Not eating meat is pretty simple nowadays, considering that the world is more aware than ever that meat is no health food. If you’re trying out Meatless Monday or a meatless, plant-based lifestyle in general, you might be a little worried about getting enough protein or staying full. Plants are packed with protein and also fiber to keep you full, and there are different options out there that will work for anyone. But picky eaters might find it more challenging than the everyday meatless enthusiast, so we’ve put together some ideas that even the pickiest eaters will enjoy.
These meal ideas are all plant-based, easy to make, and do not require you to force any of them down. Chances are, you might just find yourself craving a few of them day after day. Give these a whirl!
Blueberry Muffin Smoothie
A blueberry smoothie is a hard meal to turn your nose up at, and yes, you can easily turn it into a meal by adding a few ingredients to your smoothie for staying power. To make the smoothie: Blend a cup of vanilla unsweetened non-dairy milk (almond, soy, coconut, rice,etc.), with 1/2 cup frozen blueberries, 1/3 cup rolled gluten-free oats, pinch of cinnamon, some ice, and some vegan vanilla protein powder if you want more protein. Use non-GMO organic soy milk for 7 grams of protein as the base and even a tablespoon of almond butter for more protein with 7 grams per two tablespoons. You can also try our Blueberry Acai Super Smoothie if you want a superfood punch!
Creamy Maple Berry Quinoa
Some people get tired of oatmeal, so try quinoa flakes instead. They’re a bit milder than whole quinoa and much less bitter, plus the flakes cook up just like instant oatmeal so they’re easy. Flaked quinoa is also gluten-free, rich in iron and potassium, and is still a whole grain food. To make: Use 1/2 cup quinoa flakes, a teaspoon maple syrup (or you can use stevia and maple flavoring), 1 cup non-dairy milk, a tablespoon your choice nut (or seed) butter, and cook on the stove like you would oatmeal. Feel free to top with some whole fruit strawberry or blueberry jam, and any spices, fruits, or whatever else you enjoy. Also try our Protein-Packed Breakfast Quinoa Bowl or our favorite Pomegranate Quinoa Porridge, both of which you can use quinoa flakes instead of whole quinoa as a milder option.
Sprouted Grain Toast and Almond Butter With Bananas
If you just really hate cooking or aren’t in the mood for a smoothie, then have some sprouted grain toast instead. Sprouted grain bread contains no flour, no preservatives and is strictly sprouted grains. The sprouting process increases the digestibility and protein content, reduces allergenic reactions, and increases the amount of B vitamins, magnesium, fiber, and critical nutrients found in whole grains. Sprouted grain bread can be bought gluten-free if needed and tastes amazing with some raw nut butter. While you could make a sandwich with it, go for some toast as a breakfast treat instead, or even have it as a snack. Finish the toast with some sliced bananas, side of apples, or smash some berries on top for a touch of fresh produce.
Stuffed Sweet Potatoes
Sweet potatoes are another easy, delicious way to eat something healthy that doesn’t feel like it. Packed with fiber and a sweet flavor, these potatoes make any meal better! Make yours a meal by stuffing it with some of the following ideas: diced or fresh tomatoes with avocado, salsa and steamed veggies, or just eat it plain and enjoy with some steamed veggies. Top with hot sauce, mustard, non-dairy cheese, cracked black pepper, and even vegan ketchup if needed!
A Mighty Macro Bowl
Bowls filled with flavors and textures will satisfy anyone, and the best part? They’re easy to customize! Start with a simple grain like whole grain rice and remember, rice doesn’t have to be boring. Make a batch of either brown, black, or wild rice (all whole grain forms), and top with some veggies of choice such as roasted squash or potatoes, broccoli, green beans, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, chickpeas or black beans, and a sauce like vegan cheese, tahini sauces, curry powder, hot sauce, mustard dressing, or whatever else you might like. Add some hummus for more protein, give it all a good toss and there you go- a rice bowl that will keep you full, healthy, and won’t taste like a health dish (though it will make you feel pretty awesome!).
See how simple that was?
If you’re a meatless eater and have “select” taste in food, what do you enjoy? Give us your secrets!
Lead Image Source: Baked Stuffed Sweet Potatoes With Sriracha Cashew Cheese