Skeptic’s Guide to Vegetarian Food

Vegetarian Cartoon

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Whether you’re a happy herbivore or a staunch carnivore, there’s no denying the fact that plant-based foods tend to be lower in fat and calories than those derived from cows and pigs. This isn’t to say that we’re trying to convince you to forsake all meat for eternity; turkey, fish, and chicken are great sources of lean protein for weight loss. But if you’re trying to lose weight, chomping down on a triple-decker cheeseburger probably isn’t the best idea. Instead, consider using a few deceptive food substitutions to cut down on your intake of saturated fat. You’ll barely notice the difference. Small changes do add up over time – plus, it gives you the chance to experiment with some healthy new recipes.

Lentil Stew (Made with hearty root vegetables, greens, and a rich stock, you’ll never notice there isn’t meat in it)

Lentil Stew

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Bean Burrito (Add a bunch of taco seasoning and salsa to the beans and veggies to trick yourself into thinking you’re eating ground beef)

Bean Burrito

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Quesadilla (This is a good place to hide tofu because the cheese melts everything together so it’s practically unidentifiable – just use nonfat cheese and lots of veggies)

Quesadillas with Salsa

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Fried Rice (Use scrambled eggs instead of adding meat chunks)

Fried Rice with Eggs and Veggies

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Pizza (Make your own gourmet pizza and add mushrooms instead of pepperoni… or soy bacon, if you must)

Pizza with Mushrooms and Kale

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Sausages (Try a vegetarian faux meat substitute)

Vegetarian Sausage and Pineapple

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Burgers (Many commercial veggie burgers are dry or oddly textured; try this homemade recipe instead)

Tempeh Burgers

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