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25 Healthy Vegetarian Plant-Based Recipes

Whether you’re going full vegetarian or just looking for more plant-based meals to add to your menu, here are 25 of my family’s favorite meatless recipes.

Raise your hand if you’ve heard the term “plant-based”? It’s not just a marketing term, but a movement toward eating more foods from plants. We all know that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables is key to a healthy lifestyle, and many families are looking to also reduce the amount of meat in their diets.

Enter the plant-based movement.

What foods can you eat on a plant-based diet?

Contrary to popular belief, plant-based doesn’t necessarily mean a strictly vegan or vegetarian diet. It’s sometimes referred to as a flexitarian diet.

It means that your diet consists mainly of foods derived from plants, including fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, seeds and beans/legumes. Meat, eggs and dairy can still be consumed, usually in limited quantities.

The bottom line, a plant-based diet is flexible. No foods are completely off-limits!

What are the benefits of a plant-based diet?

There are definitely health benefits to a plant-based diet, including a diet low in saturated fat, rich in fiber, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants (from all those fruits and veggies!). This can lead to a lower risk of conditions like heart disease, hypertension and diabetes.

Of course, always talk to your doctor before making any dietary changes to discuss how it might affect you.

Plant-based diets are also more sustainable, as it takes less natural resources like water and land use. It can also help lower pollution and slow deforestation.

Will I get enough protein with a plant-based diet?

We get this question a lot. The short answer, yes! Protein isn’t only found in meat and dairy products, there are plenty of plant-based sources of protein including beans, legumes, nuts and seeds.

Our registered dietitian, Sally, dives deeper into this question and shares 20 meat and nut-free sources of protein here.

25 Healthy Vegetarian Plant-Based Recipes

Amber Gray

About the Author

Amber Gray

Amber is the new mom to a baby girl and navigating the world of diapers, first foods and very little sleep. She has been a part of the Produce for Kids team for 9 years, overseeing all digital marketing efforts including digital partnerships, content strategy, social media, website and email marketing. A passion for healthy cooking was instilled in her at a young age, cooking alongside her mom and sister in the kitchen. Her passion for cooking, food and photography has also brought her behind the lens to develop and photograph recipes for Produce for Kids and partners.

3 Comments on 25 Healthy Vegetarian Plant-Based Recipes

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  1. I like receiving your email and enjoy browsing through the ideas of meals you provide each time; however, since my kids and I don’t eat any animal products, I was hoping to find some plant based/ vegan options.
    (meat/egg/cheese less) .

    I think that if you added a section with those type of meals to your email it would be welcomed by all parents who are looking for healthier options for their kids. Besides, animal free products are more resistant to room temperature and more likely to be used for kids lunches; I know many friends who send their kids to school with “vegan” meals, because they don’t have to worry about keeping the meat, eggs, diary, mayo…etc.. at a certain temperature.

    Thanks, and I hope you’ll bring this idea up to the write people and hope to see the “plant based meals” addition to your future emails.

    🙂

  2. Thanks for posting this! Plant based means free of all animal products. Many of these recipes look perfect!

  3. wawo, so nice I will try this amazing

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