VZ 282: 8 Simple Vegan Turkey Substitutes That Don’t Suck

turkey alternatives

It’s That Time of Year Again! Yes, the holiday season is officially upon us! So many holiday traditions are based around amazing food, and being meat-free doesn’t mean that you need to miss out. In fact, there are so many meatless alternatives to the traditional “holiday roast” and meat-based sides these days that you might […]

Quinoa Bites Recipe

Quinoa Bites Recipe - www.vegetarianzen.com

For being such a tiny little grain, quinoa really packs a nutritional punch.  It contains all nine of the amino acids essential to the human body, making it a complete protein.  It is fiber-dense, which helps promote bowel health, prevent heart disease, lower cholesterol, and keeps you feeling full longer.  Quinoa is also a good source of iron, magnesium and manganese.

These little bites are simple to prepare.  Serve them in place of fries the next time veggie burgers are on your menu.  They make a great side dish, but can also be the main attraction, with steamed or grilled vegetables on the side.

*Recipe adapted from Quinoa Tater Tots on Plant Based on a Budget.

Tofu Ricotta Recipe

tofu ricotta

Use this tofu “ricotta” as a filler for lovely lasagnas (such as our own Vegetarian Lasagna with Vegan Options), tempting tortellini and ridiculously-tasty ravioli.  The flavors blend together wonderfully in order to ensure that your vegan dishes are just as delicious (if not more so!) than their non-vegan counterparts.

Makes approximately 1 1/2 cups.

(Adapted from Chef Scot J. Jones’ Vegan Ricotta Cheese Substitute Recipe on vegetarian.about.com)

Basic Hummus Recipe


People who buy store-bought hummus often fail to realize just how easy it is to make at home.  A staple in Middle Eastern cuisines, hummus is a healthy, protein-loaded dip that can be served with pita wedges or chips, raw vegetables or crackers.

While this is a basic recipe, hummus is very adaptable.  By adding in vegetables or herbs, you can easily create a hummus that suits your tastes (see variations at end of recipe).

Cheesy Broccoli Patties Recipe (Vegetarian with Vegan option)

When things get crazy during the week, it’s always great to have quick, easy, go-to recipes to pull from so that you don’t resort to fast-food or expensive restaurants. Broccoli patties is one of those recipes! for us!

This recipe artfully combines crisp, fresh broccoli with leeks and garlic, crunchy panko breadcrumbs and two types of cheese (vegan cheese works too!) Instead of being overwhelmed by cheese, the flavor of the broccoli really shines through.

We LOVE the more subtle flavor of leeks, but you could easily substitute chopped onion instead.

(Inspired by Baked Cheese & Broccoli Patties on www.food.com)