Originally Posted by maykiesensei
I'm a college student and I have just started being a vegetarian. Any advice on what sort of food I should eat in order to keep my energy high?Any quick and easy recipes I can use with a college student's budget? Please help. Im only 16 and I only know how to make "boring" dishes out of my food. My family doesnt even know I'm vegetarian yet.
. It was a friend of mine who convinced me to convert but I'm really having trouble with what I'm eating.
(a lot of tofu, brocolli, cauliflower, fresh greens, meatless burgers).
Here's a few vegetarian things I like to make that are easy and tasty, and pretty high in calories.
Pasta and red sauce: Making a good sauce is way easy. (although it's not the end of the world if you use a jar) Just cook some onions/garlic/mushrooms in olive oil till they soften and add either fresh or canned tomatos. Simmer it for a while, add salt and pepper, and serve it on whole grain pasta. (much healthier) A really fast and good salad I like to pair with this is just: arugula, chopped bell pepper, balsamic vinegar, olive oil. Throw some avocado on that sucker if you want to get fancy.
Rice and beans: Making good rice is very easy (just get the time, temp, and measurements right, and use some boullion if you want more flavor) and a good way to improve on canned black or red beans is to simmer some onions in oil and add the can to this, along with a touch of vinegar. White rice isn't as healthy but if you use it this is fast. An easy side dish: just cut up an avocado and serve it with salt and pepper.
Oven potatos: Another easy one... just chop up red potatos, mix 'em up with olive oil, rosemary, salt, and pepper, and stick then in the oven until done. This is a good thing to have cooknig while you prepare something else.
It's helpful to have a lot of useful ingredients, spices and condiments. around, so you don't have to think too hard about what you're going to make. And you can't get gooin the kitchen by thinking about it; you just have to get in there and try stuff!