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
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
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
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
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 ON 10/23/2013 8:11:00 PM
POSTED IN how to be a vegetarian, how to be a vegan, healthy eating 101