I'm sure everyone has heard a lot of buzz about the terrible crimes you are committing by eating animal protein. Saturated Fat, Diabetes, Carcinogens, Heart Disease, Environmental Pollution and Animal Cruelty.
While not all "scientific" studies can be 100% conclusive, there is strong evidence to indicate incorporating more plants and less animals into the American diet is extremely beneficial.
According to the Mayo Clinic there are many benefits to incorporating more plant based meals into the weekly routine.
"A plant-based diet, which emphasizes fruits and vegetables, grains, beans and legumes, and nuts, is rich in fiber, vitamins and other nutrients. And people who eat only plant-based foods — aka vegetarians — generally eat fewer calories and less fat, weigh less, and have a lower risk of heart disease than non-vegetarians do."
There is also the added benefit of cost savings. Compared with eating animals, especially animals which are being raised responsibly and sustainable, plants like whole grains, legumes and vegetables are far less expensive. For example you will pay upwards of $10/pound for Grass-fed ground beef. A pound of Organic whole grain Millet is a mere $1.50/pound. Millet contains all of the amino acids necessary to form a complete protein.
We are in no way peer pressuring the general public to stop consuming your favorite grilled pork chops, marinated chicken breast or juicy steak. We do want to challenge you to try one or two meals a week without the oinks, moo's or clucks. Below are a few tips to get you started.
Our favorite method for incorporating grains, legumes and veggies is the hot mess bowl. The hot mess bowl is when you take everything in your fridge and cook it up, throw it together and enjoy.
There are no rules for this method, just pick your favorite flavors and throw em together. Some of the best combinations are:
Southwest Bowl= red quinoa, black beans, corn, red bell pepper, cilantro, avocado, your favorite hot sauce
Asian Bowl= millet, shelled edamame, broccoli, carrot, ginger, kimchi
Breakfast Bowl= mashed sweet potato, tempeh bacon, tomato, green onion, salsa verde
Tabbouleh Bowl= pearl barley, cucumber, tomato, mint, hummus, toasted walnuts, pickled cabbage
Once again there are no rules! Vegetables taste good! Experiment, make it your own, top it with all your favorite things! Send us pics! Enjoy!