You don’t need to totally break up with meat to get the benefits of meatless meals. Vegetarian meals are typically healthier and cheaper, and even one dinner a week makes a difference.
Less is more
Red meat and processed meats are high in calories, saturated fat, and often sodium. Too much meat is linked to obesity, heart disease, cancer, and type 2 diabetes. To reduce these risks, eat less meat and more vegetables, grains, and legumes.
More is better
Veggies are packed full of phytochemicals, those magic little compounds that do everything from repairing cell damage to boosting your immune system. When you make dinner plant-based, you’re automatically eating more of them. That means more nutrients, more fiber, and more things to keep you running smoothly.
Easy on your wallet
You can break the bank with exotic vegetarian ingredients if you want; otherwise, meatless is cheaper. Want to stretch your dinner dollars further? Double the recipe and get lunch leftovers. Two cheap, healthy meals, and prep time halved? Mind. Blown.
Finish out your summer with these vegetarian options:
- Meatless Monday? Taco Tuesday? Have this for both! Roasted Cauliflower and Lentil Tacos with Creamy Chipotle Sauce
- When your co-workers keep bringing you their home-grown tomatoes and zucchini: Zucchini Stew with Tomato Sauce and White Beans.
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Sources and External Links
Rigatoni with Roasted Pumpkin and Goat Cheesehttps://www.marthastewart.com/314073/rigatoni-with-roasted-pumpkin-and-goat-c
BAKED EASY CHEESY ZUCCHINI CASSEROLE RECIPE (ZUCCHINI GRATIN)https://www.wholesomeyum.com/recipes/zucchini-gratin-recipe-cheesy-zucchini-casserole/
Slow Cooker Recipe: Curried Vegetable and Chickpea Stewhttps://www.thekitchn.com/slow-cooker-recipe-curried-vegetable-and-chickpea-stew-67520
Chili Bean-and-Bulgur Cakeshttps://www.foodnetwork.ca/recipe/chili-bean-and-bulgur-cakes/20346/
ONE POT PEANUT SAUCE NOODLEShttps://www.veganricha.com/1-pot-peanut-sauce-noodles/
farro bowl with kale & figshttps://www.feastingathome.com/farro-bowl-with-figs-kale-goat-cheese/
ZUCCHINI STEW WITH TOMATO SAUCE AND WHITE BEANShttps://withfoodandlove.com/stewed-zucchini/
ONE POT SPINACH RICEhttps://www.watchwhatueat.com/one-pot-spinach-rice/
Roasted Cauliflower and Lentil Tacos with Creamy Chipotle Saucehttps://cookieandkate.com/roasted-cauliflower-and-lentil-tacos/
Hunting for the world’s most expensive fungushttp://www.bbc.com/travel/story/20120322-travelwise-hunting-for-the-worlds-most-expensive-fungus
What Are Phytonutrients?https://fruitsandveggies.org/stories/what-are-phytochemicals/
How to Reduce Your Risk of Diabetes: Cut Back on Meathttps://health.clevelandclinic.org/how-to-reduce-your-risk-of-diabetes-cut-back-on-meat/
World Health Organization Says Processed Meat Causes Cancerhttps://www.cancer.org/latest-news/world-health-organization-says-processed-meat-causes-cancer.html
Sorry, meat lovers: New Northwestern research confirms health risks, clashes with last year’s optimistic reporthttps://www.chicagotribune.com/business/ct-biz-red-meat-northwestern-health-study-20200203-7toeech5b5haffdyh6ftbebyna-story.html
Why You Should Go Meatless Once a Weekhttps://www.cleaneatingmag.com/personalities/why-you-should-go-meatless-once-a-week