Ten years ago, our dinner always included some sort of “normal meat.” Pork, beef, poultry, fish or lamb were always considered key to the meal. Plus, I married an Irishman who only needs meat and potatoes to exclaim the meal was a winner. He’s a little wary when I tell him I’m serving a meatless meal. So I just don’t tell him!
I’ve always wanted to incorporate more meatless meals in our weekly plan. Don’t get me wrong; I love a good burger or shrimp. Bring on a hot dog, roasted chicken or lamb chops and I’m a happy girl! I was raised in a meat-eating family. But as my skills as a cook have developed, I’ve found that there are so many meatless recipes that I enjoy as much as a good pork chop.
So far so good, my hubby’s loved every meatless recipe I’ve ever made!
Like many folks, Covid-19 has me rethinking my habits around cooking, meal planning and even how often I shop. We’ve been using our Pantry for staples such as beans, lentils and pasta, plus grains such as quinoa and couscous. When the news broke that there would be a meat shortage, I immediately thought this is a good thing for us. It was no longer about how to add one meatless meal a week, but how to add more meatless meals regularly. Incorporating more vegetarian meals became our new normal. My family isn’t really aware I’ve made this shift, they just like the meals.
I’ll never be a full vegetarian, but I recognize the benefits of the vegetarian diet.
4 Benefits of Adding Meatless Meals:
- Healthier: Protein can be found in a variety of sources such as dairy, vegetables and nuts. Diets higher in whole grains, fruits and vegetables are best to reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke and diabetes. Better health now means fewer health issues later.
- Cheaper: Meat can be expensive and with Covid-19, a shortage of meat has driven prices even higher. This study shows that a vegetarian meal plan can save you big bucks!
- Nutrient Intake: Adding more fruits and veggies to my diet helps me with my healthy weight goal, and keeps my body fueled with a wonderful variety of vitamins and nutrients.
- Good for the Environment: Wow, if everyone in the US went vegetarian for one day, the impact would be huge — saving 100 billion gallons of water and 70 million gallons of gas! That’s motivating!
How to Add Meatless Recipes to your DinnerTime Meal Plan:
- Choose the Meatless option from the dropdown menu on any calendar day. You can do this either before spinning your meal plan or when editing your meal recommendation.
- If you want to eat vegetarian all the time, make the Meatless profile your default profile.
- If you want to exclude a specific meat, remember you can always change the parameters in your profile.
Try a new Meatless Recipe!
Find more tasty and healthy vegetarian recipes in your DinnerTime Recipe Box.
You can search for an ingredient (e.g. eggplant, etc) the name or part of the name of a recipe (lasagna), a cuisine (Italian), type of dish (e.g. soup), an occasion (Thanksgiving, breakfast, tailgating, etc). in your DinnerTime Recipe Box.