Many of us have a repertoire of our favorite dishes than we rely on time and time again. There’s certainly nothing wrong with a handful of meals we know how to make with ease, but it can be easy to get stuck in a rut. And when we get bored or tired of preparing our meals, we sometimes make not-so-smart food choices.
To help you revitalize your dinner table, we’ve pulled together five recipes for classic family meals without the meat! So switch out meat for beans, lentils, veggies, or a whole host of other choices and you’ll boost the vitamin content of your meals without even trying!
- Zucchini Pasta With Lentil Bolognese. Swap ground red meat for the healthier alternative of red lentils. A good source of B vitamins, iron and potassium, they are nutrient-rich and also provide a hefty portion of protein. Turn them into a mouth-watering ragù that is the perfect partner to zucchini noodles.
- Chickpea, Vegetable And Coconut Curry. This recipe is proof a meat-less curry can be just as flavorsome! The key is in the base of garlic, ginger, chili, spices and curry leaves – cook them on a high heat to release the aromas before adding stock and low-fat coconut milk. Cook the veggies of your choosing in this tasty broth and serve with steamed quinoa.
- Cauliflower Steaks with Olive Relish and Tomato Sauce. You might think a veggie steak can’t replace the real deal but these cauliflower steaks aren’t really trying to! Forget about meat and concentrate on the rich nutty flavor of cauliflower that has been seared and caramelized in a pan. This dish is light, tasty and full of flavor, not to mention lower in fat than your usual chunk of red meat.
- Vegetarian Pot Pie. You could use tofu in place of chicken in your meat-free pot pie, instead we prefer to make fresh seasonal veggies the star of the show. This recipe calls for two heads of fennel to add a new dimension to a base of mushrooms, carrots and potatoes, but you could add squash, asparagus, fresh peas – whatever produce looks good in your market!
- Skinny Veggie Lasagna. We love how food blogger Pinch of Yum makes smart food choices in her veggie lasagna. Low fat ricotta instead of rich béchamel sauce helps keep the fat content low and whole grain lasagna noodles release energy slowly to keep hunger at bay. Choose your favorite veggies and you’ll end up with a pasta dish which can hold it’s own against a traditional meat lasagna.
Don’t forget that this season’s GLC is the first to include a Remote option. So even if you aren’t local you can still join in on the transformation!