5 Vegetarian Meals That'll Have 'Meatatarians' Second-Guessing Their Eating Habits

5 Vegetarian Meals That'll Have 'Meatatarians' Second-Guessing Their Eating Habits

Vegetarian, pescatarian, or even if you are a "meatatarian," these meals will expand your palate.

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While being in college, I've tried cooking various different foods. Let's be honest, nobody likes dining hall food all the time. When cooking your own food, it can get expensive, especially if you eat a lot of meat.

These recipes are easy to make and very healthy for balanced eating:

1. Hummus Vegetable Wrap.

Ingredients-Serves one.

¼ Avocado

¼ Bell pepper

½ Black beans

½ Cucumber

½ Carrot, medium

1 cup Spinach

2 tbsp Hummus

½ cup Brown Rice

1 Tortilla, whole wheat or gluten-free

2. Quinoa Chili.

Ingredients - Serves six.

1 can Black beans

1 cup Corn, frozen

4 cloves Garlic

1 (7 oz) Green chiles

2 cans Tri-colored beans

1 Onion

2 cans Fire roasted tomatoes

2 cups Tomatoes

1 cup Quinoa , cooked

2 tbsp Chili powder

2 tsp Paprika

1 tbsp Olive oil

2 tsp Cumin

1 cup Water

1 cup Cheese

1 tsp Salt and Pepper

Hot sauce (optional)

3. Burrito Bowl.

Ingredients - Serves two.

1 can Black beans

1 Sweet Potato, cooked

1 cup Corn, frozen

¼ Onion

½ Lime

½ Avocado

¼ Green bell pepper

1 head Romaine Lettuce

½ cup Cilantro

1 cup White rice

½ Cheese

1 tsp Rosemary

1 tsp Basil

1 tsp Salt and Pepper

Hot sauce (optional)

Sour cream (optional)

4. Pesto Tortellini with Vegetables.

Ingredients - Serves three.

1 box Cheese tortellini, dry

½ Yellow Zucchini

½ Zucchini

2 cups Spinach

½ Onion

½ Corn, frozen

¼ Green bell pepper

¼ Red bell pepper

1 Tomatoes

3 tbsp Pesto

5. Strawberry and Cucumber Spinach Salad.

Ingredients - Serves two.

6 cups Spinach

1 cup Strawberries

1 cup English Cucumbers

3 oz Feta cheese

¼ Walnuts or almonds, toasted

¼ Olive oil, extra virgin

1 tsp Salt and pepper

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15 Best Pizza Places In The Scranton Area

In no particular order because they're all just too good, they're impossible to rank.

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Growing up in Scranton, PA, I'd like to consider myself a pizza connoisseur. Scranton and the surrounding areas are so spoiled when it comes to pizza... there are literally so many great places! I'm frequently asked for recommendations from out-of-town friends. I decided to compile a list of all of the best places, in my opinion. There are definitely more good ones not listed, but here we have the best of the best.

Once again, this list is IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER.

Vincenzo's Pizzaria

Most of the places in NEPA are square, but Vincenzo's is one of the best in the area for a classic round pizza! If you're feeling' New York style over Old Forge style, Vincenzo's is the move

Website: Vincenzo's

Facebook: Vincenzo's

Address: 131 N Main Ave, Scranton, PA 18504

Phone: (570) 347-1060

What I recommend: Round hot wing pizza or The Enzo or just classic plain

Maroni's Pizza

Maroni's is basically the epitome of square pizza for the people of West Scranton.

Website: Maroni's Pizza

Facebook: Maroni's Pizza

Address: 1345 St. Ann's St. Scranton, PA 18504

Phone: (570) 961-9531

What I recommend: Pepperoni square tray

Antonio's Pizza

My personal favorite round pizza in the area, Antonio's is way too under-hyped.

Facebook: Antonio's

Address: 930 Capouse Ave, Scranton, PA 18509

Phone: (570) 342-5584

What I recommend: Classic round plain

Arcaro's Pizza

The classic old-forge style pizza sitting upon Taylor hill! A favorite of many.

