Good morning people! It´s Friday!!! I´m looking forward to head out in the sun, but first I´ll share some methods to be even more awesome than you already are.
There are lots of good reasons to eat less meat these days, and if you have followed Purpose & Pepper for a while you know how passionated I am about food, food production and making conscious choices. Read more about that here and here. When it comes to making mindful choices meat is a significant topic and to support the meat industry should be done in as small doses as possible. Here´s some good methods to cut down on meat, even on the day´s that´s not completely meat free. You, our planet and everyone on it will benefit enormously from doing so.
Method 1: Use meat as seasoning instead of half the dish. Sometimes all you need to turn a salad or a veggie dish into a satisfying main course is just a little meat, bacon, sausage or whatever you prefer. It all adds a lot of flavor, but you consume half the amount of meat.
Method 2: Be a vegetarian by day.
Meat can sneak into every meal of the day if we let it, so try to go meatless for at least 2 meals a day. Oatmeal with berries, seeds and almond milk for breakfast. Avokado and tomato on crispy bread or in salads for lunch. Vegetarian lasagna, vegan tacos, a carrot soup or other for dinner. There is so much to choose from!
Method 3: Fill up with grains.
Hearty grains are filling foundations for (nearly) meatless dinners. The grains section of your supermarket is packed with varieties you may not have tried, from wheat berries and bulgur to quinoa and millet. Many of these grains are good sources of protein, easy to prepare, and can be made ahead.
Method 4: Make veggies the main part of your meal.
Weather you choose to have them raw, cooked, sautéed or roasted veggies should fill the largest part of your plate. Try to use them as a bed for a smaller portion of meat.
Method 5: Take advantage of the amazing vegan recipes. They are all over the internet, so there really is no excuse for not trying out an awesome vegetarian recipe on a meatless night. You should keep a repertoire of versatile recipes in your kitchen as well and vary with the ingredients you have in your pantry. Homemade pizza dough with varies of meatless toppings, casserole’s based on root vegetables and herbs and you name it.
Method 6: Try Tofu
You don’t have to be a vegetarian to eat tofu. Extra-firm tofu is meaty and filling, making it a fine addition to summer kebabs on meatless nights. The great thing about tofu is that it absorbs the flavors of the ingredients it’s cooked with. Try adding it to Thai food, in salads, in soups etc.
Method 7: Turn Salad into Supper
Dinner salads are, by their very nature, less-meat meals—and they’re incredibly versatile. The secret to making a dinner worthy salad is a generous mix of interesting ingredients: lots of greens, plenty of satisfying add-ins (like nuts, cheeses, and avocado), seeds and flavor-packed vinaigrettes. Then you need only a small amount of protein—a few shrimp or scallops, or several slices of chicken.
Method 8: Consider Shellfish
When deciding what’s for dinner, shellfish is rarely the first thing that comes to mind. But since mussels, oysters, clams, and scallops are smart, sustainable buys, why not put a steaming bowl of mussels or a shellfish chowder on your menu?
Method 9: Spice it up.
Use herbs, lime, chili, nuts, olive oil and others to spice up your cooking. When the veggies has more exciting tastes it´s easier to let it be the main character of the dinner. Bake a delicious blend of beets, broccoli, carrots or whatever you prefer in the oven and add in olive oil, cashew nuts, thyme, garlic and spice. Top it with some parmesan cheese and bake for 20 minutes. You´ll soon discover that when you give the veggie part of dinner more love (spices etc) you don´t need much meat.
With that I wish you a wonderful Friday!
With Purpose & Pepper