We all know we need to be eating more veggies, but it can be tricky to find creative ways to get them in our diet. One of the best ways to get vegetables on our plate is by making them the main event. Instead of just a side dish, make a vegetarian meal once or twice a week, using vegetables or meat-free alternatives as the main.
If you think eating meat-free is difficult, it doesn’t have to be. There are so many meat alternatives out there, as well as vegetarian main dishes that are sure to make your mouth water. If you want to incorporate more veggies dishes into your weekly meal plan, here are a few of my top tips.
Shopping for meat-free alternatives
Meat-free alternatives are all the rage these days, and are especially great if you want the texture and taste of meat without actually eating it. Quorn is a meat-free substitute that works perfectly as a quick switch to your meat meals. They’ve got a whole range of meat-free products, from sausages, burgers, tikka masala, steak slices, BBQ strips, pepperoni, fillets and more. Don’t be fooled by the names either, as they’re all made with a mycoprotein ingredients, meaning they’re completely vegetarian. Other meat-free alternatives include sausages, pies, burgers, fish and more by Linda McCartney.
Choose your veggie day
One way to make things seem not as daunting is to choose a veggie day. If you make one or two days in the week a specific vegetarian day, you can make sure to go grocery shopping ahead of time and have all the ingredients you need. Choose two days that are far away from each other, like Monday and Friday, so you don’t feel as though you are continually eating vegetarian meals, though there’s nothing wrong with that! With a set meal plan you’ll feel prepared for your week ahead and excited for your next veggie feast.
Turn your favourite dishes vegetarian
If you’re worried about having to cut out your favourite dishes, you don’t have to be. Just switch it up and make the veggie version. A vegetarian lasagne with ricotta cheese, mushrooms and spinach is a great meat-free alternative for any pasta dish. You can also just replace your regular meat and chicken burger with a vegetarian substitute patty or grilled Portobello mushroom. Pair this with one of your favourite sides, like tasty skin on fries and you’re set. For instance, McCain skin on fries go great with both veggie and meat burgers.
Embrace the salads
If you’re still feeling stuck for ideas, you can’t go wrong with a salad. In my homeland, Bulgaria, we know all about salads with whatever is in season. Particularly in the summer, salads make a fantastic main meal if you prepare them properly. Make sure you have lots of additions prepared for your bed of salad, including tomatoes, roasted veggies, hard boiled eggs, boiled new potatoes, corn, sliced almonds, beans or avocado – the list is endless! Top with your
favourite dressing and you’ve got a delicious and filling main meal.
Follow these simple steps and you’ll easily be able to incorporate more veggies into your weekly meals. Happy cooking!