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12 vegetarian hacks that are borderline genius

Want to make your meat-free life easier? Check out these shortcuts to delicious food

12 vegetarian hacks that are borderline genius

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For a meaty tasting ‘Chilli Non Carne’, swap regular Red chillis for Chipotle chillis. The smoky taste will have even the avid carnivore reaching for more.

12 vegetarian hacks that are borderline genius

2.

For a good meat substitute, prick an aubergine all over with a fork and place directly onto a gas hob flame. Turn until blackened and place into a sealed bag to steam. Tear apart with forks. It gives the perfect meaty texture!

12 vegetarian hacks that are borderline genius

3.

Bulk out with Beans - Beans are a great addition to most dishes. They’re filling, high in protein and low in cost.

12 vegetarian hacks that are borderline genius
Image: Jamie Young

4.

Spiralize your Veg - Courgettes and Carrots offer a great alternative to pasta when cut using a Spiralizer. Low in calories and carbs.

12 vegetarian hacks that are borderline genius
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5.

Cauliflower Rice – Food process a raw cauliflower until you have rice sized pieces. Steam until hot. This creates a delicious low carb version of rice.

12 vegetarian hacks that are borderline genius
Image: Kiersten Frase

6.

Mix up your oils – Don’t be limited to just cooking with Olive, Rapeseed and Vegetable oil. Sesame, Chilli, Coconut and other infused oils can make all the difference to a meal with minimal effort involved.

12 vegetarian hacks that are borderline genius
Image: Rebecca Ciaramidaro

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Dry Roast your ground spices – This simple tip enhances the flavour of your spices and works great when cooking with ‘mock meats’…they need all the flavour they can get!

12 vegetarian hacks that are borderline genius
Image: Dassana Amit

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Opting for a pre-marinated tofu will save you lots of time in the kitchen. Tofu can have the stigma of being tasteless and plain but there’s no chance of that with the tasty garlic, basil or olive versions available.

12 vegetarian hacks that are borderline genius

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Miso paste can be a fantastic sauce base or marinade. Be sure to pick up the non fish sauce version

12 vegetarian hacks that are borderline genius

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Go big on the Garnish – Fresh herbs like coriander, basil, parsley, oregano and thyme can transform a dish alongside freshly sliced chillis, spring onion, lemons and limes.

12 vegetarian hacks that are borderline genius

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Always use seasonal and even more importantly use ripe produce to maximise flavour in meals.

12 vegetarian hacks that are borderline genius
Image: Tabitha Alterman

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Cook outside your comfort zone. Mediterranean, Middle Eastern, African and Asian cuisine has lots of inspiration to inspire new dishes. From Asian Style Pineapple Payapa Salads, to Spanish Croquettes via Middle Eastern Shakshukas, there’s plenty of options

12 vegetarian hacks that are borderline genius
Image: Katherine Martinelli

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