Everyone is talking about plant-based meals. Whether you set a goal for yourself in 2018 or you are trying to eat more healthy, adding plant-based meals can be done in 3 easy steps.
STEP 1: PLAN FOR IT
That's right! When planning your weekly shopping trip, make sure to select a couple of plant-based recipes that you are going to make during the week. Write down the ingredients you need and voila - you have increased the amount of plants you are eating in one week. Now, this strategy doesn't have to focus on just one type of meal. A plant-based breakfast, lunch or dinner counts! Here are 3 recipes that may inspire you:
Apple Walnut Breakfast Bread (its vegan)
Vegan Mexican Stuffed Peppers (crock pot recipe)
Farro, Cannellini Bean, Parsley Pesto Salad
STEP 2: MAKE SUBSTITUTIONS
Adding plant-based meals doesn't mean going flextarian (someone who eats vegetarian/vegan 1/2 the week and eats meat/fish the rest of the time) or vegetarian. Here are some healthy ways to get more plants into your diet:
Instead of having rice or potatoes as a side dish, have two vegetables. Broccoli and corn go well together. Also, zucchini sauteed with onions pairs nicely with green beans.
Making a stir-fry? Go all veggie instead of adding meat! Mixing a whole bunch of veggies and cooking in a stir-fry sauce makes an easy & affordable plant-based meal.
Make a dinner salad with lean protein (chicken or salmon) or go meat-less by using chickpeas or a whole grain such as quinoa or farro. Here are a couple of recipes to try:
Spinach & White Bean Panzanella Salad
Mediterranean eggplant & chickpea salad
STEP 3: RELY ON FROZEN AND CANNED VEGGIES
There are times when fresh produce is either too expensive or you don't have the time to cook a whole butternut squash! That is where frozen & canned veggies can really help out. They are usually on sale at some point, which means you can pre-plan, stock up during the sale and use it later.
Some of my favorite finds in the frozen veggie aisle are cauliflower rice and cubed butternut squash. But make sure if you are shopping the frozen & canned aisle, that you look for veggies that are low sodium and not pre-packaged in sauces. Some of those pre-made sauced veggies are really unhealthy for you!
Try this Frozen Vegetable Stir-Fry recipe for inspiration!
I hope this blog post helped you identify easy ways to incorporate more plant-based meals into your routine. If you try any of the tips or recipes, please let me know what you think! Follow my blog on Bloglovin.