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Four ways to turn your family favourites vegetarian

If you are not vegetarian, but are looking to improve your health, and care for the planet, try eating less meat. Meat-free Mondays are a great way to start and you can dedicate other days as you progress, MiNDFOOD reports.

Four ways to turn your family favourites vegetarian

If you are not vegetarian, but are looking to improve your health, and care for the planet, try eating less meat. Meat-free Mondays are a great way to start and you can dedicate other days as you progress.

Lentils and seasonal vegetables

Lasagna is commonly made with three basic ingredients: mince, lasagna and cheese. By removing the mince and adding lentils, along with a wide selection of vegetables such as eggplants, capsicum and courgette, you have a great tasting lasagna that can easily be modified to suit the seasons, just by simply changing the type of vegetables you include.

Tofu

Curries and stir-fries are some of the easiest meals to modify. Replace any meat you commonly use with cashew nuts, chickpeas, kidney beans or tofu. Tofu is a great ingredient as it has no flavour of its own and takes on the flavours of the food it is being cooked with. Tofu is made from soy beans and comes as two forms: firm and silken. Firm tofu can be used in stir-fries, soups and curries. Tofu is found in the chiller section, vacuum packed or stored in water.

Try our recipe for Tofu Salad.

Nuts

Sprinkling nuts into pastas and salads is a great way to enjoy one of nature’s best superfoods.  A great source of protein, healthy fats, vitamins and minerals, just a handful five or more times a week can reduce the risk of heart disease by 30-50 per cent – and they taste great.  

Beans

If you usually include a ham or bacon bone when cooking soups, try replacing them with a can of chickpeas, or if you’re looking for a bit of extra spice, try adding chilli beans. There are a wide variety of beans that you can use in soups for extra texture and taste. Why not experiment to find your favourite: try borlotti beans, cannellini beans, red kidney beans or aduki beans.

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