Here’s a three-part quick meal that is tasty, high in fiber and pretty much ready-made. Meatless meals have never been so easy!
Making a meatless lunch or dinner that tastes good can seem daunting, but throwing in variety and a few pre-made items can be a game-changer. This meatless meal has three parts in order to maximize the flavor and nutrients.
Sweet potato fries – choose an option below
- Frozen sweet potato fries, check the ingredient list for unnecessary ingredients like sugar
- Or use fresh-cut sweet potato “fries” in the refrigerator section that you bake at home
- Or scrub, cut and cook your own in the microwave then dip in low-fat sour cream and Cajun spice mix. You can also slice them into rounds for sweet potato nachos.
Lentil soup is jammed pack with fiber and can meet around 25% of your daily needs. Women under <50 years of age need 25 grams of fiber per day and men < 50 need 38 grams of fiber. Over 50 years of age it’s 20 grams and 30 grams respectively. Lentils are loaded with plant-based protein and phytonutrients. One can on average has around 12 grams of protein.
- Open a can of low or reduced-sodium lentil soup, add in 1 chopped plum tomato, shake in some of Trader Joe’s 21 herb salute or Ms. Dash and heat. I use microwave silicone covers – they keep things clean and are environmentally friendly.
- On top of a corn tortilla, mix two chopped plum tomatoes with a few tablespoons of tomato bruschetta (comes in a glass jar or in the refrigerated section of the grocery store) and a couple of tablespoons of low-fat shredded mozzarella. Place in the toaster oven for 3 minutes.
You’ve got yourself a 15-minute meatless meal. Eat and Enjoy! Looking for more meals with a plant-based boost? Check out my new book, The Plant-Based Boost Cookbook, 100+Recipes for Athletes and Exercise Enthusiasts.