There is no doubt that people still debate the very best way to eat, but more and more research is showing that reducing your consumption of animal products, and increasing your intake of various plants, from vegetables to legumes, is a wise move.
But, if you are not yet ready to move to a completely vegetarian or vegan, diet, you can focus on taking the first step, which is to reduce meat consumption when coming up with your weekly meal plans. Even the Mayo Clinic recommends going meatless at least once or twice a week!
When you reduce meat consumption, you open yourself up to trying a variety of new recipes and ingredients that can add more variety, as well as more nutrition, to your diet.
Here are a couple of recipes that you can try when you’re ready to reduce meat consumption.
This nutritious recipe contains a variety of veggies, and the high-fiber beans are sure to fill you up and help keep your digestive system healthy. Plus, it’s low in calories, so it’s perfect for those on a diet!
- Start by setting a small nonstick pan over medium heat.
- Add ½ teaspoon of olive oil, ½ of a yellow onion that’s been thinly sliced, and 2 cups of fresh green beans, with the stems removed, to the pan. Cook these ingredients for 2 or 3 minutes.
- Add ½ cup of vegetable broth, and then cover the pan with a lid until the water evaporates.
- Add in ½ cup of canned white beans that have been drained and rinsed. Simmer until soft.
- Season with some black pepper, and serve.
Not ready to go totally plant-based yet? This is a good low-calorie vegetarian recipe to try, and we’ve provided tips on how to make it vegan too, so it can be one of your meatless meals for the week.
- Start by setting a small, nonstick pan over medium heat.
- Add in ½ teaspoon of olive oil, along with ½ cup of diced red bell pepper, and ¼ yellow onion that has been diced. Cook for a couple of minutes.
- Next, you can reduce meat consumption by opting for one of the many flavorful plant-based sausages that are available. Check out this handy resource for a list of brands that are sure to please.
- Once the sausage has been nearly completely cooked, you can add 2 whisked eggs to the pan, stirringly until well scrambled. When you’re ready to reduce your intake of animal products further, or you’re ready to go fully plant-based, check out the JUST Egg to get the same scrambled taste and texture!
- Serve this up with ¼ cup of your favorite salsa.
It’s Never Been Easier to Reduce Meat Consumption!
If you’ve read about all of the benefits of going plant-based for your health, for animals, for the environment, and even for fellow humans around the world, the great news is that it’s easier than ever to make the switch, and you can certainly do so gradually so you ease into it. Start experimenting and trying new things in the kitchen. Get creative, have fun, and indulge in all of the amazing flavors!