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I’ve lost a significant amount of weight twice in my life. Through each of those experiences I have learned many lesson and adapted my diet to what it is today. I eat a wide variety of foods, I don’t restrict anything from my diet and I try to eat 5-6 meals per week that are 100% plant based. When I say plant based that means no eggs, no dairy, no animal based protein. Why do this? Because eating plant-based foods means more antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, less damaging (saturated)fat and more fiber. I’m the first one to say that, me, going 100% plant base is never going to happen. I enjoy too many things like… cheese and steak and ice cream. But I also really enjoy eating plant based meals.
When I first started eating a plant based diet there were few pre made food options that didn’t taste, well, weird. Then I found MorningStar Farms® Grillers® Original Burgers. I used these burgers not only as patties but also in recipes. MorningStar Farms then expanded their line to include Chik’n Strips and Veggie Sausage Crumbles™. My world was forever changed. To this day, I cook chili’s and stir fries with them all the time.
Recently, MorningStar Farms launched MorningStar Farms® Veggie Bowls and I’m in love. These bowls are perfect for days when I don’t feel like cooking (I know, a food blogger who doesn’t want to cook every day — irony). The bowls are delicious as-is. They have flavor and you can see whole ingredients. The bowls are made with Chik’n Strips, Steak Strips and Veggie Sausage Crumbles™ and most bowls pack over 10 grams of protein and are under 300 calories.
They come in several varieties including:
- Chik’n Pot Pie
- Chik’n Tikka Masala
- Italian Sausage Bake
- Japanese Soba Noodles
- Moroccan Medley
My favorite is the Italian Sausage Bake. I love the zucchni and whole chick peas. The dish has great texture and the sauce is well seasoned.
Starting to eat a plant based diet can be intimidating. So here are a few tips to get you started and help you change your meal routine.
- Start small 1-2 meals per week then build until you get to 5-6 meals per week (25% of your meals)
- Focus on whole foods
- Choose foods that have little oil, few added sugars
- Have a few go to recipes that are fast and tasty – try my spicy eggplant lettuce wraps
- Keep MorningStar Farms® Veggie Bowls on hand for days when you are in a rush or don’t have time to cook.
I stock up on MorningStar Farms® Veggie Bowls at my local Jewel. I find them in the frozen foods isle in the Vegetable section
So are you willing to at add plant based meals into your diet routine?