5 Essential Ingredients to Spice Up Meat Free Meals
Meat free meals are a great addition to your weekly menu. Did you know that more and more people are turning their backs on meat and switching to a meat free diet? It’s true! In fact The “Vegetarianism in America” study published by Vegetarian Times showed that 3.2% of American adults, (that’s 7.3 million people), follow a vegetarian-based diet. Approximately 0.5%, or 1 million, of those are vegans, who consume no animal products at all.
And even those of us who aren’t completely committed to full-time vegetarianism just yet are still trying to have at least one meat free day each week. There are various reasons why most of us are choosing to go meat free, but the two main ones are that it is better for both our health and the environment.
Meat free meals can be tastier than you think!
Do you think it’s time you need to start cooking more meat free meals through the week? Need a bit more inspiration? Well, in this blog post I’ll go through some of the best ingredients that can help improve all of your veggie meals.
If you find that you miss the flavor and texture of meat in your meals, then you might want to use Quorn meats. These are meat free protein substitutes and you will be able to find Quorn mince, sausages, and burger patties. They are made out of soy and processed plant protein but, trust me, you won’t be able to tell the difference between them and real meats!
Some people think that truffles are an extravagant ingredient and too expensive for their budget. However, the current truffle price isn’t as costly as you might think it would be. These are a great addition to any rich dishes, especially ones that use mushrooms or a creamy sauce. A small shaving of truffle mixed in can add a great depth to the meal’s flavor.
If you are trying to stick to a plant-based diet but struggling to get enough protein, you might want to start eating more quinoa. This is a grain that is very high in protein as well as other useful nutrients, such as fibre, amino acids, and healthy carbs. You just need to cook the grain and it can then be added to salads and stews.
Canned lentils come already prepared so you simply need to open them and toss them into a light salad. They can also be mixed into stews and soups. If you have a bit more time to prepare a meal from scratch, then it’s worth getting dried lentils. After soaking for a few hours, these can be cooked and added to all kinds of meals.
Tempeh is a fermented “cake” made from soybeans and is often used as a meat substitute. It goes great in Asian-inspired curries or you might want to marinade it before cooking and then adding it as a topping for your salads.
Ready to cook?
So, what will you cook with now that meat is off the menu? Let me know how your meat free meals and cooking adventures go!