May 21, 2017

Vegetarian Recipes: Just Add Meat

by ironparadisefitness

Vegetarian food doesn’t have to be all boring salads and no taste. These quick and easy vegetarian recipes show you there is another way

First of all, vegetarians get a bit of a bad wrap in the fitness and bodybuilding community.  After all, it’s all about truck-loads of chicken and a much steak you can fit in your belly every day, right?  And I’m sure you get the feeling everyone’s forgotten about you when it comes to recipes.  So you’ll be glad to know this week’s #mealprepsunday blog is solely focused on tasty vegetarian recipes.

And the meat eaters amongst you need not feel left out either.  Because these recipes don’t just have to be vegetarian recipes.  Without even a second of forethought they can be transformed into a protein-packed, meat-eaters heaven.

So what can you expect from this week’s vegetarian recipes?

Vegetarian Recipes, but not as we know it…

Ask someone what springs to mind when they think ‘vegetarian recipes’ and the first words out of their mouth will usually involve salad.  And while this isn’t a bad thing, no-one wants to eat dry leaves every meal.

And it definitely doesn’t have to be that way.

First up, I’ve got a delicious tortilla and hummus recipe, which I know you’ll love.  With this recipe you’ll be making the hummus from scratch, which definitely makes all the difference.  And if you ask me these tortillas are pretty damn good on their own.  But you meat lovers out there can throw in some cooked chicken for the perfect meal!  And did I forget to mention how good they are on the macros!

Scroll down to check out how macro friendly these bad boys are!…

After you’ve whipped up your tortillas, you can move on to another Mexican dish.  Next up we have a Mexican salad.  But this is far more exciting than dry spinach, rocket, and kale.  This recipe has bags of flavour just bursting out of the bowl.  And this one is pretty awesome for those micros too.  You want healthy?  Iron Paradise Fitness gives you healthy baby! (minor Metallica reference there…).

These vegetarian recipes are great on their own, but throw in some chicken for a delicious, protein-packed meal.

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So without further ado, let’s dive straight into Meal Prep Sunday and let’s get cooking!…


Tortillas with Smoked Pepper Hummus

Iron Paradise Fitness Vegetarian Recipes Tortilla Hummus

Recipe makes 4 servings

Nutritional values per serving


Protein = 6g

Carbs = 28g

Fat = 6g


Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 0 mins

WHAT YOU NEED (for the hummus):

  • 14oz. (400g) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • ½ juiced lemon
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. tahini
  • ½ tsp. smoked paprika
  • ½ tsp. cumin
  • water

WHAT YOU NEED (for the tortillas):

  • 4 tortilla wraps
  • 4 tbsp. smoked paprika hummus
  • 2 handfuls romaine lettuce, cut into strips
  • 1/2 cucumber, halved and sliced
  • 1 red pepper, cut into strips
  • handful bean sprouts


To make the hummus, add all ingredients to a food processor and blend until smooth adding water until a desired consistency is achieved.

Heat the tortillas according to the instructions on packaging. Spread a tbsp. of hummus on each and top with lettuce, cucumbers and peppers. Spread the bean sprouts on top and serve.

Mexican Salad with Roasted Sweet Potato

Iron Paradise Fitness Vegetarian Recipes Mexican Salad Sweet Potato

Recipe makes 4 servings

Nutritional values per serving


Protein = 11g

Carbs = 54g

Fat = 28g


Prep Time: 15 mins

Cook Time: 25 mins


  • 27 oz. (750g) sweet potatoes
  • 1 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 14 oz. (400g) can black beans
  • 5 oz. (150g) sweet corn
  • 2 small red onions
  • 10 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 avocados
  • lime wedges, to serve


Preheat the oven to 200 ° C. Cut the unpeeled potatoes into 3 cm. wedges and spread on a baking sheet.

Mix together the paprika, olive oil, salt & pepper and rub into the wedges until well covered. Bake the potatoes at the center of the oven for about 25 min. until golden brown.

Meanwhile, place the beans and sweet corn in a colander, rinse under cold water and drain. Chop the onion and mix in with the beans and corn.

Cut the tomatoes into quarters and season with salt & pepper. Cut the avocado in half lengthways; remove the pit and scoop out the flesh. Cut the flesh into chunks.

Divide the potatoes, tomatoes, avocado and bean mixture between 4 bowls and serve with lime wedges.

So there you have it.  A couple of great vegetarian recipes that are both delicious on their own, but are also versatile enough for the carnivores out there to modify.

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