5 Pinterest Recipes I’ve Tried and Loved

I rarely try to make anything from Pinterest. This is especially true of anything crafty. The amount of time/effort/craft supplies needed usually is way more than I’m willing to commit to for something I don’t find fun. Truth time: I’d rather just buy something already made.

I’m also not a gourmet chef. I cook a lot of the same meals over and over again. So I’m thankful every day that N’s idea of a good meal is one that just shows up in front of him (I cook, he cleans up. House Rule.). He also doesn’t complain that we never eat meat at home. Win.

But every once and a while, the stars align and I find a pinterest recipe that is just perfection. All of these recipes are vegetarian. I’ve made each of these recipes multiple times, some on a weekly basis.

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Click the link or photo to be taken to the recipe by the food blogger who created it. Thank you food bloggers!

1. Black Bean Floutas


I wouldn’t rank this recipe as super healthy but damn, it’s good. I also really love this site in general for vegetarians because they have tons of recipes and don’t use fake meat products (which I’m not a huge fan of).

2. Quinoa Enchilada Casserole

quinoa enchilada cassarole

I make this recipe once a week! It’s that good. In fact, I’m eating it while I put the finishing touches on this blog post. Aside from a bit of cheese, there is nothing bad for you in this recipe. It’s also great for vegetarians because quinoa + black beans = lots of iron (something we struggle to get enough of).

As a side story, N swears that he does not like quinoa. I made this and we ate it, without telling him it was quinoa. He loved it. Then I told him it was quinoa. I know, sneaky.

We also always pronouce it “queen-o” like that hilarious commercial for God knows what. You know the one I’m talking about.

3. Smashed Chickpea and Avocado Salad Sandwich


This is a recipe that I can’t believe I found until 3 years in to my vegetarianism. For a long time I struggled to know what to take for lunch now that traditional sandwiches with lunch meats are of out of the picture. Now I take this for lunch all the time!

It’s great on a sandwich but I also eat it alone or with crackers. Honestly, this has changed lunches for me. It has made packing my lunch as a vegetarian so much easier.

4. Black Bean Burgers

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For two years of being a vegetarian, I just bought frozen black bean burgers in the frozen section at the grocery store. I had no idea how easy (and cheap!) it was to make them myself!

I googled “black bean burger” recipe and made the very first recipe that popped up in the results. Okay, so this isn’t via pinterest but it’s worthy of its spot on the list. Plus, I pinned it after I found it.

I’ve tried others since then but this one is by far the best one. It’s so good that N has been known to choose one of these over a real burger. I’m slowly converting him. Or maybe these are just that good.

I make them in the oven and then melt a slice of cheese on top, add sliced avocado, top with sziracha sauce, and serve with a side salad.

5. Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes


Cauliflower mashed potatoes sounded like something that only people on a paleo diet eat and swear they “omg taste just like the real thing” so I put off trying them for a long time. Then I tried them and loved them. The parmesan in this recipe does a good job of covering up any flavor that’s too cauliflowery. I also sometimes sprinkle some cheddar cheese on top and bake for a few minutes. More cheese is never a bad idea.

I’d like to thank all of the bloggers who shared these fabulous recipes. My dinners would be boring and pathetic without you.

If you liked this article, you might like 5 Things I Eat When I Really Miss Meat or The Best (And Easiest!) Salmon Recipe Ever

  • I have thought about becoming a vegetarian, or at least a pescatarian. These recipes sound delicious. I may have to try incorporating one into our weekly menu and see if he says anything.

  • Mmmm that avocado and chickpea salad sounds tasty! I have been needing some new lunch options and this sounds like it might do the trick!

  • Snap! I did this exact same post recently: http://everyday30.com/2014/10/pinterest-recipes-love/

    All the recipes are veggie too.

    I’ll be trying that quinoa casserole soon.

  • These all look great–that’s a lot of success!

  • I love pinterest as a place to find recipes, especially slow cooker ones that i can just leave in all day. its fab!

  • Seriously, thanks for sharing this. I’ve crashed and burned a few times with some pretty bad recipes!

  • I’m going to have to try that Quinoa Enchilada Casserole!

  • I usually buy frozen black bean burgers too! Will have to try and make my own!

  • Hanna

    is that a loofah?

  • I love these! I am moving to a more plant-based diet for my health – I am going to pin & try all of these!!!

  • Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed the Cauliflower “Mashed Potatoes” recipe. I stayed away from them for so long, too. lol. But they’re so good! Thanks for the link back 🙂

  • I didn’t realize I was hungry until I read this post. But hey, at least all of these recipes are easy to make! 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  • this all sound so amazing and love that they are all veggie. thanks for sharing and i need to add these to my rotation. and not tell my meat eating dude that they are veggie haha.

  • oh thanks for sharing the recipes. I am always looking for good ones

  • I loved this post, thanks for sharing! Some great ideas that I will definitely try out, especially the sandwich. Although I’m not a vegetarian I don’t eat much meat so these are some great alternatives. P.S. I love your blog, has the perfect mix of the types of things I like to read online. I’m a long-time reader but don’t usually find the time to comment, so thought I would say that today 🙂 xxx

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