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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