Food Choices and Meatless Meals



The incredibly eye-opening documentary called Food Choices on Netflix has made me more convinced than ever that eating a primarily plant-based diet promotes better health and a healthier environment. While demand for more meat increases, harmful greenhouse gas emissions also increases due to the energy required for mass production of livestock. Please watch this documentary if you have suffered from chronic illness or just want to learn more about leading a healthier lifestyle and bettering the environment one person at a time.

Cancer and chronic illness are on the rise, especially in America. As someone who has personally suffered from chronic illness throughout my life, I am determined to make healthier changes to my everyday habits. One of those changes involves making healthier meals at home. My intent is to not only promote healthier lifestyle choices but also to teach my children the importance of feeding the body nutrient-dense foods that nourish the body, mind, and overall well-being. A healthy, well-balanced diet not only feeds the body but the mind also. Studies show that poor nutrition can be linked to depression and other mental disorders as well as neurological disorders.

While I was pregnant, I ate grass-fed organic meat (whenever possible) and cheese in moderation. During several different points throughout my pregnancy, I craved beef–especially steak–like a mad woman. My food cravings were so intense that sometimes I felt like I could not rest until my they were satisfied. Regardless, I made my best efforts not to give into every desperate craving.

I am still nursing my daughter who is now 5 months old; and I normally eat meat 1-3 times a week. While I am sure there are many healthy nursing vegetarian and vegan mothers, I personally crave meat and the calories provided from time to time. I also find it important to eat enough calories throughout the day, as nursing can burn 300-500 calories a day! My husband is a meat-eater, so I make recipes with organic meat whenever I know we will be having dinner together. Of course, I always make sure to include a healthy addition of steamed or roasted vegetables or a salad with our meal. I doubt that my husband will ever become a vegetarian because he is a meat and potatoes kind of guy, but my personal goal is to eventually phase into a primarily meatless and whole food, plant-based diet.

If you are transitioning to a more plant-based diet, here are some tasty and satisfying meatless meal ideas.



Eggplant Parmesan

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With less carbs than lasagna but lots of “cheesy goodness”!

Ravioli with Tomato, White Beans, and Escarole

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Fiber from the white beans and whole wheat pasta will help you feel satisfied with this tasty dish.

Pappardelle with Mushrooms

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Pasta ribbons and meaty mushrooms are jazzed up with a dash of sherry, fresh parmesan cheese and a drizzle of truffle oil.

Cheesy Enchilada Rice Skillet

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Cheesy, rice-y goodness with a subtle kick of heat and flavor.

Happy Eating!

Got any meatless meals you want to share, perhaps even healthy vegan options? I’d love to hear from you!

 



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