and fill those bell peppers like they are miniature crock pots. Cover and cook at a low temperature for 3 1/2-4 hours or until peppers are soft and filling is heated through.

Portobello Mushroom Burgers

portabello mushroom burgerPortobello mushrooms are great to cook with, I especially like to grill with them due to their ability to take soak up all the smokey flavor of a grill just like a burger would. I like to put a twist on this recipe and do Hawaiian style burgers. I marinate the portobello mushrooms in teriyaki sauce for a few hours prior to grilling. I top the burger with a slice of pineapple, jalapenos for a kick, and a slice of provolone cheese.

Vegetarian Lasagna

vegetarian lazagnaLasagna is a very filling dish. De-meatifying this classic Italian dish may seem like a sin to some, but the taste can be very similar. I like to replace the meat in my favorite lasagna dish with a mixture of bell peppers, onion, chopped firm tofu, carrots, and squash. This meatless Lasagna tastes as good as its meaty counterpart, and you have to try it out.

Vegetarian Chili

Vegetarian ChiliNo matter what chili recipe you use, it can very easy become a wonderful vegetarian meal. I love to replace the meat in my chili with a product called Seitan. Seitan is a wheat product that closely resembles real meat. That meat eater in your life will swear it’s beef after it’s been slow cooking in your crock pot with the other chili ingredients all day. Vegetarian chili can very easily become vegan chili as well. The taste is almost identical.

A vegetarian lifestyle isn’t for everybody, but even the biggest carnivores out there could benefit from a vegetarian meal every once in a while. Whether it’s a mom trying to cook a vegetarian meal for her kids or a wife cooking for a picky husband, these dishes are healthy options that should leave everybody feeling like a winner.



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