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Vegetarian Meals Part 2 (Photo Heavy)

pocketmole Posts: 614 Member
So back when I first joined MFP I made a forum post sharing a lot of photos of my vegetarian cooking. You can check it out here if you like: At the time I had lost around 45lbs. I have since lost another 20lbs and figured I would make a second thread showing some of the things I have prepared since then. I know there are quite a few people that may be curious about what a vegetarian diet looks like, and some of the vegetarians may wonder what kind of foods they can eat and still lose weight. (The answer is pretty much whatever you want, in moderation.)

A little bit about me and the guidelines I've set for myself as far as my weight loss in concerned:

• I made it a point to stop basing all of my meals around pasta and rice - which wasn't so straightforward as a vegetarian. I still eat them, but far less than I used to. I opt for whole grains when I can.
• I work out 3-5 days a week. M-W-F I go to boot camp to get my *kitten* kicked. I've since started doing some lifting on at least one of my non boot camp days. I occasionally go running as well. Hoping to finish my first 5k in November.
• I'm not a fan of "skinny" shortcuts with my cooking. I don't do splenda, diet sodas, or fat free cheeses. Popular recipes like the banana "pancake" (you all know the one) don't appeal to me at all. I make my pancakes with flour and sugar, then I top them with butter. And rum infused caramel if I feel like it :)
• When cooking I try to compromise rather than eliminate. If I make muffins I may sub in whole wheat flour for part of the white flour. I may sub out some of the oil for apple sauce. I may cut back on the sugar. If I can reduce the calories of a dish by 20% without sacrificing flavor in any way, that's a success to me. I want my food to taste legit, yo.
• Portion control, which is made possible by logging everything I eat. Occasionally I want something rich so I will balance it out by having less of it and eating a salad or some roasted veggies on the side.
• If I have a day of pure calorie overload I just let it go and eat well the next day. That was a hard habit to break as I used to be one of those people that would say, "Oh I f***ed up. I guess I'll start fresh on Monday." Even though it's only Tuesday.
• I'm pretty lax on the weekends, but not out of control. Usually. :)
• Most days I eat between 1300-1500 calories. On weekends I will sometimes have 1800-1900. I generally eat back about half of my exercise calories but I'm not all scientific about it or anything.

TL;DR: No summary, just pics for you.

jalapeno cheddar polenta with black beans and fresh pico

truffled mac and cheese with roasted cauliflower

vegan "beef" stew made with stout

hummingbread bread with neufchatel glaze and toasted coconut

savory oatmeal with smoked gouda

tim tam crumble bars

green lasanga

7 layer dip lasanga

butternut squash and smoked gouda macaroni

spinach artichoke dip pasta

white wine roasted shiitakes over whole wheat fettucine

egg-free potato and onion frittata

jalapeno cornbread muffins

southwestern vegetarian chili

pears baked in cream, butter, and rum - topped with crumbled gingersnap cookies

hard cider banana bread

individual eggplant parmesans

baked lentil stew with polenta

seville orange whiskey sour with homemade drunken cherries

spinach tamales with chili sauce and 3 bean avocado salad

stone fruit cobbler muffins

vegetarian meatballs with fettucine and marinara

enchilada inspired stuffed zucchini boats

chocolate tofu pudding

taco salad, minus the usual taco shell bowl

seared quorn and roasted root veggies with thyme

drunken mushrooms over parmesan polenta with roasted aparagus

tom kha gai with tofu

roasted ratatouille with veggie italian sausage

tofu "egg" salad with avocado

baked hummus seitan with salad

quorn roast with cheesy baked spaghetti squash

chili lime veggie for soft tacos (and roasted corn for my boyfriend)

chocolate chip with walnut on the right, chocolate chip with toffee and sea salt on the left

