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Meatless Meals Benefit Your Health
A ''Flexitarian'' Diet Meets in the Middle
3/16/2009 12:27:58 PM
I feel so much better after having given up meat. I also really try to limit my dairy by using almond or rice milk and skipping the cheese in many recipies. The funny thing is that in many meals, taking out the cheese either improved the meal or didn't make a difference. A few soy free meatless dinner ideas:
Pita bread with falafal, hummus and spring greens Grilled Vegetables with brown rice Vegetable Quiche Polenta topped with tomato sauce Spinach Omelet Vegetable or Lentil Curries
A lot of soups can become vegetarian by substituting the chicken broth for vegetable broth. A book that I've really enjoyed using is How To Cook Everything Vegetarian by Mark Bittman. He is an omnivore but while writing this book he developed an appreciation for vegetarian fare.
8/30/2008 2:42:59 AM
Take that "Skimp on cheese" thing to heart. The weight I am trying to lose right now is weight that I gained when I became a vegetarian, because I overcompensated with fatty cheeses. And that weight piled on quick.
About half my days are meatless (no fish, shellfish, beef, poultry, etc). I have always been a real meat lover, so this has been a huge change for me. I was never very happy with replacing meat with soy products ... soy just is not the same taste, texture, etc as meat, so it never worked for my.
What I've found HAS worked is not trying to 'replace' meat, but rather eat dishes that were never meant to have meat. That way there isn't anything 'missing' or badly substituted. To do this, however, requires that I be willing to try new things and new combinations.
Getting a few good veggie cookbooks (or looking online) is a great way to come up with some vegetarian dishes that aren't trying to be meat dishes. Even trying a new dish once a week for a meatless meal can open up a lot of possibilities!
I agree with LJD209 that more non-soy options would be appreciated. My husband I tried to start eating healthier a couple of years ago, but he started feeling worse instead of better, apparently because of all the soy put into a lot of healthier processed foods. I know, we should be eating less processed foods anyway. Anyway, still a good article, and a reminder that we still need to keep trying. One thing I found was substituting chopped mushrooms for meat in chili really satisfies me, but not so much my hubby...back to the drawing board.
5/9/2008 11:50:58 PM
This article presents a great idea, but I wish it presents some more non-soy protein options for us who are allergic to it.
Thanks for this article! I don't eat red meat at all, I will eat poultry and seafood and try to eat vegetarian for dinner at least once each week. My breakfast and lunch are usually meat free. It is funny how you tell people you don't eat red meat and they ask "what do you eat?" There is so many options I don't miss meat at all.
I am glad to hear the word flexitarian. I have a word for what I do now. I have no problem skipping meat for many meals. Really, meat is a side for my son to eat at dinner and I eat it if I want to.
4/25/2008 12:23:24 PM
I like that the article mentions that dairy is just as bad as meat. When I became a vegetarian 28 years ago I largely substituted cheese for meat. I'd eat cheese tacos instead of beef. I'd eat cheese chili rellenos instead of fajitas, etc. I didn't really see any improvement in my health until I started to avoid dairy a few years ago. Personally I think dairy is even worse than meat from a health point of view. Avoiding dairy did wonders for my allergies and asthma.
This a good article with a simple approach to removing meat from a eating regime. I have been trying to get meat out of my diet, but so many diets that tell you that the only way to lean out and lose body fat is by adding at least half your body weight in protein-chicken breast and lean red meats. This has been a struggle for me because, although I like meat, I am a picky meat eater. The texture has to be jsut right for me to eat it.
Hopefully, I can soon remove meat totally-I have been eating some meals througout the day without it and all I need to do know is maintain my caloric intake.
Any cookbook from Nava Atlas is wonderful and she's got an extensive easy-to-use website. She really tests the recipes and makes it easy on the cook from beginning to end. Christina Cooks is the only vegetarian (vegan) cooking show that I know of that's on regularly... Christina Pirello is fun to watch, very approachable, and makes going vegan seem doable even for me (a cheese addict).
I've been eating this way all my adult life, to save money as well as to stay healthy. Normally I eat a bit of meat only at lunch & sometimes when we go out to eat. However, since I've been tracking my food at SP I've noticed that according to SP guidelines I'm low in protein almost every day. I drink milk every morning, have two slices of meat on a piece of bread at lunch, & often have beans, tofu or scrambled eggs at night. Still my protein is low--& often fats are low as well. Lately I've been ADDING a daily ounce of cheese to my diet to make up my quotas. (By the way, we tried Tofurky at an early Christmas dinner this past weekend, & it didn't score with us for taste or texture. Next year we'll go back to free-range turkey.) All that to say, flexitarianism is VERY worthwhile, but you have to watch your protein levels carefully.
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