By now, you’ve had a chance to try some breakfast and lunch plant based meals. You’re probably learning that these meals can provide all the nutrition your family needs, and taste great too!
Today, let’s tackle dinner! Bring your family together at dinner time to share a healthy meal. It’s a time to unwind after the daily activities, and refocus on each other! And, what family doesn’t like burgers? Some of our pantry staples come together to make a great, meat-free, plant based burger that all ages will enjoy. You’ll need one cup each of cooked quinoa, cooked, mashed chickpeas, finely minced (you can use your food processor) veggies such as kale, onion, and carrots (think color, texture, and flavor), a teaspoon of curry powder, a teaspoon of cayenne pepper, and some salt and pepper. Just throw all of these ingredients in a large bowl, combine well (adding a dash of water to help bring it together) and form into 6-8 burgers. Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat and cook burgers until each side is brown. Serve on your favorite paleo bun with a side of lacto-fermented pickles. As a side, consider oven-roasted sweet potatoes or cauliflower.
Busy parents love a one dish casserole for dinner. Let’s try a brown rice and broccoli casserole to bring some fresh ideas to the old standby. First, make a simple sauce by toasting one cup each of nutritional yeast and rice flour (or other flour of your choice) together over medium heat for about four minutes, just until it smells toasty. Transfer to a medium saucepan and whisk in 2 cups of vegetable broth (or other broth of your choice), 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 teaspoon onion powder, and 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder until smooth and well-combined. Bring to a boil, and simmer until thickened. If you prefer a thicker sauce, mix 1 tablespoon of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons water, and whisk that into the sauce prior to cooking. Next, combine 4 cups cooked brown rice (more or less depending on how many people you’ll be serving) with 3 cups steamed, chopped broccoli (add other vegetables for flavor and color, if desired) in your casserole dish. Pour your sauce over the rice and broccoli, and stir until everything is incorporated. Sprinkle gluten free Panko breadcrumbs over the top, and finish under the broiler. Yum! Serve with a dark green salad.
These are just a few ideas for simple, satisfying, healthy main dishes for dinner! Once you learn to use the various components of a plant based diet, you can play mix and match, depending on your individual taste.
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In future blogs we’ll look at:
- Eating a plant-based diet
- Plant Based Diet – Meal ideas
- Plant based diet – Fiber
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