A meatless meal includes more vegetables, more grains, sometimes beans or dairy in place of meat, chicken or fish. When you say "meatless meals", every one thinks of peanut butter sandwiches and spaghetti. But there are many other types of easy-to-fix, cheap meatless meals you can make that do not include peanut butter or spaghetti noodles.
Why Choose Meatless Meals?
Can be less expensive than meals with meat.
Can be more healthy -- lower in fat, cholesterol and higher in fiber.
Can provide many important vitamins and minerals.
Can be easier to fix.
They taste great!
Examples of Meatless Meals
Large salad with nuts, cheese and beans instead of meat
Soups and stews that include veggies, beans and grains
Pasta dishes without meat
Vegetable casserole dishes
Bean recipes like meatless chili
Homemade pizza made with low fat cheese
If I don't eat meat, will my body miss the extra protein?
Many of us were brought up to think of meats as the most important part of any meal, but we often eat much more meat than our bodies actually need. We also get protein from dairy foods as well as beans, grains and vegetables. You do not have to become a vegetarian to eat one or more meatless meals a week.
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