By Samantha Bailey, Registered Dietitian
When you think of October, you likely picture pumpkins, candy corn and scarecrows, but do you ever dream of a plate full of colorful, nutritious veggies? If not, this is your time to start. Why?! October is Vegetarian Awareness Month! Studies have shown that following a vegetarian diet can reduce your risk of serious health conditions (think: heart disease, type two diabetes and high blood pressure). Vegetarian diets are also linked to an increased intake of vitamin C, vitamin E and fiber. Reap these various health benefits by trying a new vegetarian meal at least three times a week throughout the upcoming month. Here are some nutrient-filled recipes to get you started!
Veggie-fy Old Classics
Many classic, meat-centric dishes can be easily—and tastily—updated to omit meat. Case in point: this Vegetarian Lasagna. Libby’s® Mixed Vegetables stand in for ground beef, a flavorful trade that will set you on the right track for achieving your daily serving of vegetables. Serve alongside a warm loaf of your favorite whole grain bread for a filling, family-friendly dinner.
The New Comfort Food
Soups make a hearty, satiating and naturally meat-less meal option—especially on those chilly autumn nights. When the temps drop, fire up your stove for this Roasted Carrot & Apple Soup. Made with Libby’s® Sliced Carrots, apples and onions and spiced just right with cumin and chives, it’s a colorful, aromatic blend that’s perfect for an easy weeknight dinner or cozy weekend lunch.
Spice Up Burger Night
No need to forego burger night just because you’re eating vegetarian. Ditch your regular beef patty for this kicked-up, fiber-filled Mexican Salsa Veggie Burger. It’s concocted with pinto beans, oatmeal, spices, and Libby’s® Whole Kernel Sweet Corn—a winning combo so flavorful that you’ll forget what meat even tastes like. Give it a try and see that experimenting can be fun—and incredibly delicious!