In light of the recent research study from WHO (World Health Organization) which classified the consumption of red meat and processed meats as a possible carcinogens (cancer causing), I wanted to round up some flavorful, easy to prepare meals that can give you a good amount of protein as well.

The key here is to be balanced and choose lean meats, poultry, and fish, as well as plant sources such as beans, legumes, nuts and seeds. Eating processed meats such as ham, bacon and hot dogs that are usually very high in saturated fat and sodium should be consumed in moderation.

 


My Top Ten Meatless Meals

1. Quinoa Sliders
2. Crockpot Shredded Chicken Tacos
3. Grilled Veggie and Hummus Wraps
4. Massaged Kale and Pumpkin SaladΒ IMG_0454.JPG
5. Crustless Quiche
6. Cauliflower Pizza
7. Black bean Burgers
8. Pumpkin Soup
9. Quinoa Stuffed Sweet Peppers with Mushroom
10. Sweet Potato Waffles with Eggs

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The biggest thing is not to freak out. We all are still learning about how food affects our overall health. Again, the key is to find a balance. My family aims for the 80/20 rule. 80 percent of the time we eat whole foods concentrating on fruits and . There is that 20 percent of the time I may feel like throwing together an indulgent treat or meal. The Mediterranean diet is a great way to experience a plant focused eating structure offering a variety of foods. Find what works for you and your family and work together to make healthier choices step by step.
How do you ensure you are making the best food choices for you and your family?
Are you open to trying new that offer more nutrient dense options?

41 comments on “Top 10 Meatless Meals”

    • Candis, Thank you so much for commenting. I would have to say it probably is a bit more difficult because I am cooking ALL the time, however I tend to cook in batches, so instead of cooking a pot of rice (maybe 4 cups) I will cook 12 cups and freeze the extra so I can just grab things out of the freezer. Tonight we are having shredded chicken burritos. I will double or triple the recipe and freeze for quick or for my husband. It takes a little more time but works in the end. That is why many of the recipes I create are big , some for now and some for later. Thank you for the suggestion, I will do a post for this topic soon. Take care. πŸ™‚

    • I find it you shop the right products, like dried beans (instead of canned) and in-season local fruit and vegetables eating healthy, can be much cheaper than processed foods. My hope is that this blog will help shed more light on that fact.

    • Heather, that is funny about your husband. My and youngest daughter are very finicky about eating their vegetables. I decided to stop fighting the battle and give them green . I find it so funny that they will devour a green smoothie or even a green drink and not think twice. Maybe that may work for you. Thank you for commenting. πŸ™‚

    • I read a book about a guy that was until 6pm and then he allowed himself moderate “non-vegan” meals. It was interesting. I’m still in the pescatarian occasional organic chicken and grass feed beef. It works for my family and I. It’s a journey, I am just enjoying it one step at a time. πŸ˜‰

  1. These are all sounds good! I mostly often to the natural food than to the processed, I would try some of these .! thanks for sharing!

    • Claudette, after reading your blog I believe you have all the courage it takes to make another step towards living your best life. Find a blog or cookbook that has that you think you may enjoy and commit to trying one a month. Then just take it from there. Put some of your own flavors and likes. I am sure you could add a bit of Jamaican jazz to many recipes. Let’s see what you got. πŸ˜‰

  2. The 80/20 rule seems like the perfect guideline. We don’t eat too much meat in our house, so I’m not that worried. I’ve always wanted to try cauliflower as a pizza crust, so that’s next on my list to make.
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    • Thank you, Shannon, I actually just made cauliflower tortillas. It was simple and they tasted better than I expected. Just figured I would add one more item to you list to get around to.

  3. Although I’m a meat eater and happy to continue to be so, that does not mean I exclude vegetarian means from my diet. I love your recipes and will be trying out several of them. With respect can I just ask how a list of meatless meals includes a recipe using chicken?

    • Teresa, thank you for asking that question. Normally meat refers to beef and poultry refers to chicken. In the post, I referenced the report from the World Health Organization stating that eating meat (beef) or processed meat (hot dogs, bacon etc) can contribute to cancer. I am not at all saying not to eat meat at all. I actually had a nice burger for tonight. However, I am suggesting that a reduction in eating meat may be beneficial to overall health. Thank you again for your question.

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