This one’s for all the non-vegetarians out there (including me, of course); we must learn some good things from our vegetarian friends. Really, these are the tricks that I am sure will make “our” kind of food better. Most of the people who are meat eaters, generally find vegetarian food boring- not that they eat meat every day but veggies are supposed to be on the side really for them. In my experience (being a non-vegetarian for the most part of my life so far!) non-vegetarian dishes become even better when accompanied with veggies and a bit lighter on the tummy (as you are able to control portions that way). Coming from a simple Punjabi family, veg dishes have been a part of my meals most of the days really and I enjoy it that way.
Being a vegetarian can be someone’s religious sentiment, or related to a health issue or just a way of life. But believe me when I say this- “the choices that our dear vegetarian friends make around us today are very innovative, fresh and need to be inculcated in every style of cooking!”
1. Vegetables are so very important- Veggies have no replacements when it comes to vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants. The amount of fiber that they can give to our body is irreplaceable and of course they are super healthy for our entire system. Adding vegetables to our meat rich diets will not only help us reduce our meat portions but also make our diets less cholesterol rich.
2. Experiment with your food- A vegetarian diet has lesser options (when you compare that to a non-vegetarian diet which can include vegetarian options as well- so it gets both the pleasures). But today, vegetarians are more innovative with their food choices. They experiment more, like for example instead of using a store bought sandwich spread (which generally contains egg), they make their special yogurt, olive or tomato spreads at home. Even baking egg-less brownies can be so much fun where you can replace eggs with a cup of yogurt and a spoonful of vinegar (who knew?? Of course I didn’t before I read and tried the recipe and it came out wonderfully well). Experimenting can not only control the processed food intake but can lead to a healthier way of living by choosing fresher produce and choosing lower calorie options.
3. Know what you are eating- Vegetarians generally cook their food from scratch and they know what they are putting in their dishes (as they generally are not sure what the ready to eat dishes include), unlike people who consume meat as most of the options available to them are either processed and majorly frozen and preserved these days. “Knowing what you eat” is the best possible thing that you can do for your health and body. Try using organic produce, which is not too processed and consume it fresh.
4. Try new flavours- It’s all in the flavour and believe me vegetarians do not crave for meat. Spice it up; try some new herbs- that’s what keeps vegetarian food alive and kicking. Inculcating the same in meat rich diets can be a boon as well. I know this for a fact that herbs (if used smartly) can do wonders to any dish. Try using different cuisine styles and flavours in your non-vegetarian dishes and please don’t forget to share the results.
5. Lighter meals- You have no idea how hard eating out can be for vegetarians when you are not in a vegetarian diet friendly country. I have vegetarian parents and believe me I know. But on the other hand, making a choice for a vegetarian meal can be super easy sometimes when you have just one option on the menu ;). Vegetarian meals are generally lighter (if not using too much cheese and frying) and easy on the tummy. Try using lighter versions of meat (especially at dinner time) so that your body can relax after and is not super busy trying to digest the high protein dinner that you just had.
There are so many benefits of adding vegetables in our diet. How do you keep the meat/veggies balance in your daily meals? How do you vegetarians make your diet protein rich as that is the only hinderance (of being a vegetarian) i hear over and over again. Keep me updated guys, not that i am turning into a vegetarian soon but no harm knowing ;). See you all next time xx