Our much-anticipated Vegetarian Dineamic Dozen has arrived! For all our vegetarian friends out there, we have put together our favourite meat-free options to have you covered for the week. If you’ve been vegetarian for a while, or are just looking at increasing your vegetable intake, our new bundle has a fantastic range of meals to keep things interesting.
The term vegetarian covers a wide range of eating preferences: more specifically, there are lacto-vegetarians, lacto-ovo-vegetarians, pescatarians and vegans to name a few. We’ll focus today on lacto-ovo-vegetarians, or those people who exclude meat, fish and poultry from their diet but include dairy and eggs.
Vegetarian diets often provide a number of health benefits, as usually they contain plenty of fruit, vegetables and wholegrains. However, reaching a healthy balance when you’re vegetarian may mean adding in foods to ensure your body is supplied with vital nutrients found in animal products.
There are many different mechanisms that are believed to be responsible for causing these improved health outcomes, but it can largely be attributed to the naturally occurring high fibre content in plant foods, as well as an array of vitamins and minerals. Many people wonder where vegetarians get their protein from, and believe that they are at risk for dietary deficiencies, however this is not necessarily the case.
Vegetarian sources of protein are varied and include foods such as dairy, eggs, tofu and legumes. Much like a carnivorous diet, if a vegetarian diet is not well-planned then it can be problematic. However, if a wide variety of plant foods are eaten accordingly to the recommended guidelines, then there is little risk of complications. For a more comprehensive look at what are the most important nutrients for vegetarians, check out our previous article on A Healthy Vegetarian Diet.
Our Vegetarian Dineamic Dozen includes two of our delicious soups; Minestrone & Quinoa and Broccoli, Spinach & Kale. The minestrone is a satisfying mix of plenty of veggies, beans and wholegrains to keep you feeling full. Our Broccoli, Spinach & Kale soup contains so much green goodness that you’ll feel healthier just looking at it! We also have our new main meal dishes that the whole family can enjoy.
A flavoursome Thai curry with tofu provides a great source of protein, and our delicious Cauliflower Curry and Lentil Dhal provides plenty of fibre from the legumes. Our combined meal options are fantastic when you don’t have any time to prepare something, and include our Vegetable Lasagne, Tuscan Vegetable Risotto and Vegetable & Bean Ragout with Rice.
We’ve also included our new fried rice dish, delicious on it’s own or as a side to some extra stir fried veggies and tofu.