More Produce, Please: Try a Plant-Based Meal

Eating Plant-based

Having a tough time finding the protein sources you usually buy? Eating plant-based might be a good option for you! It may seem difficult at first, but it’s much easier than you think. Stocking up on seasonal produce is a great way to start because it’s cheap and nutritious! 

Make Substitutions

Just as you would have fruits, vegetables, grains, and a source of protein for your meals, you use the same structure when making a plant-based meal. Instead of meat and poultry, try protein-rich plant-based sources like legumes, edamame, and tofu. Legumes include black beans, chickpeas, kidney beans, lentils, etc. and edamame are green soybeans. Get started with these protein-rich recipes:

Focus on Flavor

Vegetables are rich in flavor and can be enjoyed raw, steamed, sautéed, boiled, or baked. Cook using different flavors and spices that you and your family will love including Indian, Mexican, Italian, Chinese, and more! Give these tasty recipes a try:

Tofu scramble on toast with avocado and tomatoes.

Get Creative!

Looking for plant-based recipes online is an option, too. Instead of having a burger, find a simple recipe for a veggie burger. Here are cheap plant-based foods that you can search for recipes online:

  • Veggie burgers
  • Bean “meatballs”
  • Lentil Bolognese
  • Mac and cheese
  • Quinoa tacos
  • Tofu scramble
  • Barbecue tofu
  • Falafel salad
  • Buffalo cauliflower

Eating fruits and vegetables is not only budget-friendly, but also good for your health and the environment! You now have a better understanding on how to cook plant-based. From all the recipes provided, which ones will you and your family cook together?

By Rosa LePelch

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