To succeed on a diet of plant based whole food (where I lost almost fifty pounds and got healthier) you need to look at it like a permanent lifestyle change. And, it is just that. Believe it or not, eating this way changes your whole viewpoint or perspective on the world.
I used to be a big ‘meat eater’. Now, I have my regrets about all those poor innocent animals I ate, but didn’t know any better based upon our culture and traditions.
After a while not eating meat, dairy, eggs and whatnot, they will not taste nearly as good as you remembered. Yes, even the Christmas turkey will taste different.
The same recipes I share with you on this blog are those I eat daily, weekly, monthly and throughout the year. Nothing too fancy, just very nutritious and low on salt, sugar and fat.
I love broccoli, potatoes, onions and mushrooms. When it comes to best nutrition, try to cut up your vegetables beforehand and let them sit awhile.
Doing so will help hold the nutrients in while cooking that fight certain diseases like cancer (cooking or steaming does devitalize vegetables somewhat.)
The research studies demonstrate vegetarian diets are linked to lower mortality [1 nih.gov/news-events]. Therefore, increase your chances of staying disease free and living longer by eating more fruits and vegetables.
So, from now on cut up and slice all your vegetables beforehand and set them aside a while. Then, pour them in your steamer. Here’s my basic ingredients and how I do it…
Simple steamed broccoli with potato, sautéed onion and mushrooms recipe
- Slice about a cup of broccoli
- I like to add a few green string beans, small amount of yellow squash or zucchini, and a handful of chopped kale, too (Did you know that ‘kale’ is about the most nutritious leafy green you can eat? It kind of reminds me of spinach)
- Steam everything for 5 to 10 minutes or until tender. Some vegetables cook faster than others, so you may have to test with knife and remove those which are done before the others
- Peel and cut up one russet organic potato put in a microwave safe container about 3 1/2 minutes until cooked
- Sauté half a sliced onion and cup of mushrooms for about five or ten minutes in fry pan (you can add a bit more because they both shrink down quite a lot)
- Add half cup of red wine and teaspoon each of garlic powder, basil, parsley, few shakes of salt and pepper while you are sautéing
- Put potato in bowl and top with broccoli (and other vegetables)
- Pour sautéed onions and mushrooms over
- More quick healthy recipes, here.
1 URL nih.gov/news-events/nih-research-matters/vegetarian-diets-linked-lower-mortality
Website Title National Institutes of Health
Article Title Vegetarian Diets Linked to Lower Mortality
Date Published March 31, 2016
Date Accessed March 30, 2018
Note- before you change your diet contact your doctor.