Meal Plan for a Meatless Diet

Meal Plan for a Meatless Diet

Whether you plan to quit meat cold turkey or just eliminate meat from your diet one or two days per week, it’s a good idea to plan your meals ahead of time so you won’t be tempted to eat unhealthy items such as a bag of chips or a candy bar for your nourishment.

There are so many incredible meals you can create without using meat that you’ll be amazed at the choices – and the taste. You’ll find that you don’t have to feel deprived, but instead embarking on a wonderful and tasty journey of eating and preparing foods and one that improves your health.

It’s not complicated and there are many healthy and simple meals you can try that don’t involve meat. You can get your protein with foods such as whole grains, nuts and beans and they also provide similar texture and calories as meat.

Other vitamins and minerals can be obtained by the vegetables and fruits you choose. Breakfast options are plentiful – oatmeal, skim or soy milk, honey, whole grain bagel with herbed cheese

Try vegetarian bacon or sausage with a scrambled egg and some whole wheat toast. Always include some fruit with your breakfast to complete the health circle. Strawberries, blueberries and peaches can perk up whole grain cereal and other choices.

Lunches can be hearty and satisfying and include everything from soups and salads to sandwiches and bean tacos or burritos. Vegetarian chili made with tofu (faux hamburger meat is also an option for soups and stews), cornbread and salad make a great lunch.

If you need to pack lunches for school or the office, try a veggie wrap or pita sandwich made with hummus, lettuce, cucumbers and include options such as avocados, cheese or beans.

Quesadillas and veggie burgers are always great options for lunch or dinner. For a quesadilla, simply melt some cheese between two flour tortillas and add some roasted peppers and tomatoes. You can purchase pre-packaged veggie burgers in several flavors or make your own.

Pasta, steamed vegetables, salads, veggie fajitas, soups and stews can all be exchanged in lunch and dinner options. Many slow-cooker options exist for the vegetarian that can provide hearty and healthy meals – and leftovers for lunches.

Experiment with some of your old meat recipes and substitute tofu-based meat substitutes or vegetables. With the great options available today it’s difficult to tell the difference.

Use your imagination for snacks and desserts, but choose healthy options like walnuts, fresh dates, fruit and veggie snacks dipped in hummus. Smoothies, seeds and dried fruit can also be great snacks, but watch out for high caloric content.