1. Whole Grains
Several grains, such as whole quinoa, millet, bulgur wheat and barley can be used as a healthy alternative to rice as a base for stir-fries and curries, as they have a similar texture and flavor. Whole grains are also usually priced very cheap at around a dollar a pound. To add extra flavor, cook in vegetable broth instead of water. Whole grains are also an excellent source of protein for vegetarians. See also: Easy Whole Grain Quinoa Recipes
4. Veggie Burger Mix
Veggie burger mix (also called Nature’s Burger mix) is quick and easy to prepare, and although tasty, you may prefer the pre-made versions. The recipe on the bin will tell you to just add water, form into patties and fry, but I like to add different spices, such as chili powder, garlic and a little extra salt. For a lower fat version, place patties on a flat surface and microwave for two minutes, flip the patties over, and cook for one more minute. Veggie burger mix can also be used to make vegetarian meat loaf. Pictured: Nature's burger from mix, with avocado
5. Tabouli Mix
Tabouli, a vegetarian Middle Eastern bulgur wheat salad has a tangy and rich flavor, and is perfect to bring to a potluck or pack for lunch at school or work. Add water, fresh diced tomatoes and lemon juice to the bulk mix and viola - you have tabouli salad! Again, no one will know it’s not homemade, both in appearance and taste. I like to use more tomatoes than the bin recipe calls for and add a small handful of fresh spinach for some extra nutrition as well. For a flavorful variation, try adding fresh mint leaves.