Did you know that October is World Vegetarian Awareness month?
Vegetarian meals are vibrant, flavourful and easy to make and choosing meat-free meals is a great way to make yourself not only look better but feel better too. A diet rich in fruits, vegetables, grains, legumes and nuts is a fantastic source of fibre, protein, vitamins and minerals and incorporating some healthy meatless meals into your weekly menu is a surefire way to ensuring you’re meeting your dietary needs.
Many of the worlds leading health organisations now recommend a reduction in the amount of meat we consume. In fact, going meatless a few days of week can reduce your risk of preventable health conditions such as cardiovascular disease, obesity, high blood pressure and diabetes, while at the same time reducing your carbon footprint.
Leaving meat off your plate a few days a week is also a great wait to save money. With the price of meat products on the rise, now is the perfect time to incorporate nutritious meat alternatives into your lifestyle and explore the other options on the market. You don’t have to go cold turkey (pardon the pun). All you need to do is ease yourself into some meatless meals and slowly increase the number of vegetarian meals on your weekly menu.
The food we consume impacts our own personal health and wellbeing, the animals and the planet. Challenge your family and friends to join in World Vegetarian Awareness month this October and start experimenting by creating meals that entice you to explore new foods. Why not try the Vegie Delights Thai Chilli and Lime Cakes with this Thai salad? It is a quick and easy meal that is both nutritious and delicious.
For the salad:
1 cup cabbage, chopped
1/2 cup capsicum, chopped
1 carrot, shredded
3 sprigs of spring onion, chopped
1/2 cup coriander, chopped
1/2 cup cashews, chopped
1/2 cup shelled sugar snap peas
For the dressing:
1 tbsp sesame seeds
2 tbsp soy sauce
2 cloves crushed garlic
Juice of half a lime
1/4 cup canola oil
1/2 tbsp lemongrass paste
1 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tbsp maple syrup
1. Blend all dressing ingredients and set aside.
2. Mix all salad ingredients and set aside.
3. Cook Veggie Delights Thai Chilli and Lime Cakes and place on top of the salad.
4. Drizzle with dressing and enjoy!
* Garnish with fresh chilli some avocado slices
** Keep your dressing separate to ensure the salad stays fresher and crisper for longer