Facebook: Arcaro's

Address: 1306 S Main Ave, Scranton, PA 18504

Phone: (570) 961-6032

What I recommend: Square tray of plain

Alfredo's Cafe

Kevin Malone wan't lying when he said it is great pizza! Their double crusted white is amazing. (I mean, just look at that picture.)

Website: Alfredo's Cafe

Facebook: Alfredo's Cafe

Address: 1040 S Washington Ave. (South Side Shopping Center), Scranton, PA 18505

Phone: 570-969-1910

What I recommend: Double crusted white pizza or classic red square

Revello's Pizza

This place truly embodies "Old Forge Pizza." Also, it is a favorite place of Hillary Clinton! Although their classic old forge style is great, their double crusted white is to die for!

Website: Revello's

Facebook: Revello's

Address: 502 S Main St., Old Forge, Lackawanna County, Pennsylvania 18518

Phone: (570) 457-9843

What I recommend: Double crusted white, broccoli white, or tray of red

Nina's

When people talk about Nina's, they're probably talking about their wing bites, which are great, but did you know they have pizza too? (Spoiler alert: their pizza is also great!) I always order a slice on the side with my wing bites.

Website: Nina's

Facebook: Nina's

Address: 602 New York St., Dunmore, Pennsylvania 18509-2436

Phone: (570) 344-6069

What I recommend: The photo I included is of their round plain, but I personally love their square plain! Also, I recommend their double crusted hot wing pizza as well.

Cangiano's

Many people don't know about Cangiano's because it is relatively new to its new location on the Scranton Carbondale Highway. It is a shame that this place isn't well-known because they have really great food and the inside of the restaurant is literally so cool. (I know this post is about pizza, and their pizza is so good, but I'm also obsessed with their hoagies!)

Website: Cangiano's

Facebook: Cangiano's

Address: 235 Scranton Carbondale Highway, Scranton, Pennsylvania 18508

Phone: (570) 507-7122

What I recommend: The white pizza because it has ricotta, or their margherita pizza

Dino and Francesco's

They have really great Italian food and pizza! They're a favorite of many.

Website: Dino and Francescos

Facebook: Dino and Francescos

Address: 3366 Birney Ave Moosic, Pennsylvania 18507

Phone: (570) 346-4624

What I recommend: Red, white, white broccoli, or hot wing

Andy's

Andy's pizza has a really different taste the all of the others, and it is really good! I remember being surprised by how much I liked it the first time I had it.

Facebook: Andy's Pizza

Address: 528 Main St., Peckville, Pennsylvania 18452

Phone: (570) 489-9238

What I recommend: Plain, or, if you're a pickle fan, the pickler!

Armetta's

Armetta's is another really cute Italian place with a great food and a lot to offer! Their pizza, as well as everything else is great.

Website: Armetta's

Facebook: Armetta's

Address: 329 Northern Blvd., Chinchilla, Pennsylvania 18410

Phone: (570) 586-5492

What I recommend: The classic plain round tray

G&M Snack Bar in South Side Bowl

I know what you're thinking: bowling alley food? Can that really be in the top 15? Yes!!! Call me crazy, but I promise their pizza is sooo good.

Website: South Side Bowl

Facebook: South Side Bowl

Address: 125 Beech St., Scranton, Pennsylvania 18505

Phone: (570) 961-5213

What I recommend: a tray of red

Arcaro & Genell's

Arcaro and Genell's is another great place that truly embodies "Old Forge Pizza."

Website: Arcaro and Genell's

Facebook: Arcaro and Genell's

Address: 443 S. Main St., Old Forge, Pennsylvania, 18518

Phone: (570) 457-4262

What I recommend: plain red or double crusted white

Colarusso's in Clarks Summit

Colarusso's is a gem of Clark's Summit. Their pizza and buffet never disappoints!

Facebook: Colarusso's

Address: 100 E Grove St., Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania 18411

Phone: (570) 586-0608

What I recommend: red square with sausage

Gourmet Slice

A true Montage Mountain favorite, Gourmet Slice never disappoints with their various flavors of round pizza, as well as Old Forge style pizza.

