The lazy vegetarian meals I’m about to share with you have helped losing as weight as a vegetarian much more doable. I kicked off 2019 down 32 pounds from 2018. It was, quite honestly, one of the best New Year’s updates I’ve ever been able to share. I was feeling pretty proud of myself.
I got even more response to sharing this news than I expected. When I posted about it on Facebook, I got a lot of questions about how I did it.
A light bulb went off. Big time. For more than a year, I’d been going back and forth with myself about what my next adventure would be. I stopped updating LPO Beauty, my previous blog, when I realized how many animal products are in beauty products. And with that one Facebook post, I knew what my next step should be … content for vegetarians. I’ll be sharing on YouTube soon about my decision to start this new brand, what I hope to accomplish and how I’ve been losing the weight.
In the meantime, I will tell you one of the main things has been making sure I keep my protein high enough each day. So I’m going to share three of my favorite lazy vegetarian meals. Sometimes, you just don’t feel like elaborate prep and cooking … but you don’t want to blow the progress or the effort you’ve been making. And, along the way, you figure out some shortcuts. I’m going to save you a little time and share some of mine:
Lazy Meal #1: Frozen Veggie Pasta
My good friend (ok she’s really more like a sister) turned me on to these. The Birds Eye Veggie Made Pasta are a simple solution. For around 400 calories for the WHOLE bag and 20 grams or more of protein, you really can’t go wrong with these. They just added new flavors, so I think they are up to five or six options. The alfredo is my favorite, because I feel like I’m “cheating” when I’m really right on track.
Lazy Meal #2: Greek Yogurt Mac ‘N Cheese
People who barely know me know about my obsession with mac and cheese and cheese enchiladas. Cheese. Carbs. Cheese. Carbs. You see the problem here? Other vegetarians, ya hear me? No wonder we have trouble losing weight.
That’s why Greek yogurt mac and cheese was a serious revolution for me. I can up the protein and lower the fat without losing any of that magical, creamy taste. I tried a few recipes, but I keep going back to this one from Chocolate Covered Katie. Seriously her recipe is genius.
The beauty is that it’s super adaptable. Her version is vegan, but I prefer to go vegetarian so I use real cheese and fat-free Greek yogurt. You can add whatever veggies wish AND if you’ve got carnivores at your table, they can throw meat in theirs.
Lazy Meal #3: Creamy Vegetarian Bean Bowl
I actually came up with this one a few weeks ago. The entire inspiration was that I wanted something lazy and easy, with stuff I already have on hand, that still lined up with my weight loss goals. Ta da! The creamy vegetarian bean bowl was born.
This is the perfect, quick option for days when you’re short on time, but still want a high protein vegetarian meal. With just five ingredients, you won’t need anything fancy for this one … just a bowl and a microwave. For less than 500 calories, you’ll get 22 grams of protein from this yummy, easy bowl meal.
- 1 Soft Taco Size Flour Tortilla
- 3/4 cup Canned Chili Beans
- 1/4 cup Shredded Cheese (I prefer cheddar or colby jack)
- 1 tbsp Light Cream Cheese
- 2 tbsp Light Sour Cream
- Place the tortilla in the bowl. If you like a neater bowl, fold down any edges that are sticking up.. It doesn’t have to be perfect.
- Pour the beans into the tortilla bowl. Microwave for one minute (stop the microwave early if it starts to get too hot too fast).
- Add the cream cheese and cheese. Microwave for one minute. If the cheese is not fully melted, microwave at additional 30-second intervals until it’s all melty and creamy.
- Top with sour cream and gobble it up! Seriously, the whole recipe should take 5 minutes tops.
To make it vegan: substitute vegan cheese, cream cheese and sour cream.
Serving Size:1 bowl
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 472 Protein: 22g