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Monday, October 1 is World Vegetarian Day, kicking off Vegetarian Awareness Month which takes place all of October. You’ve read the research – vegetarians are less likely to get cancer, live longer, are slimmer, and have better heart health. It’s also been proven to be healthier for the environment – the Food and Agriculture Organization says that livestock farming emits 18% of all the world’s greenhouse gas emissions. Many scientists agree that by cutting down on meat consumption, it can help halt climate change. There is no better time than the present to jump on the vegetarian bandwagon. Don’t worry, you don’t have to go all in just yet.
Confused on where to start? Maybe you are a long time vegetarian and just in a food rut? Or you kids won’t eat anything you make? Whatever the reason, no need to worry, here are seven perfectly scrumptious recipes your whole family will love.
Rushed on time? Try these protein packed egg muffins stuffed full with roasted vegetables. The perfectly scrumptious muffin cups are easy to assemble and are the perfect grab and go breakfast.
Zucchini season is among us. This very versatile recipe has a lot to offer in our kitchens. This three ingredient paleo-friendly recipe for zucchini chips is super easy and super delicious.
Fritattas are an excellent low-carb (aka no crust) version of a quiche. They offer versatility in ingredients and are generally easy to cook. This Garden Fresh Frittata will make a perfect addition for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
Gardein offers some delicious vegetarian options for classic meat swaps. This recipe uses Lightly Breaded Turk’y Cutlets into innovative dumplings. These are super quick and offer a fun change of pace from the norm.
FoodNService utilizes another Gardein option- beefless ground- to make a mouth-watering Sloppy Joe Pocket. And, be honest, what kid doesn’t love a good Sloppy Joe every now and then?
Spinach offers so much punch in terms of vitamins and minerals. This simple spinach based salad is sure to be a crowd pleaser and become a go-to favorite.
Kale is another key player in terms of healthy greens. This salad is coupled with pears, blueberries, and pomegranate seeds to combine sweet with savory.
Hopefully, this will help you get Vegetarian Awareness Month off to an awesome start. Don’t be afraid to try new things. You never know what you and your kids will love!
Sources: Down to Earth