banana rum pancakes


kale avocado salad with chili tofu

lemon poppyseed zucchini bread

stuffed baked tomato with farro

open faced chickpea burger with basil pesto, feta, and olives

yummy lunchtime sammich with cherries

chili dog on a pretzel roll

deconstructed lettuce wrap salad with spicy peanut sauce

squash blossom quesadillas with refried beans and homemade pico

cherry tomato soup with cream and pan seared haloumi cubes

roasted poblano and potato soup

apple brie crostini with cinnamon honey walnuts

pizza: fontina, italian sausage, squash, and purple basil

homemade butter with garlic and herbs

mixed tomato salad with basil, fresh mozzarella, and homemade garlic croutons


  • keem88
    keem88 Posts: 1,689 Member
    omg i love you. these all look so good, especially the baked spaghetti squash. i've done that before with some roasted red pepper sauce ricotta and mozzarella baked with the spaghetti squash so good! do you have a link or blog with recipes? thanks so much these all look great, you're an awesome chef!
  • akasullengal
    akasullengal Posts: 1,499 Member
    As a vegetarian of many many years, I'm always excited to see new foods to try out, especially when one is trying to eat healthy and not overload on pasta. A lot of these meals look fantastic. Can you share recipes? Otherwise, I can only drool and be jealous.
  • pocketmole
    pocketmole Posts: 614 Member
    I don't mind sharing recipes, but to share for all of them is a bit much, haha. Are there any in particular that stand out? :]

    I have all of these things (pretty much all of them) entered into MFP's recipe builder so I can just take a screenshot of the page. Although in many of those circumstances I don't include the salt, pepper, and spices that I used since it doesn't apply much to the calorie count.
  • Jeeto115
    Jeeto115 Posts: 48 Member
    All those look amazing!!!

    I would eat healthy ALL the time if someone cooked me meals like in the pix. Looks delicious!!
  • meepberry
    meepberry Posts: 22 Member
    WOW. These pictures...if I wasn't hungry before I sure am now! Can I get that beef stew recipe? <3 It looks so delicious.

    Edit: She has a food blog! <3 And it is delicious looking and amazing. :) The link is on her profile.
  • jennagoogles13
    Umm can you just like move in with me? I mean seriously, every single thing there looks TO DIE FOR!:love:
  • desertcrafty
    desertcrafty Posts: 50 Member
    Those all look so delicious...Great photography!

    I wouldn't mind knowing how to make the kale avocado salad and chili tofu!
  • PepePants
    PepePants Posts: 47 Member
    Incredible! Some really great food photography, too! I just had one of my faves: roasted root vegetable salad with quinoa and I still found myself salivating at those shots. Very talented.
  • bellesouth18
    bellesouth18 Posts: 1,070 Member
    Those look delicious! I'm not a vegetarian, but I love veggies and would eat these creations in a heartbeat! You're a terrific photographer/food stylist, too.
  • x311Tifa
    x311Tifa Posts: 357 Member
    GREEN LASANGA!!! Omg, I haven't had that in years! I need to make it now!!!
  • station_agent
    OMG...some of the most delicious dishes i have ever seen...inspiring!
  • julesw734
    julesw734 Posts: 100
    These look delicious.. I am sure that I would use several if not all of them... Thank you. :)
  • Hearts_2015
    Hearts_2015 Posts: 12,031 Member
    waiting for your recipe book to come out... lol I remember all the great recipes you've shared in the past and the photos of your meals on the food porn thread. Bring on the vegetarian meals!

    Your photo skills/camera take some seriously awesome pics:happy:
  • tbresina
    tbresina Posts: 558 Member
    seriously bumped!
  • EHisCDN
    EHisCDN Posts: 480 Member
    I want to eat all of this! I'm always looking to incorporate more vegetarian meals into my repertoire.
  • coco3382458
    coco3382458 Posts: 296 Member
    OMG I feel like I want ALL of these recipes!! Do you have a blog or site or something going on pintrest. Do you think you could post a couple every week? Also what kind of camera do you have? I can not believe how beautiful the photography is. Sending a friend request now :)
  • milaxx
    milaxx Posts: 1,122 Member
    Awesome! I get tired of telling people I get variety in my diet and I get plenty of protein. I also don't do diet food. If it's a gym day, I will indeed treat myself to pancakes.
  • littlebudgie
    littlebudgie Posts: 279 Member
    Oh my goodness, I'm salivating. Could you share the recipe for that savoury oatmeal with gouda?
  • FrankieTrailBlazer
    FrankieTrailBlazer Posts: 124 Member
    Looking great!!
  • Laurenmp16
    Laurenmp16 Posts: 344 Member
    You are very talented! Food sounds AND looks great! Thanks for sharing.