The question is is the Reducetarian Trend for you. I truly could be a path to Healthier Eating and Living.
Well friends it is January (aka Veganuary) and this is when so many of us regroup and try to make good choices for the year to come. Healthy Eating for Healthy Living Trends will really help you on your way! I really love this approach much more than a “diet”. Establishing an Eating Life Style that is good for us will make us all much happier and we can guide the way to loose some pounds if need be.
I have been a Vegetarian for over 25 years and have recently gone Vegan and I can truly tell each and everyone of you that it is a great life style with ton of options and more and more are being added each and every day. The hot new Food Trend for those of you that are not ready to commit to a Vegetarian or Vegan Life Style totally is Reducetarianism. What is that you ask… it is the gradual reduction of meat… dairy and egg based products in your daily food intake. There are tons of Salads, Pasta Dishes, Bean Creations, Soups and so much more that you can add to help you along the way! It is great for your health… wonderful for the environment and my number one reason for being Vegan… it is the best for our animal friends. By the way… “A whopping two-thirds of Americans now report eating plant based meat alternatives.” today.com They are great and offer an immense variety and added to a good solid Whole Food diet plan it’s a win win. Who knows… by trying this simple theory out you may find that it is the eating style you have been looking for. I have to be honest… I never looked back!
Some quick and easy ways a reducetarian may start is instead of a cow milk latte they opt for an oat, soy, cashew based drink… or simply use a plant based milk in their coffee and tea. By the way… there are some amazing creamers out there! Add a slice of dairy free cheese on a roasted vegetable sandwich… or sprinkle some Vegan grated cheese on your Marinara Spaghetti! Next time you hit the fast food circuit… try a Vegan Whopper… you won’t believe your taste buds and guess what… Kentucky Fried Chicken is adding Plant Based Nuggets to their menu which is BIG! Did you know you can have a potato taco at Taco Bell made with potatoes, tomatoes, avocado, lettuce and some hot sauce! The Vegan options that are coming are plentiful. We will explore tons of other tasty alternatives in future posts.
Dining out… it’s a whole new world. You no longer have to order a steamed vegetable dish with plain pasta like the old days… there are tons of options and restaurants are very friendly about creating what you want… just ask! From little Bistros to Independent Restaurant to Large Chains… things are changing! You taste buds have to get ready for Vegan Lasagna, Chick’n Masala, Philly Cheese steaks, Enchiladas, oh and let us not forget Panda Express Orange Chick’n. A whole new world awaits you!
Here are some fun recipes that will help you get a head start! They are so diverse and so packed with flavor you aren’t going to believe your taste buds! We will be back with all different collections of Plant Based Foods and some original Recipes too so stay tuned! Let us know your questions about Plant Based Foods and Recipes… we want to help you as much as we can!
Quick and Easy Savory Plant Based Meals
One-Pot Vegan White Bean Shakshuka – Making Thyme For Health
This one pot meal is luxurious… it only takes 30 minutes to make and it is delicious! A real crowd pleaser for any meal of the day. Don’t forget some yummy fresh bread!
Vegan Mushroom Pasta With Spinach – Bianca Zapata
Can you believe this amazingly scrumptious beautiful meal is ready in 15 minutes… well it is and let me tell you… it won’t disappoint! Oh and did I forget to mention it is so healthy! Try this today! (Note: If you don’t have plant based cream available around you… I add 1/2 cup of Tofutti Sour Cream and it is perfect if you like things a bit creamy. You could also use any homemade Vegan sour cream also.
Quinoa Taco Meat (Vegan) – Savor The Flavor
Now this little creation is the perfect thing to have at the front of your fridge for the week because you can make so many different meals from it in a snap! Come and see how Red Quinoa (a grain filled with nutrients and protein) is turned into the tasty taco filling you all know and love without a stitch of meat and cholesterol! Simmer this mixture up and then take it out and create tacos, quesadillas, enchiladas, Mexican lasagna, taco salad, nachos and so much more. There is a plethora of plant based shredded cheese out there too! If you love to meal plan… put this on your list for sure!
