Food With Vegetarian Options Near Me

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Food With Vegetarian Options Near Me. If you’re looking for a vegetarian diet plan, ideas for healthy, meatless meals and ways to eat out, follow our step-by-step diet plan. Eating vegetarian foods can help lower your risk of heart disease and other health problems. It’s also an easy way to cut calories to help you lose weight if you’re overweight. Vegetarian diets also tend to be low in saturated fat and cholesterol, which can reduce the risk of heart disease.

Food With Vegetarian Options Near Me

Who ever thought that being a vegetarian will guarantee only boring food will want to correct themselves again because gone are the days of predictable vegetarian menu, vegans are getting adventurous and playing up with different ingredients making up for lip smacking food items. A vegetarian diet reduces the risk for chronic degenerative diseases such as obesity, coronary artery disease, high blood pressure, diabetes and certain types of cancer including colon, breast, prostate, stomach, lung and esophageal cancer.

Love them or hate them, but you definitely cannot ignore a plateful of veggies. It’s either love at first sight or, for a considerable number of people, takes a while to grow fond of the myriad flavours and textures. But once you get past the inhibitions, there’s so much to discover and love.

Give your meals a healthy spin with the power of vegetables. Vegetables are packed with nutrients that ignite our metabolism, giving an edge to our weight control regime. They are the healthiest as they are loaded with essential minerals and vitamins that are necessary for your well-being. Many studies show that vegetables lower the risk of diabetes, cancer and keep you more cheerful and optimistic.  

Every year, 1st October is celebrated as World Vegetarian Day.  This day initiates October as the vegetarian awareness month. Established by North American Vegetarian Society in 1977 and endorsed by the International Vegetarian Union in 1978, the aim is “to promote the joy, compassion and life-enhancing possibilities of vegetarianism.”

While scientists and chefs are experimenting with plant-based eggs and meat, vegetarianism is definitely the next big thing.

Here are our 11 best vegetarian recipes which we think are a must try. Go on, dig in!

1. Masala Channa

An all-season favourite for north Indians and a great source of protein, this bowlful of mouth watering masala channa is topped with tadka aloo. You can either pair it with pooris, chapati or even steamed rice. 


 

2. Paneer Makhani Biryani

This is biryani in its vegetarian avatar that tastes just as good. Fried paneer cubes doused in a creamy gravy, layered with rice and cooked ‘dum’ style. The delight is quite flavourful.


3. Aamras Ki Kadhi

A quick, easy and tangy blend of mango puree, heeng and buttermilk. This kadhi is not only flavourful, but also quite filling at the same time. Pair it with steamed rice and enjoy the meal.


4. Dahi Kebab 

Give a healthy makeover to the ultimate party snack. Kebabs made with cottage cheese, oats, yoghurt, raisins and all good things. Dahi kebabs taste the best when paired with coriander and mint chutney.


5. Mushroom Kofta in Tomato Gravy

This recipe is a crowd pleaser. Plump mushrooms stuffed with spinach and paneer, and then dipped in a tangy tomato gravy. The tomato gravy is a little thick, and therefore you  can pair it  with chapatis or even parathas. 


6. Stuffed Baby Eggplant

Baby eggplant stuffed with nuts and spices, and tossed in a lip-smacking sauce made with tamarind pulp, masalas and lemon juice. This recipe will make you fall in love with eggplant.

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7. Vegetarian Khao Suey

Explore this Burmese delicacy that screams authentic flavours. Khao Suey is a one-pot meal with noodles and veggies cooked in coconut milk and garnished with peanuts and fried garlic.

8. Stuffed Masala Mushrooms

Get your vitamin D fix with this recipe! Corn and mushroom mixture stuffed into mushroom caps, topped with cheese and baked to perfection. A quick party starter!
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9. Carrot Salad with Grape Dressing

A lovely salad with shreds of carrots topped with a sweet black grape dressing. Quick and easy to make, this vegetarian recipe can up the nutritional value of your meal to a great extent.
 


10. Matar Paneer Lababdaar

Chunks of cottage cheese and fresh peas mingled in a rich and creamy gravy. This is what we call finger-licking good. Serve matar paneer with raita of your choice and relish your meal in the best way.

 

11. Gobhi Aloo

The staple recipe of an Indian household, Gobhi Aloo is an easy and quick dish to make for lunch or dinner, which makes it a favourite of every cook.

