At a recent family gathering, our niece Cheryl mentioned that she’s been following my blog. I was both happy and surprised. When I asked if she was switching to a plant-based diet, she said no but she did like reading the posts. Cheryl and many other young and/or single professionals don’t have either the time or the passion for cooking that I have. I call them the “Full Plate Generation” because their lives are like full plates . . . advancing their careers, starting families, social networking — you get the idea. With all that going on, it’s easy to resort to unhealthy choices. With that in mind, I’d like to give the Full Plate Generation some strategies to become Vegi-curious.
A good way to know what you can and can’t eat, just remember that if it has a mother, a father or a face then don’t eat it. I’ll start you off with some ideas (and a quick recipe) that don’t need much explanation or are simple recipes from previous posts. I’ve created a Full Plate category and will try to put out a new post every week. It’s easier and more fun if you enlist the support of a friend or family member to do it with you, so start networking in a Vegi-curious way.
Oatmeal with raisins
Nature’s Path Cereal with almond or soy milk
Whole grain bagel or English muffin with nut butter; jelly; or cashew cream cheese
Any type of smoothie
Killer Griller Sandwich (cashew cream cheese optional)
Hummus, avocado, tomato on multi-grain rustic bread
Greek Salad Wrap with hummus, Kalamata olives, sundried tomatoes and greens
Three Bean Salad
Salad made with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, chickpeas/beans, olives, carrots, mushrooms and any other vegetables you enjoy
Baked potatoes with cashew sour cream and steamed vegetables
Steamed vegetables with brown or white rice dressed with soy sauce
Pasta with marinara (store-bought or homemade) and salad
Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Banana Smoothie
1 cup almond or soy milk
2 bananas, preferably frozen
1 tablespoon cocoa or carob powder
1 tablespoon peanut butter
1/4 cup dates (optional)
Place all ingredients in blender and process until smooth. Makes one serving.
30 Sep 2014