Roasted Tomato Basil and Feta Orzo – Half-baked Harvest
This is such a great Family Meal. It is bursting with flavor that will please everyone’s tastes! It’s a simple process and is truly a quick and easy pasta meal. To make this totally plant based… you can use Vegan Feta Cheese… I have tried Follow Your Heart and Trader Joe’s Feta and they are yummy! I have a feeling that this will become a regular!
How to Make a Vegan Charcuterie Board – Minimalist Baker
Sometimes it is fun to have a bit of a grazing board for Dinner… it is also great for a Lunch. The perfect item to serve during a party, big game and the list goes on and no one will even know they are eating plant based!!! This is just a base model… you can add anything you would like… let your imagination soar! You will get hooked!
Cashew Tofu – Gimme Some Oven
I heard you moan out there… don’t be a Tofu hater ok… I am being honest… I have fallen so deeply in love with it… it’s like my favorite thing! This dish is filled with tasty and healthy veggies… roasted cashews and crispy tofu all tossed in a yummy ginger store fry sauce which is to die for! A great alternative to take-out… one of my favs!
BBQ Black Bean Burgers – Avant Garde Vegan By Gaz Oakley
Let me tell you… Gaz is one of the most amazing Vegan Chefs out there… if you want an over the top meal… drop by and Gaz has it for you. His Vegan Bacon… AMAZING (Might take a bit of time but so worth it and would go great on top of this burger! This is a delicious blend of meaty mushrooms, flavorful beans and a great blend of flavors. Then comes the toppings which just puts this creation over the top! You just might not every crave a hamburger again. Note… if you are looking for an almost exact replica of a Hamburger… I would suggest trying the Beyond Meat Burger or the Impossible Burger… I swear you can’t tell the difference!
Sweet Potatoes Many Ways – Love & Lemons
Do you have any idea how good a sweet potato is for you??? Adding them to your meal rotation will do your body good! Here is a great selection on how to turn them into an entire meal (I would add a little salad too). This Chef is primarily Vegetarian … if you want to Veganize the recipe… just omit or substitute with a vegan product. I use the Tofutti Sour Cream for the Tzatziki Sauce and it is perfect!
Asian Chickpea Salad – Healthy GF Family
Need something fresh and satisfying that is also Gluten Free? Well then this Asian Inspired Chickpea Salad with Miso Ginger Dressing is just what you have been looking for! Filled with veggies… protein from beans and nuts and yummy grains all blended into a bright and tasty dressing.
Quick and Easy Home Made Veggie Chili – The Cooking Collective
This Chili comes together in a snap… so it is perfect for those busy days where time is short but you still want a hot and yummy Dinner! Don’t forget the toppings (especially the avocado)!!!!
Pulled Shiitake Mushroom BBQ Sandwich – Vegetarian Gastronomy
The more plant-based creations you make… the more you will find out the value of mushrooms! They can take on so many different roles. Like this recipe… you are going to witness the Shiitake Mushroom take care on the personality of pulled pork and not even know the difference! Be sure to toast that bun… it makes all the difference!!! Oh… by the way…you are welcome lol!
Asian Vegetable Stir Fry Noodles – Ela Vegan
In 25 minutes (shorter period of time than to call for take-out) you can have a big bowl of steaming hot Lo Mein!!! This quick and easy meal is soooooooo good… you might never make that phone call again! They use linguine in this recipe and it is delish but if you can get your hands on some fresh Lo Mein noodles… do it!!!! BTW… the more veggies added the better! If you truly miss the meat… why not try some Vegan Omni Pork Mince… prepare and toss through for an extra kick… but trust me… it is perfect the way it is!
Vegan Shepherd’s Pie With Lentils – Bianca Zapatka
Oh… this one is perfect on a chilly evening when you are not only looking for a good meal… but one that feeds the soul! Crispy mashed potatoes topping a yummy mixture of lentils… veggies and gravy! It is a healthy… hearty… tasty… casserole will satisfy everyone and if you have leftovers… it’s even better the day after!
Vegan Ramen – Vegan Huggs
There is not a person in my life that doesn’t enjoy a big bowl of delicious Ramen…how about you? Well this dish has everything you are looking for and more! You can also add any other veg that you would like but it is pretty perfect the way it is! I am hungry just writing this! For Tofu beginners… be sure to use Extra FIRM Tofu and don’t skip any of the ingredients… they brew a perfect broth!
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