12. Bombay Style Aloo

This fiery and masaledar Bombay-style Aloo recipe is a must-try when you are looking for something super delicious and easy to make.

13. Paneer Khurchan

Paneer khurchan is a delicious North Indian recipe that would make an excellent dish for lunch or dinner. This recipe is very easy to make, making it our go-to recipe for special occasions and parties.

Who said there is a dearth of options for vegetarians out there. Bring this list to your rescue and get going!

Best Protein Sources for Vegans and Vegetarians

1. Seitan

Seitan is a popular protein source for many vegetarians and vegans.

It’s made from gluten, the main protein in wheat. Unlike many soy-based mock meats, it closely resembles the look and texture of meat when cooked.

You can find this meat alternative in the refrigerated section of many grocery stores, especially at health food stores. You can also make your own version with vital wheat gluten.

Seitan can be pan-fried, sautéed, and even grilled, making it easy to incorporate into a variety of recipes.

However, because it contains wheat, people with gluten-related disorders should avoid eating seitan.

2. Tofu, tempeh, and edamame

Tofu, tempeh, and edamame all originate from soybeans.

Soybeans are considered a whole source of protein. This means that they provide your body all the essential amino acids it needs.

Edamame are immature soybeans with a sweet and slightly grassy taste. They need to be steamed or boiled before you eat them. Then, they can be enjoyed on their own or added to soups and salads.

3. Lentils

With 18 grams of protein per cooked cup (198 grams), lentils are a great source of protein.

They can be used in a variety of dishes, ranging from fresh salads to hearty soups and spice-infused dahls.

4. Beans

Kidney, black, pinto, and most other varieties of beans contain high amounts of protein per serving.

Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans, are another type of bean with a high protein content.

5. Nutritional yeast

Nutritional yeast is a deactivated strain of Saccharomyces cerevisiae yeast, which is sold commercially as a yellow powder or flakes.

It has a cheesy flavor, which makes it a popular ingredient in dishes like mashed potatoes and scrambled tofu.

Nutritional yeast can also be sprinkled on top of pasta dishes or even enjoyed as a savory topping on popcorn.

6. Spelt and teff

Spelt and teff belong to a category known as ancient grains. Other ancient grains include einkorn, barley, sorghum, and farro.

Spelt is a type of wheat and contains gluten, whereas teff originates from an annual grass, meaning that it’s naturally gluten-free.

7. Hemp seeds

Hemp seeds come from the Cannabis sativa plant, which is sometimes maligned for belonging to the same family as the cannabis plant.

5 VEGETARIAN FRIENDLY PARIS RESTAURANTS: CASUAL & COOL

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Paris might be the gastronomic capital of the world, but, until recently, it was extremely rare to spot even one vegetarian option on menus filled with steak frites, confit de canard and foie gras. As a staunch vegetarian since before arriving in France more than a decade ago, one of my worst dining nightmares was having to pick out a restaurant to go on a date or out with a client where we’d both have an enjoyable meal (steamed vegetables get old really fast). I’d spend hours scouring menus online or carefully noting bonnes adresses in my head for future reference. Paris is becoming greener, however, it still has progress to make. So in the meantime, here is a new series of veggie friendly restaurants, this first post with great casual venues with French or contemporary fare. You can also peruse my other articles: historic vegetarian friendly bistros and brasseries and classy-chic vegetarian friendly restaurants and best vegetarian and vegan restaurants in Paris.

Bistrot Ernest

Not many restaurants have the perfect balance for carnivores and herbivores; the delicious market-based cuisine of Bistrot Ernest does just that. Thibault Lhirondelle had be co-managing the excellent cheese shop Le 38 Saint Louis before expanding his culinary pursuits with his own restaurant in September 2015. Or rather returning to his roots, as Thibault reacquire the bistrot owned by his father, Ernest, from 1998-2005.

A vegetarian himself, Thibault strives to use a maximum of both French and organic ingredients. Not surprisingly, he has an exquisite cheese selection, provided by the fromagerie, in addition to the freshest egg omelettes, creative salads, a vegetarian assiette du jour and several meat dishes served with luscious seasonal legumes. Everything goes down well with his hand-picked wine list comprised of independent producers. Thibault’s friendly smile and welcome are the cherry on the cheesecake; he’s already creating a community of regulars among the left bank gallerists.

