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Don't let the green stuff spook ya! 5 ways to make one meal a week veg

It might seem like an impossible and daunting task to make any of your favorite meals vegetarian or vegan friendly, but it’s a lot easier than it looks! Not only are vegetarian and vegan foods super yummy, but they tend to be a lot healthier, too!

Go veggie! Tofu Salad

Instead of overpowering your salad with loads of grilled chicken or shrimp, try adding tofu. Tofu is a unique food in that it absorbs flavor. Grilling tofu and vegetables in a pan with your favorite teriyaki sauce will definitely give your salad a new kick. Add some feta cheese and light dressing and you’re good to go.

Go veggie! Four Cheese Lasagna

The next time Mom is thinking about making her famous lasagna, ask her to make it vegetarian! Veggie lasagna is a great way to get your recommended daily intake of vegetables! Make the lasagna as you normally would, just leave out the meat. Substitute it for mushrooms, squash, onions, tomatoes, and spinach!

Take it a step further: Go vegan

Vegan foods are those that contain no animal by-products. This means no dairy, milk, eggs, honey, meat, bread, or fish. Although it may seem that this rules out a lot of your favorite foods, that’s not entirely true!

Sub it out! Almond Butter/Sunflower Seed Butter

Both of these are entirely free of animal by-products and tend to be a lot healthier than regular peanut butter. Try using tasty almond butter the next time you make your famous PB&J sandwich!

Sub it out! Bananas/Apple Sauce

You’re probably wondering how you go about making any of your favorite baked goods without eggs. Well, look no further. Both bananas and applesauce can be used as an egg substitute for most of your baking needs. About 1/3 of a cup of applesauce is equivalent to one egg while 1/3 of a pureed banana is equal to one egg.

Sub it out! Almond Milk/Soy Milk

For scrumptious pasta or mashed potatoes, substituting regular milk for unsweetened soymilk works great! Soymilk has a similar consistency as regular milk and makes for an easy transition. For desserts, almond or rice milk work best. These two milks are much sweeter than soy milk and can give your recipes that extra kick of flavor you’ve been looking for.

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by Cayla Baker | 2/1/2016