3 Delicious Vegetarian Recipes That’ll Make Meat Eaters Green With Envy!

It’s easy to assume that all meals should contain some form of meat, pork or poultry. The truth is, there are many delicious vegetarian meals out there. What’s more, they will secretly make many meat eater envious!

 

With more people becoming flexitarians (only eating meat some of the time), there is a need for good recipe ideas. Of course, there are also some people wishing to convert to vegetarianism as well. So, just what kind of veggie meals are out there that taste great?

 

You might not think it, but there are hundreds of meal ideas just waiting for you to try them out! Here is a selection of some of the most delicious ones to tempt your taste buds:

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Macaroni Cheese

 

Let’s face it; you don’t always have to create a culinary masterpiece that takes you a long time to prepare. Nor do you need to make meals with scores of ingredients. There will be times where you just don’t feel like spending lots of time in the kitchen.

 

Sometimes, you just want something quick and straightforward to prepare. For such occasions, Macaroni Cheese is an ideal choice! Check out http://allrecipes.com/recipe/24321/moms-favorite-baked-mac-and-cheese/ for a recipe that takes just ten minutes to prepare! All you need are a few ingredients, and you can let your oven take care of the rest.

Homemade Veggie Burger with Potato Wedges

 

Are you someone who enjoys eating the occasional burger? Well, the good news is that you can cook a delicious veggie burger at home.

 

Sure, it might not have a beef patty. But, it’s just as mouth-watering and a lot healthier too! If you feel like making a diner-style meal, either for yourself or your family, how about some homemade veggie burgers with potato wedges?

 

You might be wondering what your burger will consist of; after all, you won’t be using any meat. To be honest, there is a variety of recipes out there that use all kinds of ingredients. Take a look here to see a few examples!

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Mushroom, black bean or even Quorn mince burgers are a few examples that you can try. Bear in mind that it does take a lot of prep work to create veggie burgers, but the end results are superb.

 

Be sure you’ve got the right gear in your kitchen before you begin. For a start, you’ll need to do a lot of chopping, so some sharp, good quality knives are essential. Check out http://www.cutitfine.com/kitchen-knife-set-reviews/ for some knife set ideas. You’ll also need a robust and powerful food processor to mix the ingredients.

 

When it comes to the potato wedges, simply peel and chop up some potatoes into wedge shapes. You can either fry them or cook them in an oven. If you’re doing the latter, coat them with some oil and paprika if you wish to make them a bit spicy.

 

Pasta with spinach and pesto

 

Are you in the mood for something Italian? If so, how about a quick and easy yet scrumptious pasta meal? It only needs just a few ingredients:

 

  • Fusilli or Penne Pasta;
  • Walnuts and basil leaves;
  • Garlic;
  • Soft cheese; and
  • Spinach.

150 grams of pasta will serve a couple of people. Simply boil the pasta and while that’s happening, use a food processor to blend everything else except the spinach. Once the pasta is boiled, you can drain the water and then stir in the homemade pesto and spinach. Et voila!

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Super-licious Superfoods: What Are They And How Do They Boost Your Health?

The idea of a superfood has been around for a long time now. These are foods that have been discovered to be so powerfully beneficial for the human body that they have gained special status. But many people don’t know which foods are superfoods and which foods aren’t, thanks to the diversity of food on supermarket shelves. Here’s a rundown of which foods actually are superfoods, and how they boost your health.

 

Sweet Potatoes

 

Regular potatoes aren’t superfoods, and despite the name, they aren’t actually related to sweet potatoes. Sweet potatoes are most closely related to spinach and were traditionally eaten in East Asia and in North America.

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Sweet potatoes were first theorized to be a superfood back in the 1990s when researchers suddenly discovered that people living on the Japanese island of Okinawa were living a heck of a lot longer than individuals in mainland Japan – or anywhere else for that matter.

 

They dug into the data and tried to find out what it was that was causing this fascinating longevity in the population, and why people aged 90 were still able to work in the fields as if they were forty years younger.

 

They soon found out that the locals got more than 70 percent of their calories from their main crop, the sweet potato, and so scientists wondered whether it was protecting them in some way. After a little bit of digging, they found out that sweet potatoes have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties, making them the perfect food for humans wanting to live a long time.

 

Wheatgrass

 

What exactly is wheatgrass? Simply put, it’s the grassy shoots of the wheat seed, Triticum aestivum. Wheat grass is now considered a dietary supplement, but it didn’t enter the Western diet until the 1930s.

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Wheatgrass has been hailed by advocates as having numerous health properties, including the ability to get rid of gout, reduce constipation, prevent cancer, and quickly deal with colds, fevers and infections.

