We’re moving away from being a “burger and fries” nation: More and more Americans are eating a vegetarian diet, with some studies showing the number of people who say they are avoiding meat jumping from six to nine percent in a matter of months. And the more stringent form of animal-free eating—veganism—which shuns eggs and dairy products, has rocketed up 600 percent, from one to six percent in just three years, according to a GlobalData report.
The motivation for switching up one’s diet is diverse: Some make the shift for health reasons (say, to lose weight and cut cholesterol, which does tend to rise with age); others for ethical reasons (respect for animals and the planet); and some simply want to try something new a couple of days a week—or a combination of all three. But whatever the case, there are a trove of recipes to help you skip the meat/poultry/fish in favor of plant-based foods. Here, a few smart sources:
- The website Cookie + Kate has big-flavor, no-meat ideas in abundance and a section on Easy Weeknight Dinners (thank you!) that includes Thai Panang Curry with Vegetables and Peanut Slaw with Soba Noodles.
- Cooking Light serves up 40 quick weeknight meals, like Brussels Sprouts and Crispy Tempeh with Soy Dressing and Vegan Lentil Chili. Tempeh, by the way, is a fermented soy product, not unlike tofu.
- Eating Well shares a 30-Day Meatless Challenge with all kinds of enticing options like Chipotle-Lime Cauliflower Tacos and Turmeric Rice Bowl with Root Vegetables and Chickpeas.
- The website for Meatless Monday, which is a popular social media hashtag for the idea of eating meat-free one day a week, has ideas for every time of day, but for dinner, you’ll find Vegetarian Gumbo, Asian Chopped Crunchy Salad, and other yummy ideas.
- Oh My Veggies is an engaging website that shares recipes as well as boosts your vegetarian-eating IQ. For instance, it helps you decode the different kinds of tofu. It features loads of recipes, including a Whole-Wheat Rotini with Broccolini and Sun-Dried Tomatoes that looks like it belongs in heavy rotation.
What’s your favorite vegetarian recipe? Share it in the comments.