4 Plant-Powered Meals

These veggie-centric — and vegan! — dishes are imaginative additions to your culinary repertoire. And, they’re good for the planet, too.

Shiitaki Mushroom Tacos and Salsa

It’s time to free your mind. If you’ve always composed meals around a piece of meat, think veggies instead. Plant-based dishes are an adventure in color, texture, and flavor; they offer a wealth of vitamins and antioxidants — plus a dose of health-promoting phytonutrients you can’t get anywhere else.

Bringing plants to the center of your plate benefits the planet, too. The meat and dairy industries require a lot of resources and contribute significantly to global climate change. You can source meat from small-scale farmers with more sustainable production models (for more on this, read 10 Steps to Climate-Friendly Eating), but this general rule still holds true: Eating less meat and more plants is a powerful way to reduce the amount of resources required to produce your food.

Far from boring, plant-based cooking can be creative, adaptable, and immensely satisfying. And whether you decide to go plant-based once a week, every day, or whenever the opportunity presents itself, you’ll be doing your body and the planet a favor.

Where’s My Protein?

You can indeed get protein from a meatless meal. Try reaching for some of these plant-based sources.

Chart of vegetarian foods high in protein

is a Minneapolis-based recipe developer and cookbook author.

Photos: Andrea DAgosto; Prop Styling: Alicia Buszczak; Food Stylist: Paul Jackman

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