 

Usually, it can’t be bought fresh from the store, so it’s worthing finding out how to grow wheatgrass yourself.

 

Broccoli

 

Broccoli, as you probably already know, is packed with nutrients, including vitamins and minerals. But that’s probably not the star of the show when it comes to this flower-like vegetable.

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The most important constituent of broccoli, and the thing that makes it a superfood is all the sulforaphane that it contains. It turns out that this little compound is responsible for clearing out our livers and making our skin appear younger and most robust. People who eat broccoli on a regular basis – a couple of servings a week – usually have fewer health problems that those who don’t.

 

Almond Butter

 

Almonds and almond butter are all the rage right now, thanks to their mild, marzipan flavor. But there’s a reason to eat almonds besides the tastiness: they also happen to be extremely good for you.

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Like most nuts, almonds are great for weight loss. Even though they are calorie-dense, nuts are so filling they actually reduce the overall number of calories people eat in a day. Nuts have also been linked to longevity: vegans who eat nuts live seven years longer than those who don’t.

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Obscure Foods for Your Grill

We all have our favorite go to foods for our grill, the ones that have been with us for years and always delight the family. We also have the staples, those that are always good to have in supply for big BBQ get togethers. People need to be fed, and those ones always ensure that they leave your grilling session fully satisfied.

 

But then there are the other ones, the ones that don’t get a regular airing on the grill. You might not have thought to grill the foods we’re listed below before, but give it a go – you might be pleasantly surprised. And if you’re not, then no bother – variety is the spice of life and you’ll have had your heat for the day.

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Animals from Down Under

 

We all know that Australian’s know what they’re doing when it comes to setting up a barbie’. They’re the masters of it. After all, this is a nation that spends Christmas Day having a BBQ with friends and family! What you maybe didn’t know was that Australian animals can also be cooked on the grill. Think you’ve tried everything? You will be once you try a kangaroo burger, kangaroo fillet, or a crocodile burger. Some people will recoil (remember Skippy?) but those that do give it a go will have stepped outside of their comfort zone and had a meal that is utterly unique.

 

Straight from the Cow

 

If I offered you the chance to try a cow’s stomach lining, I wouldn’t hold it against you if you backed away slowly and uninvited me to every BBQ you’ll ever have. But you would be wrong, because tripe meat tastes much better than it sounds. Throw the tripe on a skewer, marinated in butter and sprinkled with breadcrumbs and scorch over high heat. Hurray, you have grilled tripe! We’re sure it’ll become a fixture on your BBQ menu for years to come.

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From the Sea

 

Seafood tastes delicious when it’s grilled, and we’re not going to lie – we’re pretty comfortable with you trying anything, because you won’t be disappointed. Salmon, shrimp, scallops…none of them will let you down. But every now and again you might want to get a little bit adventurous with what you put on your BBQ. Need suggestions? How about an octopus? They look ridiculous, have no business in being anywhere other than the sea..and they taste delicious, especially when they’re properly prepared. You can also grill clams, which are small enough and quick enough to grill that they make for a delicious pre-meal appetizer. Simply throw them on the BBQ, cover, and in two minutes you’ll have a tasty clam ready to be eaten.

 

Conclusion

 

Essentially, what we’re saying here is: go nuts with what you’re eating! There are no rules as to what can taste great if they’re grilled in a smart way. Spend a little bit of time learning how to prepare your obscure meat and you’ll soon have an extensive menu that’ll be the envy of your BBQ buddies.

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Age Is Only A Number! Giving Yourself New Approaches To Health As You Get Older

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The onset of age comes with many different worries regardless of how young, middle-aged or “old” you are. And as someone once said, it is not how old you are, it is how you are old! A lot of people seem to think that as soon as you hit 35 you need to start thinking about where you want to retire to, and what’s going to happen to your grandkids, but the fact of the matter is that it is not about preparing for the ravages of age, it is about preventing the ravages of age. Here are a couple of simple tips to think about as you get older.

 

Checking Yourself

It can never be underestimated the importance of examining yourself for irregularities such as lumps or abnormal growths, and this isn’t something that is confined to when you are over 40. This is something you should be doing every time you go in the shower regardless of how old you are, as when you do get older, you are more susceptible to any kinds of diseases, including cancer, which affects one-third of all people in the Western world. So whether you should have a regular breast exam, or you go to a doctor for your prostate check ups, you need to be examining yourself also.

