Vegetarian awareness month is about educating the non-vegetarians and the newly meatless on just what a vegetarian diet is all about-beyond the hype and the rumours. One misconception is that being vegetarian is a lot of work. While some planning is required to ensure a balanced diet (true also for non-vegetarian diets), preparing a healthy vegetarian meal need not be an arduous task. There are a number of familiar meals that are naturally vegetarian:
- mac and cheese
- hummus and pita
- beans and rice
- spaghetti and tomato sauce
The cheese in these can be substituted with a non-dairy alternative to make the meal vegan. Adding a generous amount of vegetables can up the nutritional ante of these meals while the combination of a grain and legume make for a complete protein.
Plant-based protein is well-known for being incomplete i.e. a single source does not usually contain the full complement of nine essential amino acids.
The internet abounds with quick and easy vegetarian recipes and many companies are now offering pre-made meatless meals. Though high in sodium (average of 20% per serving), Amy’s Kitchen has a line of delicious and well-thought out frozen meals.
Whether you have the time or inclination, vegetarian meals can be right at your finger-lickin’ tips.