Eating more meatless meals has many benefits, even if you don’t go all-out vegetarian. Not only are meatless meals healthy, they can also be tasty, satisfying, and filling. Discover fun and delicious ways to make eating less meat easy and enjoyable.
3 Reasons to Eat More Meatless Meals
1. Reduces Grocery Bill
Vegetarian proteins are less expensive than meat, so including a few meatless meals will definitely lower your food bill. Beans, tofu, and fresh vegetables are very budget-friendly items. There is such a wide variety of veggies out there, you can always switch up the flavor profiles and textures. Visit our Produce Prep Guide to learn how to prep all kinds of fruits and veggies.
2. Creates a More Balanced Diet
Animal proteins tend to have more saturated fat are lower in fiber, something most Americans need more of. When you substitute animal proteins with vegetarian proteins – more whole grains and veggies – you will end up with a diet that is higher in fiber and will offer you a wider array of essential vitamins and minerals.
3. Helps the Environment
Raising animals for food requires a lot of land, fossil fuel, water, and food, so cutting back on some of the meat you eat is a good way to reduce your environmental impact. (Check out more statistics here.) It takes a lot less to produce 1 pound of vegetarian protein than 1 pound of animal protein.
It might seem like eating meatless once a week will not make a difference, but it does!
Even if you don’t see immediate results with the environment, you will definitely notice the benefits in your health and grocery bill.
3 Reasons to Eat More Meatless Meals
Discover 3 benefits to eating more meatless meals, even if you don't cut out meat entirely from your diet.
A Guide to Vegetarian Protein Sources
Meatless meals are a lot easier to incorporate in your diet than you may think. But we know that one concern preventing people from enjoying more meatless meals is, “Will I get enough protein?”
Luckily, the answer is, “Yes!” The truth is, most Americans eat double the amount of protein that they actually need, which is why we created the infographic below to show daily protein requirements.
It’s totally possible to eat less meat and still get your daily requirement of protein with vegetarian protein sources.
In addition to providing enough protein, all of these meatless ingredients – such as legumes, grains, dairy and soy products, seed, and nuts – contain more fiber and usually cost less than animal protein sources.
Having this list of available vegetarian proteins will expand your options. Instead of the usual meat proteins, you now have many other tasty choices to you the protein boost you need.
Guide to Vegetarian Protein Sources
Get your daily requirement of protein with a variety of vegetarian protein sources, which usually contain more fiber and cost less than animal protein sources.
Fun & Healthy Ways to Eat Meatless
When people are adapting to new food restrictions, they often focus on the things they can’t eat, when in reality, there’s still so much out there you can enjoy.
A little shift in mindset can open up a world of options.
Meatless meals aren’t just about removing the meat from the picture and only eating the side dish. It’s about replacing the meat with something just as delicious, like vegetables or a variety of tasty vegetarian protein sources listed in the infographic above.
When you look at it differently, you’ll find that you have even more options to choose from. And the perfect way to show there is a ton of variety even without the meat is with a meatless buffet.
A buffet might seem like a lot of work, but we’ve come up with a way to make a whole week of buffets totally doable. The free download below offers 7 ideas for buffet-style meals, including baked potatoes, tacos, and fried rice. You start off with one of the bases, and then you top it with a variety of veggies and vegetarian proteins.
For some buffet ideas, all you have to do is set out the toppings in separate bowls, so that everyone can customize at the table. With a variety of toppings, everyone can pick and choose what they like!
7 Days of Meatless Buffet-Style Meals
A week's worth of meatless buffet-style meals offers up variety for everyone to enjoy.
In addition to meatless buffets, we’ve put together some videos to show you fun and different ways to eat more meatless meals. Learn how to turn veggies into fun “noodles,” make a variety of vegetable fritters that can also be enjoyed as a snack, substitute rice for cauliflower rice, properly cook tofu, and make healthy, homemade falafels.
How to Make Vegetable Noodles with a Spiralizer
A spiralizer is a great tool to help you make vegetable noodles, which make a great paleo, gluten-free, or low-carb alternative to traditional pasta.
How to Make Broccoli Fritters
Watch this video to learn how to make tasty broccoli fritters. You can change them up by adding any veggies!
How to Make Cauliflower Rice
Cauliflower rice is a great low-carb, low-cal alternative to normal rice, and very easy to make.
How to Prepare Tofu
Learn how to prep and cook tofu the right way with this short video.
How to Make Healthy Baked Falafel
See how simple it is to make our healthy, homemade version of falafel. We used canned beans and the oven to put these together in no time.