Website: Gourmet Slice

Facebook: Gourmet Slice

Address: 1101 Shoppes Blvd., Moosic, Pennsylvania 18507

Phone: (570) 347-4992

What I recommend: my personal favorite is the hot wing pizza and the penne vodka pizza

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In Case You're Considering A Vegetarian Or Vegan Diet, Here Are 10 Food Ideas Perfect For Getting Started

It's easier than you think!

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When people talk to me about cutting out animal products, the number one complaint I receive is, "There are no options for vegetarians/vegans! I can't eat a salad every day!" Well fear not my animal-helping friends, it's not a terrible adjustment. In fact, people frequently feel happier and healthier after adding more fruits and vegetables into their diets. Here are 10 food ideas/advice that will be super helpful in your diet change!

1. Soup, soup, soup!

Soup is a great way to get started. There are so many ways to make it, the possibilities are endless! And it's very easy to make it vegetarian-friendly and still taste amazing. Use vegetable stock instead of chicken stock and explore the different vegetables and starches you can use!

2. Fruity meals for breakfast (trust me, it's great)

Wondering how to replace the bacon and sausage of the morning time? Smoothies, açaí bowls, fruit salad, fruit and yogurt, or even just plain sliced fruit with or without a dipping sauce — all great options. Not only are they great tasting and add to your meal, but fruit also gives a great energy boost for starting your day.

3. Tacos and burrito bowls (yes, Chipotle counts)

Personally, a lot of Mexican food has turned out to have easy vegetarian and vegan options. Instead of meat, there are lots of choices for substitutes, such as black beans, refried beans, grilled veggies, or sofritas if you're at Taco Bell. If you prefer vegan, choose guac over sour cream. Still so delicious!

4. Speaking of certain cultural food groups...Asian food!

From Chinese to Thai to Japanese and more, you cannot go wrong here. Lots of options for soups, noodles, and other dishes, lots of which are easy to make at home or order online! If you like tofu, you can always replace meat with tofu and enjoy your meal!

5. What about vegetable dishes and side dishes?

Learning how to work with vegetables is an important part of being vegan or vegetarian, and it's helpful for health reasons, as well. Roasting and seasoning broccoli sounds kind of difficult when you never do it, but once you start trying, it's pretty simple. One of my favorite meals to this day is string beans, roasted potatoes, and veggie burgers, all three of which take less effort to make than one main course of chicken cutlets.

6. Eggplant is a godsend

Craving chicken cutlets? Try eggplant cutlets! Want pizza without all the dough? Make eggplant pizzas! Want Italian food? Eggplant rollatini! It sounds strange, but eggplant is extremely versatile and very underrated. Eggplant dishes are egg-cellent.

7. And cheat day snack foods

Yes, you can be vegan or vegetarian and have fatty foods. If you're craving sugar, Oreos are great for cookie lovers, strawberries and whipped cream is great for vegetarians who love fruity sweets, or there are lots of candy options (just read the nutrition labels). Salt lover? You can still enjoy your potato chips, corn chips, salted popcorn, and more!

8. Be careful about nutrition and keep a variety

When switching to vegetarian or vegan diets, it's easy to stick to a few foods you already know you love. This is why lots of people get bored as vegetarians and switch back to eating meat. It's especially bad to do so if those few foods are unhealthy — you can't just eat pasta all day. Keep rotating food options and make sure to try new (or even previously disliked) foods! Before being a vegetarian, I never gave asparagus a chance, and now it's one of my favorite vegetables. If you are going vegan, you may have to be careful about vitamin B12, as it is difficult to obtain through veggies... BUT that's what supplements are for!

9. Like eggplant, cauliflower will be your BFF

Cauliflower is admittedly boring on its own, but ironically that makes it perfect for a variety of dishes. Some recipes include buffalo-sauced cauliflower, mashed cauliflower, cauliflower breadcrumbs, sesame cauliflower, cauliflower soup, cauliflower hash browns — the list goes on and on.

10.  Can't think of what to make right now? Use the Internet!

Googling recipes or finding guided recipes on YouTube are some of the best ways to decide what to eat. In addition, I highly recommend an app called Yummly. You can put in your food preferences and dietary restrictions when you download, and it will suggest recipes for you daily!

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