Address: 21 Rue de Seine, 75006 Paris

Tel: 01 56 24 47 47 website

Hours: Tues- Fri 10am-10pm, Sat lunch

La Buvette Gastrothèque

There was a lot of hype and some controversy when American chef Jody Williams opened her Parisian branch of La Buvette Gastrothèque in 2013. A Parisian-inspired New York cafe opening in… Paris? Oui, it works and very well. La Buvette was an earlier member of the hipsterization of the South Pigalle area. Buvette, from boire, a French nickname for a place to get a drink, is exactly what this is, well, in addition to a tasty bite to eat.

The low lighting, small marble tables make for a romantic setting, the front corner of the bar is the perfect place to perch, possibly for a first date… will the glass of natural wine lead to ordering a couple small plates? Then maybe more? There are always several vegetarian items from ratatouille and chevre tartines to roasted beetroot with crème fraiche and sharing is oh so sexy. Read more on La Buvette in this detailed and interesting article by David Lebovitz. A note of caution, they don’t take reservations, so come early.

Address: 28 Rue Henry Monnier, 75009 Paris

Tel: 01 44 63 41 71 website

Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30am-12am, Sat-Sun 10am-12am

Pause Café

This café on popular rue Oberkampf might always be buzzing, however, if you sit inside instead of on the packed terrace, you can have a nice table à deux with fewer people. It offers a classic Parisian café feel with some intimacy and a hip edge. The reasonably priced menu has a number of vegetarian dishes including a great veggie burger.

Address: 41 Rue de Charonne, 75011 Paris

Tel: 01 48 06 80 33 website

Hours: Tues-Sat 7am-2am, Sun 9am-5pm

Brasserie Barbès 

Not merely a brasserie, the Barbès is world unto its own. As it should be. Imagine having the liberty to virtually build a restaurant from scratch within the city limits of Paris. That’s what Jean Vedreine and Pierre Moussié, les hommes behind the hip bars Chez Jeanette, Le Mansart, and Sans-Soucis, were able to do by acquiring the former site of the burnt down discount shop Vano. Two years of renovations converted the once dodgy corner into an empire of new wave Parisian cool.

Over four floors, there are several atmospheres from the ground floor verdant café, the first floor restaurant and “interior-exterior” terrace, the dance bar and finally the rooftop terrace. When I first had a chance to have a lunch date at the Barbès, I was impressed to find a weekly vegetarian special on the menu, however, opted for a spectacular salad of mache, cheese stuffed peppers, caper berries, olives and cream, there are also copious sandwiches on the lunch menu, including one veggie option. It’s best to reserve so you don’t have to wait. Come for lunch for a business or first/second date or for dinner if you might want to carry on your date late. If you haven’t been yet, this post by Rooksana Hossenally for HiP Paris provides a good background and overview.

Address: 2 Boulevard Barbès, 75018 Paris

Tel: 01 42 64 52 23 website

Hours: daily 8:30am-2am

La Fourmi Ailée & L’Eté en Pente Douce

I hesitated before finally deciding on the last restaurant for this category, and in this case, had to go with an oldie but goodie. I’ve been going to one of these two restaurants for years, they’ve been the setting of more than one date, one from my book in fact. Two magical restaurants, two unique decors, bordering two “touristy” neighborhoods, one menu to please all tastes. Run by the same owner for the last 20 years, La Fourmi Ailée (the Flying Ant), is situated on a quiet street a stone’s throw away from Notre Dame in the Latin Quarter, occupying a former bookstore turned tea salon by afternoon and lively restaurant where locals and tourists mix by night engulfed by walls of books and a blue sky overhead.

Whereas L’Eté en Pente Douce (named after the 1987 French film and early novel: Summer on a Gentle Slope), evokes its name to a T. Sitting on a small square at the foot of a Montmartre staircase, its colorful outdoor seating has the air of a summer guinguette along the Seine. On its newsprint menu you’ll find several vegetarian dishes including stuffed peppers (my personal favorite), pasta, vegan lasagna, salad, quiche, plus a good array of carnivorous dishes from lamb shank to beef carpaccio. Tasty cuisine, nothing gastronomique, but by the end you’ll be seduced by the ambience… and hopefully your dining companion.

Address:La Fourmi Ailée, Address: 8 Rue du Fouarre, 75005 Tel: 01 43 29 40 99 

L’Eté en Pente Douce, Address: 23 Rue Muller, 75018  Tel: 01 42 64 02 67

website, Hours: both locations daily 12pm-12am

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