 

Diet

Everybody talks about diets and really it isn’t about “diets” per se, as a diet implies that it is a temporary thing. Instead, if you said it was a “lifestyle change,” that is a lot easier to comprehend. Also, the potential for diabetes and heart disease increases as you get older, so learning good dietary habits when you are younger as opposed to changing your whole way of eating, which is a lot more difficult when you’re older, is something that we need to be teaching our kids and our grandkids. If you’re reading this as someone in your 20s, then swapping one meal a week that consists of a burger and fries to a plate of steamed vegetables and fish is a good starting point.

 

Exercise

A lot of people talk about hitting the gym seven days a week in order to fight off belly fat. But in actual fact if you are going to the gym seven days a week you might be putting your body under too much pressure, which can have a stressing effect on your body, ramping up the amount of cortisol, also known as the stress hormone, which can stop you putting on muscle. Instead, going a healthy amount of times to the gym, such as three or four times a week, is sufficient enough. Or if you do not have the time, then either finding hobbies that demand physical activity, or by participating in high intensity interval training, are ways to help keep you fit while making the most of your time.

 

Relaxing

With the amount of information we are bombarded with, we can easily get overstimulated regardless of our age. So by getting into the habit of putting your phone away for an hour before bedtime, will help you to sleep more soundly. Or if you are into more spiritual pursuits then meditating for 10 minutes in the morning has proven to reduce stress and give long-term heath benefits.

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The Functional, No-Fuss Kitchen And How To Achieve It

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With an ever-increasing number of cookery shows and the rising popularity of celebrity chefs, it’s easy to get caught up in the latest cooking fads. For example, purchasing fancy branded crockery or investing in the latest stylish food mixer. Those are the items that end up cluttering your work surfaces or gathering dust in the cupboard. They leave a sizeable hole in your bank balance, and your food doesn’t get any better.

 

Rather than copying someone else’s dream kitchen, think about what would really work for you. Focus on function.

 

How Do You Use Your Kitchen?

 

For many of us, the kitchen is much more than a place to prepare food. Often it’s the hub of the whole house. It’s the place we gather as a family, to drink coffee and eat meals. Our kids do their homework on the kitchen table, and our pets find a cozy place to nap. We leave each other messages on the fridge or display our latest achievements.

 

How do you use your kitchen? Make a list of its various functions. This is a good starting point. If you’re clear on its various uses, you can go ahead and make improvements.

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Get Rid Of Anything That Isn’t Useful

 

Regina Brett advises us to ‘get rid of anything that isn’t beautiful, useful or joyful’. This is good advice, especially in the kitchen. Clutter, as well as being visually unappealing, slows processes and gets in the way of everyday functions. Creating an efficient kitchen often starts with having a sort out and moving things around. Go through everything cupboard by cupboard and discard anything that is no longer useful. Give it to friends, recycle or bin it.

 

There is no list or rules to advise you when going through this process. It’s a very personal choice. For example, if you’re a coffee aficionado, that large coffee machine on the counter will be vital. If you’re not and it’s just in the way, it’s time to ditch it.

 

Invest In Equipment And Accessories That Will Work For You

 

Before investing in new appliances, tools or machinery, ask yourself how it will improve your life. This could be by saving time, bringing pleasure, expanding meal choices, etc. Then ask yourself, whether you intend to use it and if so, how often. If you’re unsure, wait a few days. Are there any other areas you could invest in to bring greater benefits?

 

There’s nothing wrong with buying new appliances; you just need to ensure that they are useful. For example, if you love home cooked food but are short on time, opt for labor-saving devices such as a convection microwave. This will prepare a roast chicken in a fraction of the time and will also brown it for you. Always shop around and read reviews, such as recent countertop microwave reviews. Dishwashers and slow cookers will also provide you with more time.

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Create Zones

 

If your kitchen is multifunctional, think in terms of zones. For example, you’ll have a zone for cooking and preparing food, an area for washing up, an area for eating and homework, etc. Ensure each zone is as efficient as possible. Large overhead lights will make eating and homework easier, whereas countertop lights will work best for preparing food.

 

Ensure you have adequate storage space if areas are used for different purposes. Tables with built-in drawers make setting the table a breeze and will remove clutter when the table is being used for something else.
The next time you’re deliberating over whether to buy the latest kitchen accessory, spend some time considering whether it will be useful, what benefits it will bring, and if there’s anything else that will provide greater benefits. When it comes to the kitchen, focus on function.

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How You Can Stay Alert Throughout The Day

The days just fly by these days. You’ve likely got kids to drop to school, a job to get to, chores to get done, the list goes on. It can sometimes be hard to stay upbeat and alert. But the key to happiness can be found by using various techniques and supplements to keep you going strong. If you’re struggling day to day then perhaps these can help you.

