Any meatless eater will tell you that the most common question they receive from carnivores is, BUT WHAT DO YOU EAT?!
I have been asked this question for the last four and half years, whenever it is learned that I changed the way I eat to follow a meatless diet.
Half of the people who ask the what do you eat question asks it in a condescending way, and the other half are honestly curious because they have considered cutting back on animal proteins but aren’t sure how to incorporate more plant-based meals into their diet.
After briefly explaining to the questioners that my diet is probably more diverse now as a meatless eater than before making the diet switch, I jump to discussing how quick and easy it is to prepare wholesome plant-based meals.
As a meatless eater, advanced meal prep is rarely necessary. There’s no need for defrosting meats or worrying about cooking to proper temperatures.
The beauty of plant-based meals not only involves incorporating nutrient dense whole foods rich in vitamins, minerals, complex carbs and proteins but doing so in a matter of minutes.
I like to keep these ingredient staples in my kitchen at all times because I can rely on combining them quickly to create a wholesome, satisfying meal:
Success® Whole Grain Brown Rice
Stir Fry sauces (Low Sodium Soy Sauce, Sweet Chili sauce, Island Soyaki)
With Success® Whole Grain Brown Rice, you can enjoy the same taste and similar nutritional benefits of long cooking brown rice, but in ¼ the cooking time. I just pop a bag in a microwave safe bowl filled with water and microwave it for ten minutes as I get my chickpeas and avocado ready on a plate.
My son, who is NOT a meatless eater, loves Success Rice so quite often I make a bag of the rice to use for both of our meals. It’s great when we can share meal ingredients even though he is a carnivore and I am a meatless eater.
This plant-based recipe is a terrific source of complex carbohydrates, perfect for us runners. Success® White and Brown Rice are complex carbohydrates, gluten-free, cholesterol free and sodium free. Additionally, Success Brown Rice is 100% Whole Grain. Success Rice does not contain additives or preservatives and is non-GMO too!
We need complex carbohydrates to fuel our muscles, which is something that was lacking in my diet before becoming a meatless eater. I was so focused on proteins that adding brown rice to my plate was an afterthought, often neglected if I want to be honest.
As soon as I started building my meals around plant-based sources and including complex carbohydrates like sweet potatoes and brown rice, I saw an immediate positive difference in my running ability. My muscles had the energy to move and recover in order to move again.
This plant-based meal is also a complete source of protein, which is very important to know about as a meatless eater. Complete sources of protein include all 9 essential amino acids, which is often hard to achieve through plant-based proteins alone.
Our bodies cannot produce the essential amino acids (as it can the non-essential) so it’s really important we consume these complete proteins on a regular basis to aid our muscles in building and repair.
By combining the organic chickpeas with Success Whole Grain Brown Rice, all 9 essential amino acids are achieved. While they say it’s okay to not have all 9 essential amino acids combined in one meal and that they can be broken up throughout the day to receive the same benefits, I think it’s awesome when we can achieve them in one delicious dish!
- 1 bag of Success Brown Rice
- 1 Bag Steamfresh Stir Fry Vegetables (I use the broccoli, snap peas, carrots and water chestnut mix)
- 1 cup Organic Chickpeas
- Stir Fry sauce of choice:
- Sweet Chili Sauce, Soy Sauce, Liquid Aminos, Island Soyaki etc.
- Island Soyaki
- Soy Sauce
- Microwave your steam fresh vegetables (or cook however you like them, roasted or in a pan).
- Prepare your Success Whole Grain Brown Rice according to package instructions (microwave or stove top).
- Rinse and drain your organic chick peas.
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl.
- Add sauce of choice plus sliced avocado.
Leftovers can be stored in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for several days.
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