How often do you eat a vegetarian meal? Have you ever tried to go vegetarian?
It’s a frightening thought for many, and not something I adhere to myself.
However, going vegetarian for at least one night per week is a great way to get more veggies and variety to your diet.
The added bonus is that your food bill may work out cheaper, because you’ll be reducing your meat intake.
Today’s challenge is to ‘go vegetarian’ and cook a vegetarian meal
You’ll need to replace the meat with a suitable healthy alternative. Alternatives to meat include:
- Peas, beans and lentils
- Soy-based foods, including tofu
- Seeds, nuts and nut butters (such as peanut butter)
- Eggs (if appropriate)
- 1 cup beans, peas, or lentils
- 2 eggs
- 8 oz. bean curd or tofu
- 1/2 cup shelled nuts
- 3-4 tbsp peanut butter
How to go vegetarian one day each week:
Try setting one day a week as your vegetarian day, and stick with it. Then make sure you have all the ingredients necessary for cooking that day.
If vegetarian cooking is new to you, look for new recipes by going online, or hiring a vegetarian cookbook from the library for more inspiration.
Breakfast will probably be pretty much the same as normal for you. But, if you do normally go for a cooked breakfast, you could try scrambled tofu with wholegrain toast, tomatoes, and mushrooms.
For lunch and dinner go for veggie stir-fries, rice, and pasta dishes, legume curries, stews or casseroles, vegetable soups, and salads etc.
For more info on vegetarian eating check out this series.
Will you add a vegetarian meal to your menu plan at least once each week?