 

Water

 

Not just the one bottle, but if you can get yourself into a good system, whereby you’re drinking it constantly throughout the day then water can give you the energy you need to be successful. It also relieves fatigue, so if you’re running around all day it can help you feel more alert and less tired. There’s a huge amount of health benefits that come with drinking water too, so there’s no excuse not to. If you just keep a bottle at hand it will soon become second nature to keep taking sips throughout the day.

 

Coffee

 

Coffee, of course containing caffeine, is one of the best ways to start your day. The amount of people who walk around with a Starbucks cup in the morning has become ridiculous, especially when there are some great and tasty coffee you can make at home. The best instant coffee can give you the energy you need to push through the morning. It also stimulates the brain in a way that can potentially make you more productive. Just be careful not to drink super large quantities of it throughout the day or to drink it too late or it can affect your sleep.
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Caffeine Pills

 

Many people don’t actually like coffee, be it the taste or the feeling. Whilst some won’t have time to make coffee in the morning if they’re on a tight schedule. If this is the case it can be worth popping a quick caffeine pill in the morning before you leave the house. They can improve your concentration and reduce exertion. They are also great before embarking on a strenuous sports activity such as a long cycle or swim. Again, they are best swallowed in the morning or before strenuous activity.

 

Exercise

 

Exercise can keep your energy flowing by increasing the productivity of your heart and increasing circulation around your body. The more you exercise the more energy you’ll have to spend throughout the day. It can be a great idea to go for a long walk at the end of the day or a run in the morning before work. It will be hard at first, but the more you do the quicker you’ll get into a killer routine. You likely know about the brilliant health benefits of exercising, so even if you just start off by going on weekly runs it can help you in your day to day life by allowing you to fatigue less and stay productive for longer.

 

You need to choose the method and balance that is right for you, a mixture of exercise and water is a great bet, or perhaps a caffeine pill in the morning and exercise at night. It all depends what kind of job you do and how tired you actually get.

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Buzz Buzz! Exciting Ways to Get Your Coffee Fix!

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Coffee is one of the greatest substances on this planet. Not only does it help get your brain into gear when you need it most, but it also helps improve your mood and even aids in pain relief. If you want to take your coffee-drinking experiences to the next level, then we’ve got an amazing guide for you. Stop drinking that freeze-dried instant stuff – it’s time to really treat yourself to some rich coffee delights.

 

Machines for serious enthusiasts

 

If you’re looking to move away from instant coffee, then it’s probably time for you to start looking a the ways the experts make their coffee! A French press is probably the most basic step up, and can deliver some amazing coffee. But if you like your coffee pure but quick, you could look into machines such as the Espresso Gusto. If you want to add some more excitement to your coffee while keeping things inspired by the professionals, then you can consider getting flavored syrups for your caffeine fix.

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Caffeine-rich smoothies

 

Coffee doesn’t go in every smoothie, of course. Fruits like strawberries, apples, and lemon, for example, really don’t go well with that dark, rich flavor. But there are several fruits and nuts that make surprisingly great partners for coffee in a smoothie. Banana may be the most obvious one to many people – a coffee-banana smoothie, often misleadingly called a banoffee smoothie, makes for an amazing breakfast! Orange, almond, chocolate, and coconut also go great with the brew.

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Coffee snacks

 

You know those overpriced ‘energy ball’ snacks you can get in pretty much any health store? You can make those yourself at home – and you can make them even more potent if you give them an espresso kick! You can actually put coffee in a lot of snacks. Mocha pancakes are a great way to give yourself a quick energy boost if you want something light. Coffee muffins aren’t quite as easy to get right as the others, but those looking for a quick breakfast may want to make a bunch over the weekend then eat them on the way to work throughout the week for a super-tasty boost!

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Delicious desserts

 

When one thinks about “coffee” and “dessert” in the same sentence, then they inevitably think about tiramisu. Tiramisu can be made with more of a focus on the sweeter elements or with a stronger focus on the coffee. (A little booze also helps give it a powerful kick!) Tiramisu isn’t the easiest thing to get right, though. If you’re looking for something simpler, then you should look into baking a coffee cake.

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Roast your own

 

If you want to get really adventurous, then you could look into getting your own coffee beans and then roasting them yourself! This is the ultimate way to experiment and achieve a taste you really like. It requires a lot of practice, though, and is hardly the quick way to get your caffeine fix! Still, if you want to learn more about the art of coffee, then it’s certainly something you should think about.

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