One of the ways we save money on our food budget, and stay on track with healthy eating, is by having at least one meatless meal a week. It may not be on Monday, but it’s at least once a week. One of our go-to favorites is our lentil meatballs with spaghetti squash.
Meat free meals, especially those that are also free of simple carbs (read pasta) force you to get creative with veggies, protein packed beans and nutrient rich grains like Quinoa (which is actually a seed of the Goosefoot plant, and not a grain). A diet with a heavy emphasis on plants (i.e. fruits and vegetables) is not only a great way to reduce your risk of Heart Disease, Type 2 Diabetes, and certain forms of cancer (like Colon for example) but is also wonderful for your skin and hair. The saying “beauty comes from the inside” is true on many levels.
Aside from the health and beauty benefits, meatless meals are also less expensive (just price compare a sweet potato and a chicken breast if you don’t believe me), and are also beneficial for the environment. Minimize your carbon footprint by going meatless at least once a week. You’ll be helping to save water and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. The meat industry generates nearly 1/5 of the greenhouse gasses emitted, which is even more than transportation.
This week we made these Loaded Sweet Potatoes from Skinny Taste.
They were not only visually appealing, but also delicious and REALLY filling. Even E approved! The recipe calls for one medium sweet potato per person, but half and a salad would be great too. Next time I’ll replace the red onion with a Vidalia, but I’m not much of a red onion fan to begin with.
Try a meatless meal this week and see what you think! You never know, these creative meals may lend itself to more vegetable based side and main dishes for you and your family in the future!