3 Quick and Easy Vegetarian Recipes

By Alyssa Laffitte on March 5, 2018

If you have a dietary restriction, you must be very careful with what you eat. This is especially true for vegetarians. If you are a new vegetarian, or a college student vegetarian who doesn’t have a ton of time or money to spend on their food, it may be challenging to stick to your diet. However, maintaining this lifestyle while being a busy college student is possible. Here are some quick and easy vegetarian recipes you can try!

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Quinoa, Egg, and Avocado Bowl

If you need to whip up a quick, yet yummy and filling breakfast, this meal is for you! This meal is quick, with only about 15 minutes prep time and serves 2. It’s full of protein and of good calories, which will help sustain you throughout your day of being a busy, productive college student.

  1. Make the dressing: combine 1 ½ teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil, 1 ½ teaspoon of red wine vinegar, and a dash of salt.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine 1 cup of already cooked quinoa, 1 cup of halved grape tomatoes, ½ cup canned unsalted black beans, 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro, and 1/8 teaspoon salt.
  3. In a pan, crack 2 eggs and cook for 2-3 minutes. Be sure to coat the pan with extra virgin olive oil to make sure the egg doesn’t stick to it!
  4. Top the quinoa mixture with the dressing, the eggs, and a sliced avocado.

See the full recipe here.

Personal Pizza

If you have a little more time and need something heartier (like for lunch or dinner rather than for breakfast), try making a personal pizza! It takes 25 minutes to make, including the 15 minutes of baking time. Pizza is a great option that’ll satisfy your craving and is allowed by your vegetarian diet, since it is vegetable based. This recipe makes six slices.

  1. Preheat the oven to 500°F with a rectangular pizza stone inside it. (If you don’t have a pizza stone, a heavy baking sheet will work).
  2. Microwave 1 pound of refrigerated fresh pizza dough in a microwave-safe bowl for 30 seconds. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap before putting it in the microwave.
  3. Lightly flour a surface and roll out the dough there into a 15×12 inch rectangle. On a piece of parchment paper, sprinkle 1 tablespoon of plain yellow cornmeal. Let it stand for 5 minutes before baking. The cornmeal keeps the dough from sticking to the pan, and it also makes the crust extra crispy!
  4. Place the parchment paper and dough on a flat baking sheet. Bake at 500°F for 3 minutes.
  5. Once it’s done, spread marinara sauce on the crust and top with 1 thinly sliced tomato, corn, 3 ½ ounces (about 1 cup) of fresh mozzarella cheese, and garlic. Slide it onto the hot pizza stone and leave it baking for 12 minutes (or until the edges are crispy).
  6. Garnish with salt, pepper, basil, red pepper, extra virgin olive oil, and balsamic glaze.
  7. Cut it into 6 slices.

See the full recipe here.

Black Bean Burgers

People usually think of meat when they think of burgers, but it doesn’t have to be this way! Black bean burgers are yummy, easy to make, and vegetarian-friendly. This recipe will take you 20 minutes, and it serves 4 people. You’ll need to whip out your food processor if you decide to make this meal, but it’s so worth it.

  1. Place 1 slice of toasted and torn up whole grain bread into a food processor (pulse 5 times). Then, transfer it to a bowl.
  2. Combine the following ingredients and place them into a food processor: ¼ cup grated onion, 1 tablespoon chopped garlic, 1 ½ teaspoons fresh lime juice, ¾ teaspoon ground cumin, ¾ tablespoon ground cumin, ¾ teaspoon kosher salt, and ½ teaspoon grated lime rind. Pulse the food processor 4-5 times.
  3. Add a whole 15 ounce can of unsalted black beans, 1/3 cup chopped walnuts, ½ teaspoon hot sauce, 1 lightly beaten egg, and the toast to the mixture. Stir the mixture well. Divide it into 4 equal parts and shape each of them into a patty.
  4. Lightly grease a skillet and cook the patties on it for 4 minutes on each side, or until they are brown.

See the full recipe here.

Managing a dietary restriction as a college student can be tough. Unfortunately, the food you can eat might be more expensive or harder to find. But that doesn’t mean you can’t create something delicious that will meet your vegetarian diet! The recipes I suggested are quick, easy, yummy, and don’t require any meat, perfect for a busy college student vegetarian! I hope you enjoy them, and of course, always handle kitchen utensils and appliances safely.

22, ISFJ. Biology student. College lifestyle blogger. Avid reader and writer. Dog lover. Nerd. Boyband enthusiast. Superhero in training. Here to help you become the best you can be!

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