You don’t have to resort to meatless meats to get taste and comfort from vegetarian meals. Recipes that include mostly staples that you have in your pantry and refrigerator are nutritious and wonderful to serve to your family. Plus, these foods can save money on your grocery bill.
If you need inspiration to get started, Delicious meatless foods are available straight from your supermarket– and balanced recipes are available in cookbooks and online. Even restaurants are offering meatless entrees on their menus in support of including less meat in our diets.
Morningstar Farms products such as Breakfast Strips (bacon substitute) and Chik ‘N Nuggets are popular supermarket staples for vegetarians and those of us who practice the Meatless Mondays concept. These meatless items contain no fat or cholesterol and are usually lower in calories than their real meat counterparts.
As we struggle to improve our health and save money– and the environment– cutting down on our meat consumption has become an important part of our lives. You don’t have to give up the taste or even the texture of meat when there are meatless meats available that might fool even the most avid carnivore.
Physicians and dieticians are urging us to eat more meals based on a meatless diet to improve our health and combat the effects of obesity that’s costing our health care system millions in side effects.
Vegetarian black bean chili
Vegetarian black bean chili is a winner and so are pizzas, stacked high with lots of veggies and cheese. Veggie burgers that you make yourself or the frozen, packaged type that come under the names of “Boca Burgers” or “Gardenburgers” are great to grill outdoors, bake or heat in the frying pan.
Experimenting with meatless meats can be a culinary adventure and can help those meat cravings by providing a tasty and healthy substitute. Recipes for meat substitutes can be found online along with suggestions and information about brands you might want to try.
Type of meat substitutes
There are other brands and types of meat substitutes that can be found online or in specialty markets or health food stores. Manufacturers of these meat substitutes and health food items are constantly trying new techniques to mimic the taste and texture of real meat while giving the consumer a healthy alternative to meat.
Once had to choose from, meatless foods have come a long way from the tasteless tofu variety that we. Meatless meats now resemble both the texture and taste of meat so well that it could fool even the most dyed in the wool carnivore you know.
From Morningstar Farms, Beef Crumbles (made from soy) can be used as a ground beef substitute for soups, tacos, chili, spaghetti sauces and just about anything else you ‘d use in a recipe calling for ground beef. You can keep these items frozen until ready to use– and they require much less cooking time than meat.
Heart disease, cancer and strokes are just a few of the health concerns that have been linked to eating too much meat. Now, it’s an easy fix, because there are so many ways that you can cut down on meat intake and still ensure nutrition and taste.