You don’t have to be completely vegetarian to reach the benefits of incorporating more plant based foods. Due to popular demand, I am sharing more plant-based meal days today on Good Food Friday in honor of Earth Day on Monday.
Easy plant-based meals
If you are just beginning to incorporate plant-based meals into your diet, Sweet Earth is a great place to start. I shared their Veggie Lover’s Vegan Pizza made on a cornmeal, carrot and chia crust available at Target and Walmart. Also available at Target is their Aloha BBQ Quesadilla made with savory grounds, pineapple & vegan cheese. Their Vegan Cauliflower Mac is my favorite and tastes just like the real deal.
Plant-based meals and savory snacking
Lundberg Family Farms also makes easy plant-based meals and snacks. I shared their new frozen bowls made with a blend of veggies, organic brown rice and quinoa – pop these in the microwave and they’re ready to eat. I like adding their Organic Quinoa to salads to bump up the plant protein and snack on their Bold Bites Chips which come in 6 unique flavors.
Plant-based sweet snacking
Next I shared nutritious snacks to satisfy your sweet tooth – Soft Baked Cookies, Granola Bars and Granola Minis – all by MadeGood Foods. If you try them, I promise you can’t taste the full serving of vegetables found in each snack. All the MadeGood snacks are organic, gluten-free, and made in a facility free of the top 8 major food allergens.
Satisfy your cheese cravings the plant-based way
Miyokos is an artisinal cheese made with whole food, organic ingredients including cashews, which are perennial, rain-fed nut that requires no fertilizer or chemicals. Their products are live cultured and fermented just like traditional cheese, but they use plant-based milk instead of cow’s milk. It has the same complex flavor profiles as cheese made from cows so you can’t believe it’s vegan.
A nutrient rich vegetarian protein
I’ve partnered with the Egg Nutrition Center to share this high quality vegetarian protein source. For 70 calories and about 15 cents apiece, one large egg has varying amounts of 13 vitamins and minerals, including the under-consumed nutrient choline, which plays an active role in muscle and brain health. What many people may not realize is that most of the vitamins and minerals are located within the egg yolk.