4 Plant-Powered Meals – Experience Life – Fitness – Workouts – Diets

Shiitaki Mushroom Tacos and Salsa

– Nutrition –

These veggie-centric — and vegan! — dishes are imaginative additions to your culinary repertoire. And, they’re good for the planet, too.

It’s time to free your mind. If you’ve always composed meals around a piece of meat, think veggies instead. Plant-based dishes are an adventure in color, texture, and flavor; they offer a wealth of vitamins and antioxidants — plus a dose of health-promoting phytonutrients you can’t get anywhere else.

Bringing plants to the center of your plate benefits the planet, too. The meat and dairy industries require a lot of resources and contribute significantly to global climate change. You can source meat from small-scale farmers with more sustainable production models (for more on this, read 10 Steps to Climate-Friendly Eating), but this general rule still holds true: Eating less meat and more plants is a powerful way to reduce the amount of resources required to produce your food.

Far from boring, plant-based cooking can be creative, adaptable, and immensely satisfying. And whether you decide to go plant-based once a week, every day, or whenever the opportunity presents itself, you’ll be doing your body and the planet a favor.

Where’s My Protein?

You can indeed get protein from a meatless meal. Try reaching for some of these plant-based sources.

Chart of vegetarian foods high in protein

Robin Asbell
is a Minneapolis-based recipe developer and cookbook author.

Photos: Andrea DAgosto; Prop Styling: Alicia Buszczak; Food Stylist: Paul Jackman

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