When I first became a vegetarian, I quickly realized that if I wanted to eat well and feel well, I needed to find some smart recipes to keep in my back pocket. Sure, plain pasta with marinara or a simple romaine salad are technically vegetarian, but those meals don’t give me energy or keep me feeling full for very long.
A good vegetarian recipe, in my opinion, has some form of plant-based protein, a serving of vegetables, some whole grains, and lots of fresh herbs and fun sauces to keep things interesting.
Here are five vegetarian recipes that fit my criteria and have a recurring spot on my meal plan. Whether you’re a vegetarian or just want to incorporate more plant-based meals into your routine, you can’t go wrong with any of these.