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Vegetarians Who Don’t Like to Cook: Spaghetti with “Meat” Sauce

Updated on February 20, 2016

It is hard to be a vegetarian and hate to cook. It is difficult to go out to eat all the time as vegetarian options may be limited and the prepared meals at the health food store can be way too expensive. You don't feel like chopping up a bunch of vegetables or making something from scratch because you hate the entire process of cooking. As a result, you have to get a bit creative. With this series, I will be sharing some of things that I make to eat that are vegetarian, but quick and easy to make.

Here is my Spaghetti with "Meat" Sauce - not a real recipe with measurements and all because I am so not a cook.

Pick your pasta of choice - You can get the tri-colored vegetable pasta or wheat pasta. Whatever you want is fine. Boil it and cook it to your desired taste.

Sauce - I dress up a can of Hunt's plain tomato sauce with no salt added (because I have high blood pressure). The jar kinds tend to have a lot of sodium, so I personally stay away. But, you can use any kind you want. Here is what I typically add to my sauce:

  • Quorn Grounds or some other type of meatless crumble can be added to give the appearance of a Bolognese meat sauce. I use Quorn which has 13g of protein per serving. It comes frozen, so I just have to pop it in the microwave with my can of sauce. No chopping or cutting. I only use about a serving size in my pasta dish for one. The amount you use depends on how lumpy you like your sauce and how many people you are planning to serve.
  • Frozen spinach can be added for some iron and some green leafy goodness. No need to have fresh spinach on hand and worry about it spoiling. Just keep a couple of bags in your freezer, and you can add it into any pasta dish to make it healthier.

A really ambitious person can add some frozen green peppers and frozen chopped onions to their sauce for added flavor.

Place your desired amount of sauce onto your pasta and top with a little bit of graded or shredded cheese, and you have a fulfilling dish with very little fuss.

You are done in about 20 minutes.

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    • aviannovice profile image

      Deb Hirt 21 months ago from Stillwater, OK

      Too bad that you don't live near me. I love to cook. Sounds like you have some great meal ideas, though.

    • AliciaC profile image

      Linda Crampton 21 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Thanks for the idea about using Quorn. I've heard of this product before but have never investigated it or bought it. It sounds like a useful substance.

    • always exploring profile image

      Ruby Jean Fuller 22 months ago from Southern Illinois

      Your sauce sounds good. I tried to be a vegetarian about four years ago, but I didn't make it. I did cut down on red meat. Thank you for the share...

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      Eric Dierker 22 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      I thought that is how everybody really cooked ;-)