I know so many people who believe that to enjoy meat free meals you must become a vegetarian or vegan!, this is crazy, did you know that just one day a week meat free can increase the health benefits of all your hard work either in diets, exercise or just your regular daily health.
So what is Vegetarian food like??? Yeah I guess we have all heard the I am not a rabbit, I don’t do rabbit food etc but, vegetarian food doesn’t mean that it has to be all raw food, salads or boring, in fact vegetarian food can be full of flavour, protein ( found in meat ) carbohydrates, and all the Kilojoules you need for the entire day.
By just adding 1/2 a plate of non-starchy veggies, 1/4 of a plate of protein and 1/4 of a plate of carbohydrates you get all the nutritional values and sometimes more than your meat and three veg dishes.
In simple to understand terms this means make a rainbow coloured half diner plate or breakfast bowl (fruit) this is your non-starchy side then for your protein side add 1/4 of your plate with things like tofu, nuts, seeds, beans, or lentils and this covers all your protein needs for that meal and obviously we need the carbohydrates in our meal as these are the ones that provide ongoing energy and they are the other 1/4 of the plate and you usually use things like your starchy stuff, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pasta, rice, quinoa.
As you can see the thought of having a meal of the vegetarian kind three times in one day isn’t so bad when you start to think of the endless possibilities of meal creation. The three recipes that I have added next are some that are go to for me and I find very enjoyable to both make and ingest.
So that’s breakfast, and this will keep you going throughout the morning without the sugar drop that usually appears around the 10am time, this is the usual time that you start to head to the local shop for a chocolate/sweet fix.
Lunch Rice paper rolls,
These are easy to make once you have your preparation down and are SO, SO easy to pack for work.
Dinner is a rainbow feast plate.
This is awesome for kids as it is colourful and full of flavour, even my carnivore husband was really happy with this as a main meal and said he enjoys meat free nights ( I have hippified him). I make this for six so have cut the quantities down to what I think 4 would need, it takes 15 minutes of prep and then the cooking is over and done in 25 minutes….to easy Stevie.
That is it three meals all vegetarian, high in protein, nutritional extras and flavour…. A little note I have not added salt or pepper to these recipes as a lot of people don’t like them but I do add a full complement of spices and seasonings to our food.
So give meat free days a try to see how you feel and experiment with different recipes and ingredients to find the flavours that rock your world.
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