If I can’t appeal to your environmental ethos, I’m sure I can make an argument for your waist line. Animal proteins are complete and will provide you will all the necessary nutrients, but they also tend to be high in fat. For example, a 6 ounces steak contains 12 grams of saturated fat and 268 grams of cholesterol. Consuming high-fat animal proteins on a regular basis may lead to increased weight gain as well as increased risk of atherosclerosis, or heart disease. If you’ve taken Nutrition, Health and Society you know that meat should take up less than a quarter of your plate and its a good idea to obtain protein through complementary foods. When you combine foods such as grains and legumes, your body more readily absorbs the nutrients you need.
You won’t catch me waxing poetic about the culinary significance of tofu and I happen to think that products such as seitan are border-line satanic, but I do believe that it is highly possible to develop dishes sans meat that are actually appetizing. Here are some great ways to delete meat from your Monday menu:
Check out the Bon Appètit version here
Find the recipe here
Roasted Red Pepper & Arugula Pizza
Learn how to make dough here
Sweet Potato Gnocchi
Learn how to make your own hand-crafted gnocchi here
More good stuff here:
- Meatless Monday
- Vegetarian Recipes
- Why Being a Vegetarian Isn’t as Hard as You May Think
- Meatless Pasta Recipes
- Vegetarian Grilling Recipes
Check out more good stuff from Spoon University here:
- 12 ways to eat cookie butter
- Ultimate Chipotle Menu Hacks
- Copycat Chick-Fil-A sandwich recipe
- The Science Behind Food Cravings
- How to Make Your Own Almond Flour
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