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My 5 Favorite and Easy Meals as a Vegetarian College Student

I will admit that I am a baby vegetarian. In other words, I only recently decided to cut meat out of my diet. I stopped eating red meat around two years ago and last January I stopped eating meat altogether. I'm not sure why I decided to do the veggie thing, but I tell people that, personally, it was healthier for me.

Last spring was my first semester being a vegetarian on campus. It was not difficult finding meals with no meat in them since I usually avoided the meat on campus anyway. This semester I am living off-campus and have access to a full kitchen. Here are 5 meals I enjoy as a vegetarian and food lover!

 

  1. A classic comfort food and cult favorite: Having a grilled cheese partnered with a cup of creamy tomato soup is best on any type of day. I usually use soup from a can when I am looking for a quick and easy meal. I would recommend adding caramelized onions or tomatoes into your grilled cheese to class it up.  
  2. Let’s spice it up in the kitchen: Burrito bowls are perfect for meal planning at the beginning of the week. I love to make rice or quinoa, beans, and veggies on a Monday and have a ready-to-go bowl for lunch or dinner. I usually add avocado, salsa, cheese, and hot sauce, but you can add whatever you prefer.
  3. Choose your own veggies: Veggie quesadillas are one of my favorites because I can use any kind of vegetables that are readily available to me. To give you some inspiration, I love adding broccoli, zucchini, corn, red peppers, and onions that are all cooked in a sauté pan before going into the cheesy tortilla.
  4. The sweet and salty combo is superior: Soy Peanut Noodles are super simple but super delicious. This is the recipe I used when first learning how to make them: https://thecookreport.co.uk/15-minute-soy-peanut-noodles/
  5. A meal if you are trying to impress: Sweet Potato and Black Bean Enchiladas contain some of my favorite ingredients to cook with and eat. I recommend following the recipe because this is an option that requires a full kitchen. But don't worry it is not a complicated recipe! https://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/sweet-potato-and-black-bean-enchiladas-5506806

 

Maya Graham

Stonehill '22

Maya is currently a senior at Stonehill College. She is majoring in psychology and minoring in educational studies. She hopes to work with kids after graduating as a child psychologist. While she loves to write, she also loves to play volleyball. When she's on campus she enjoys being with her friends and when she goes home she enjoys being with her dogs, Shiloh and Millie.
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