MAKE IT meatless

Canadian Living - Quick & Easy - - NEWS - Happy eat­ing, RHEANNA KISH, se­nior food spe­cial­ist, The Cana­dian Liv­ing Test Kitchen

Like many folks, I gave veg­e­tar­i­an­ism a go dur­ing my angst-filled teen years. It didn’t last long, maybe eight months. The smell of my grand­mother’s roast turkey and sausage stuff­ing forced me to break down. It was all very melo­dra­matic, as you can imagine. But now I’m older, wiser and more in­formed (like many of you, dear read­ers), and I find my­self lean­ing to­ward hav­ing a meat-free meal at least once a week. The ben­e­fits of choos­ing veg­eta­bles of­ten are hard to deny. There is the ob­vi­ous eth­i­cal an­gle, which is of­ten the first call to veg­e­tar­i­an­ism. Then the en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits come into play: fac­tory farm­ing and an­i­mal agri­cul­ture di­rectly af­fect the qual­ity of our air, wa­ter and soil. Per­haps the eas­i­est to take to heart (lit­er­ally) are the health ben­e­fits. Nu­tri­tious, bal­anced meat-free meals are nat­u­rally lower in sat­u­rated fat, higher in fi­bre and full of can­cer-fight­ing phy­tonu­tri­ents. And fi­nally, as food costs con­tinue to soar, eat­ing a meat-free meal once or twice a week is eas­ier on your wal­let! It’s sim­ple to make a meat-free com­mit­ment, but it’s an­other thing to get your fam­ily be­hind you—es­pe­cially if it’s some­thing new. And that’s where this recipe col­lec­tion will help. We have com­piled more than 90 of our favourite meat-free recipes (in­clud­ing eggs and some cheese). From hearty soups and ro­bust pas­tas to in­spired piz­zas and rich veg­gie stews, there’s some­thing in here that even the staunch­est of meat lovers will ap­pre­ci­ate. So whether you are a full-time veg­e­tar­ian or just ex­per­i­ment­ing with the ben­e­fits of eat­ing meat-free, I hope you en­joy and are in­spired by this col­lec­tion.

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