Many people are under the assumption that when you live a vegetarian life, that cooking foods is rather hard and will result in limited food choices. However, that is just not the case. There are several foods that are easy to make, and are a great way to have an incredible lunch, without worrying about going against your vegetarian lifestyle.
Eggplant and Goat Cheese Sandwiches
These sandwiches are yummy, and a great, light meal that can be used for lunch or just a light dinner. These are filling, and simply to make. The ingredients that you will need are:
– Eggplant slices about 8 of these, cut 1/2 inch thick
– 2 teaspoons of olive oil
– Large red bell pepper, or pepper of your choice color
– 2 slices of ciabatta bread, or the bread of your choice
– 1 cup of baby arugula
– 2 tablespoons of pesto
– 1/8 teaspoon of pepper
– 1/4 cup of soft goat cheese
To fix this sandwich, you will need to broil the eggplant slices. Once you have these sliced, brush each side with the olive oil and place on a foil lined backing sheet. You will want to also slice the red bell pepper and place this on baking sheet as well. You will want to broil these for 4 minutes on each side, though you do not have to turn the bell peppers.
After an additional 4 minutes, remove the eggplant, and let the pepper broil for another 7 minutes. After the pepper is removed from the broiler, remove the skins after these have cooled.
Take the bread and broil this for a few minutes until they are lightly browned, and then spread the pesto onto the sides of the bread, then add 2 slices of eggplant, some bell pepper and repeat the process.
With the arugula, black pepper and remaining olive oil, make a sauce, and then put this into the sandwich. Put the goat cheese on the sandwich and serve.
Goat Cheese Pizza with Your Choice Vegetable
This is a great pizza that you can make at home for lunch or even save this for dinner. The ingredients are:
– 1 pizza crust, refrigerated works great
– 1 cup of mozzarella cheese
– 3/4 cup of goat cheese grumbled
– 1 garlic clove, minced
– 1 1/2 teaspoon of thyme leaves
– Your choice of vegetable, a few to try include mushrooms, potatoes, red onion, bell peppers, or spinach
To do this, first roll out your pizza crust, then add your mozzarella onto the crust. You can then add your vegetables onto the pizza. Note, some people like to cook the vegetables before adding to the pizza, just to ensure that these are not super crunchy. If you choose to do this, saute these for a few minutes before adding to the pizza.
You will then evenly place the goat cheese and garlic over the vegetables on the pizza. Bake this for 15 minutes or until it reaches the brown color you like in the oven at about 450 degrees.
Upon getting this out of the oven, sprinkle the thyme onto it. Then cut into pieces and serve!
Baked Ziti with Veggies
This is a great lunch recipe that is going to serve the entire family. Better yet, after making this you can refrigerate it, and it tastes just as good the next day. This is perhaps one of the bet recipes to make during the summer, with all the veggies that are found in gardens.
The ingredients include:
– 4 ounces of uncooked ziti
– 1 tablespoon of olive oil
– 2 cups of yellow squash, chopped
– 1 cup of zucchini, chopped
– 1/2 cup onion, chopped
– 2 cups of tomato, chopped
– 2 garlic cloves minced
– 1 cup mozzarella cheese
– 1 large egg, beaten
– 1/4 cup of ricotta cheese, part-skim
– 3/4 teaspoon salt
– 2 teaspoons of oregano
– 2 tablespoons of basil
To cook this, make the ziti as you always would. Then go ahead and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. After you have chopped all the vegetables, saute the squash, zucchini, ad onion in oil for about 5 minutes. Add the tomato and garlic and continue to saute for 3 minutes.
Combine the sauteed veggies with the pasta and then add in the mozzarella and herbs. In a separate bowl, mix together the ricotta cheese, egg and salt. Then stir this into the pasta.
Put this pasta in a dish and bake for 15 minutes at 400 degrees.