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6 Steps to Vegetarian-ize a Main Dish Recipe

thai squash and pineapple curry
To help you on your plant based journey, I've put together some simple steps so that you can easily turn a traditional main meal into a delicious vegetarian dish. And if you haven't already you need to check out my post on Transitioning to a Plant Based Lifestyle: Why, How and What to Eat You don’t have to use all the steps, just whatever works for you to help you achieve the goal of a wonderful tasting vegetarian main dish recipe.   1. Substitute the meat portion of the dish with tofu, egg, mushrooms, lentils or goats cheese. Adding an egg to a sandwich in lieu of meat or scrambled egg to fried rice are great non-meat substitutions. Adding mushrooms to pasta to replace meat or substituting lentils in mincemeat dishes like lasagne or shepherd's pie. 2. Replace chicken stock with vegetable stock. Often a recipe is so close to being vegetarian already, that all you’ll need to do modify the stock choice. 3. Increase the vegetables to account for the meat you’ve removed. Add extra vegetables or legumes that are already in the recipe, or new vegetables that correspond to the recipe’s flavour. For example, kidney beans, courgettes and...
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What’s so good about a vegetarian diet?

Vegetarians rock!

I am so glad you asked! Of course I am a great advocate of this choice of lifestyle but I do have the information to back that up. Here are six good reasons for chossing a vegetarian diet: Vegetarian cuisine is naturally low in saturated fats, and foods of plant origin contain little or no cholesterol. Plant foods are also much higher in fiber than animal foods. Many plant foods contain significant amounts of vital B-vitamins, and folic acid: and fruits and vegetables are powerful sources of phytochemicals – nutrients that help every organ of the body work better. Vegetarians tend to eat fewer calories, since grains, legumes, fruits, and vegetables, volume-for-volume, tend to be lower in calories than meat and poultry. Studies have shown that as long as their diet is balanced and nutritious, the people who consume fewer total daily calories live longer and healthier lives. Veggie lovers believe that foods from plant sources, which are lower on the food chain, are safer than animal foods, since pollutants tend to concentrate in fatty tissues. While raw fruits and vegetables can carry harmful bacteria and pesticide residues just like meat, you can remove many of these pollutants by washing…

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5 Steps for raising a little vegetarian

little vegetarian

Josh who is now 6 has been a vegetarian all of his life. He is now becoming more aware and exposed to other options at school and at friend’s house which I do not limit him from experiencing but in our house, we are meat free. Here are my 5 steps for raising a little vegetarian: 1. Educate yourself There are a lot of myths about being a vegetarian and how healthy it is as a lifestyle. Educate yourself on the important information in terms of protein, calcium and micro nutrients. Start here with the 12 Frequently asked questions about being a vegetarian. 2. Get recipe ideas There are sooooo many recipe books out there with vegetarian ideas for kids. When I first became pregnant, I went out and bought 3 or 4 which was enough for me to put together the 10-14 dishes we eat on a regular basis. My favourite is Great Healthy Food for Vegetarian Kids by Nicola Graimes. It really is just about finding 10 key meals that you prepare and rotating them. There are also just so many online recipe sources that really you could get lost in. The point here to find ones you…

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