More Vegetables…Please!

Vegetables are the #1 missing food in the typical diet.

When I ask my clients why this is, they usually say it’s because of bad memories of their parents making them eat all their soggy green beans before leaving the dinner table!

The truth is, veggies are not intimidating and are seriously good for you. Not only are they packed with vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients, but when prepared correctly, they are incredibly delicious! Best of all, an extra serving of veggies can help you fight a meat craving.

These vegetarian options provide that extra hearty satisfaction your meatless meals might lack:

·       black beans ·       black-eyed peas ·       lentils
·       garbanzo beans ·       carrots ·       pulses

TRY THIS EXERCISE

If you’re up for experimenting in the kitchen, try curbing a meat craving with a succulent Portobello ‘steak’ burger for you and a friend:

·       2 portobello mushroom caps ·       2 (1 ounce) slices provolone cheese
·       2 wholegrain burger buns ·       1 ½ teaspoons minced garlic
·       1 tablespoon olive oil ·       Salt & pepper to taste
·    ½ teaspoon dried basil & oregano ·       2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

 

  1. Place the mushroom caps in a shallow dish. To make the marinade, whisk vinegar, oil, basil, oregano, garlic, salt, and pepper together in a small bowl. Pour over the mushrooms.
  2. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  3. Brush grate with oil. Place mushrooms on the grill, reserving marinade for basting. Grill for 5 to 8 minutes on each side, or until tender. Brush with marinade frequently. Top with cheese (try a vegan type!) during the last two minutes of grilling.
  4. Serve on warm wholegrain burger buns.