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Have you ever tried to go “meatless”? Whether it’s a meal a week or a meal a day, switching up your normal foods for something that’s plant-powered has many benefits. Plant-based foods have been shown to improve health, can introduce you to new ways of enjoying your favorite flavors, and can help save money at the grocery store.
You might be thinking that all sounds great, but wondering how it’s possible to create a meal out of plants that is delicious and satisfying.
PSA: Plant-based meals are more than just a bowl of lettuce.
If you’re new to plant-powered cooking, here are some tips to keep in mind:
Shift your expectations. When it comes to meatless alternatives, sometimes it’s better to leave the original untouched. Why? Because coconut bacon doesn’t taste like real bacon, and if you think it might, you’re going to be sorely disappointed. Instead of looking for meatless replicas of your favorite meat-based foods, try shifting your expectations. Find a meal that sounds delicious for what’s in it, not what you think you might miss out on.
Focus on flavor. This is the very thing that’s going to leave you feeling satisfied. Flavor can be added many different ways through a variety of ingredients, spices, herbs, citrus fruit and condiments. Don’t be afraid to play around with different combinations. Pro tip: when it makes sense to add a sauce, add it. Creamy, decadent sauces help lock in ultimate flavor and satisfy your taste buds in a way that you would’ve never expected.
Keep it whole. Unfortunately, a lot of meatless alternatives are highly processed and will do your body more harm than good. Just because something is vegan, doesn’t mean it’s healthy. Look at ingredient labels and make sure you recognized the foods listed. When cooking at home, use minimal, simple flavors and ingredients to create a delicious meal.
15 Recipes to Try for Meatless Monday
Trying something new at home can be fun and adventurous. I challenge you to pick one of these recipes above and add it to your menu plan next week! Happy cooking.
Carly Paige, health coach and cooking instructor, believes that healthy doesn’t have to be hard. Her mission is to show you simple swaps in and out of the kitchen to elevate your everyday that will transform your health. Carly is the author of Simply Swapped Everyday, a healthy guide and cookbook with over 75 plant-powered recipes and founder of FitLiving Eats – a place where she shares nutritious recipes and how-to guides.
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