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Much of the news today focuses on the expense of food and the lack of food stamp funding. If you have dietary needs that are different, then it’s even harder to live on food stamps. If you are a veggie lover, fresh vegetables are one of the more expense things to find at the super market. Vegetarian meals are incredibly healthy when done right and can be easy to make. In addition, there’s plenty of vegetarian recipes that are food stamp friendly. If you love to cook, then these recipes are also going to tickle your taste buds and give you something savory each day that’s quick to make.

1. The Italian Dish

For this recipe, you just need angel hair, your favorite type of mushrooms and tomatoes. In one idea, you combine 2 portabella mushrooms, chopped and a can of diced tomatoes, drained. Just cook the angel hair pasta and sauté mushrooms. Add tomatoes, garlic powder, onion powder, basil and just a bit of balsamic vinegar. Saute all of this together in the pan for another 5 to 10 minutes. Serve over the angel hair pasta and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

2. Egg Salad Sandwich

Eggs are incredibly versatile and contain some of the essential nutrients for healthy living, but if you’re vegetarian, they’re not really on the menu. Instead, for this recipe, you’ll use tofu, another way to get your essential nutrients. You’ll need ½ lb. of firm regular tofu, two green onions, chopped fine; 2 tbsp. of relish, 1 tbsp. of whipped cream cheese, 1 tsp. mustard, ¼ tsp. cumin, ¼ tsp. turmeric, ¼ tsp. garlic powder, whole wheat bread, lettuce and tomato slices. Mixed the tofu after mashing it up with the spices, mustard and whipped cream cheese. Spread on to bread and add lettuce and tomato for a delicious lunch.

3. Pita Rollups with Rice and Spinach

Pitas are great for making all types of lunch or dinner recipes. For this idea, you need two tomatoes, 2 to 4 pitas, raw spinach or frozen spinach, hummus, olive oil, garlic, rice and cilantro (optional). Prepare rice first and steam the spinach. Add spices to rice to make it the way you like and then stuff pita with spinach, tomatoes and other condiments.

4. Veggies and Lentils

This is a relatively simple kind of soup to make and it’s delicious as it is cheap to get all the ingredients together. Lentils are one of those do-it-all foods that you can find for amazingly cheap prices at most grocery stores. For this recipe, you’ll need 1.5 cups of lentils, water, cubes of vegetable bouillon, one small onion, chopped fine, 3 to 4 garlic gloves, chopped fine, two carrots, two celery stalks, three bay leaves and salt and pepper. Combine all the ingredients together in a stock pot and simmer for 1.5 hours.

5. We Heart Broccoli

Broccoli is one of the best vegetables you can eat. For this meal, you need florets of broccoli, two to four large cloves of garlic, olive oil and salt and pepper. Use a large pan on the stove and thinly coat with olive oil. Crush garlic and place into the oil, then turn up the heat to medium high. Add broccoli and sauté for three to five minutes. Cover and let sit for 15 minutes. You can add parmesan cheese lightly to make this dish even more tasty.

6. A Veggie Delight Pizza

You can find pizza dough at the grocery market or use pitas, Naan bread or other flat bread to make an easy surface for a pizza. Just add your favorite toppings of vegetables, which doesn’t have to be limited to peppers and onions. You can steam cook broccoli and cauliflower, add cheese and tomato sauce for a delicious breaded treat.

7. Veggie Kabobs

Pick any vegetables of your choice and chop large. Some vegetables that are amazing for kabobs include zucchini, eggplant, green or red bell peppers, onions and mushrooms. You also need ¼ cup balsamic vinegar, 1 tbsp. Dijon mustard, ½ tsp. rosemary, 2 garlic cloves and salt and pepper. Combine all of your vegetables and ingredients into a bowl. Preheat oven to broil or use a barbeque grill. Place vegetables on skewers in a broiler pan and cook for 15 minutes. Baste the vegetables every few minutes with the left over marinade. Serve over rice or eat plain.

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