A Plate Full of Veggies

Borrow from the vegan playbook now and then to mix up your menu and enjoy plant-based meals.

| April/May 2011

  • Photography by Povy Kendal Atchison; Food Styling by Pieter Dijkstra

Most likely, it happens on the way to the meat department at the grocery store. You know you have to find something fast and easy for dinner … not too expensive … tasty, oh, and nourishing, too. And then it happens. You enter the fresh produce department and find everything you need.

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It’s possible you have just become an accidental vegan, someone who borrows from the vegan pantry on a regular basis. Being a dietary vegan simply means not eating meat, dairy foods, honey or other foods derived from animals. Adopting a full-time dietary vegan philosophy is often a personal commitment arrived at over time and with careful thought, but if your food style is in need of an overhaul, especially if you are motivated by a desire to save on food bills and eat more in-season vegetables, both you and your pocketbook may benefit from the wide variety of whole foods that vegans enjoy.

Eating vegan may save money because you can fill your grocery cart and your dinner plate with in-season fruits and vegetables, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and legumes. Many of these choices have achieved superfood status and are high in phytonutrients and low in fats. These same vegan staples are the very foods most of the world’s people thrive on. Today, even the least expensive cuts of beef average $3 per pound compared with dried beans and lentils that weigh in at around $1 per pound. There may be additional health-related payoffs, depending on how much processed foods and trans fats are currently in your diet.

You can benefit from the basics of a vegan diet by borrowing some plant-based recipes and working them into your routine. Spring is an especially good time to reach for lighter fare featuring fresh produce.



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