All About Eggs

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Image from: https://www.incredibleegg.org/recipe/huevos-rancheros/

 

Eggs are a great source of meatless protein. They are very versatile and more than just a breakfast food.  Don't get me wrong, breakfast is great but it's not what I want to eat at every meal.  In our house we use eggs a lot in Asian dishes but they are great in so much more! 

Try making Huevos Rancheros if you enjoy Hispanic dishes or try an over easy or over medium egg with a nice runny yolk over roasted potatos or pasta. (The yolk makes a nice sauce.) Add scrambled eggs to your favorite stir fry. Try a soft boiled egg to ramen or Asian noodles. 

If none of these dishes sound appealing then there's always breakfast!

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Protein Packed Plants

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It's a myth that eating a diet without meat means you have to regularly sub in tofu, seitan, tempeh, etc. Those items can be expensive and many people don't want the gluten or soy found in those products.  You also don't have to sit and eat beans and lentils everyday either. There are plenty of vegetables packed full of protein to add diversity to a plant-based diet. 

I personally don't care for the "fake meat" products like tofu bacon, soy burgers, etc. So when pursuing a diet with no meat, I was excited to stumble upon high protein veggies like broccoli, spinach, asparagus, artichoke and peas. 

I've included some links to helpful articles that go into more detail about vegetables packed full of protein. Enjoy a vibrant diet full of flavor! 

1. The 6 Veggies with the Most Protein

2. Top 8 Vegetables High in Protein

3. 8 High Protein Vegetables

 

Affordable Meat Alternatives

You might think it's going to break the bank and be difficult to substitute out meat in your meals. You might think you have to buy pricey products like organic tofu and tempeh but there are so many affordable meat alternatives that taste great and won't run up your grocery bill.  

Beans. Beans are great to use in Latin American dishes. It's easy to sub in beans for tacos, enchiladas, burritos and more. Plus they are super cheap, especially if you buy them dried. Dump them in a crock pot for 6-8 hours with some water and you're done! 

Lentils. Lentils are great because they basically absorb any flavor you add them to. They don't have to be used solely in Middle Eastern type dishes either. Try them in tomato sauce as a replacement for ground beef! You won't be disappointed, especially when you see the cost difference. 

Mushrooms. Mushrooms are a great meat substitute because they have a texture that more closely resembles meat compared to other vegetables and legumes. They're very versatile and can pretty much go in anything. Thai curry, pasta, sandwiches, quiche. These are just a few dishes that you can incorporate mushrooms into. 

I can go on and on. Check out this article from One Green Planet (linked below) that goes into even more detail about easy substitutes for meat like cauliflower and eggplant. These are just two affordable vegetables that will help you create satisfying meals without breaking the bank. 

http://www.onegreenplanet.org/vegan-food/vegetables-that-can-substitute-for-meat/

Baking Without Butter

Believe it or not, it is super easy to bake without butter. I know the thought of giving up that delicious gold seems impossible to do but there are many tasty alternatives worth trying. 

Coconut oil and olive oil are very popular butter alternatives. They each have their own distinct flavors but I find they really enhance the final product. I prefer to use them in place of butter in most everything that I bake. 

Avocados, applesauce and bananas are some healthier butter substitutions that I love to use. Ripe bananas and applesauce already have a natural sweetness so when I bake with these items I use less sugar/stevia/honey/whatever. 

Some of my favorite uses for these products are coconut oil and bananas in brownies, applesauce in chocolate chip cookies and avocados in cupcakes. 

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Non Dairy Milks

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It's pretty common now for people to drink non dairy milk. As more information is surfacing about the hormones in cow milk, people are making the switch to healthier options. What's your favorite non dairy milk? 

I have never liked drinking cow milk. As a child, I had to take calcium supplements because I hated the taste of milk and refused to drink it. When I got into high school I found soy milk but it wasn't until I was out of college that I discovered all of the different types of non-dairy milk including coconut milk, almond milk and rice milk.  Once I even found pecan milk at the grocery store! It was amazing but I haven't seen it since. Now, at home, I drink almond milk and coconut milk. 

Here are some great articles that go into detail about the different types of non dairy milk. 

1. 5 Types of Non Dairy Milk Reviewed

2. Top 10 Alternatives to Cows' Milk

3. The Complete Guide to Alternative Milks