3 Easy Vegetarian Dinners

Incorporating more vegetarian meals into your weekly diet is a great idea and could have major benefits for your heart health. That’s why many American families have embraced the idea of “Meatless Monday.” The basic idea is to limit meat intake by picking one day a week to eat vegetarian meals.

There are several benefits to this idea:

  • Heart health – Studies show that eating less meat can lower your blood pressure and your cholesterol, and your risk of contracting heart disease. In fact, vegetarians are 32% less likely to die from coronary heart disease.
  • Longevity – Incorporating more plant-based foods in your diet as opposed to large amounts of red meat can actually help you live longer. Don’t think you have to turn vegan to reap these benefits, though! Simply limiting your red meat intake can have huge health benefits.
  • Better for the environment – Eating less meat and more plant options can really help the earth. For example, 1,800 gallons of water are required to produce one pound of beef. Just 108 gallons of water are required to produce one pound of corn. You do the math!
  • Weight management – Focusing on plant-based foods can help you lose or maintain weight. Focus on fiber and natural flavors for a meal that leaves you satisfied and healthy!
  • Overall health and wellness – Researchers have linked diets high in vegetables and fruits and low in processed meats to a whole host of wellness benefits. For example, you can limit your colorectal cancer by avoiding red and processed meat. Red meat consumption has also been linked to possible increases in cancer of the endometrium, lung, pancreas, and esophagus, while processed meat may raise your likelihood of developing esophagus, lung, prostate, and stomach cancer. Avoiding excess amounts of meat
  • Helps you save money – Last but not least? Meat is expensive! You can cut your grocery bills, your cholesterol, your blood pressure, and your weight all by making some simple swaps and opting for less meat in your meals.

Three Fast & Easy Meatless Meals!

So you want to start your meatless meal journey—but where? This is an exciting move because there are so many flavor combinations and amazing options awaiting you, packed with fiber, vitamins, and tons of other health benefits! Here are just three of our favorites.

  • Quinoa bowl – Cook up a batch of delicious quinoa; mix in vegetables, beans, olive oil, chickpeas, parsley, goat cheese, roasted sweet potato, or whatever else you can dream up for a delicious and nutritious warm bowl of goodness! You can even add a fried egg for extra taste and protein.
  • Roasted sweet potatoes with poached eggs and roasted vegetables – Bake a medium-sized sweet potato and top with a poached egg and your choice of vegetables and seasonings for a warm and savory meal.
  • Super kale, hemp, and flaxseed oil pesto – Click here for a recipe. Packed with omega-3s and super fast and easy to make; what could be better?

These are just a few out of the box ideas to get your creative juices flowing. There are so many options for beautiful, nutritious, vegetarian meals that leave you satisfied and happy and healthy—you’ll never miss the meat! Happy cooking!

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