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Build a Better Me, Month 11: Eat More Vegetarian Meals

Build a Better Me Healthy Blogging Challenge

This month for the Build a Better Me Blogging Challenge, I’ve decided to focus on eating more vegetarian meals. It’s not that I don’t like meat, I’m just trying to get into the habit of thinking of veggies as the main course. I’m hoping that eating meatless meals several times a week will help me consider meat to be more of a side dish rather than the main course when I do eat it.

Is a vegetarian diet safe for people with diabetes? The American Diabetes Association says yes. The Mayo Clinic agrees, saying a vegetarian diet may help people with diabetes because:

  • It makes weight control easier.
  • It improves blood sugar control and insulin response, assuming you focus on fruits, vegetables, legumes (lentils, beans, etc.), nuts and whole grains. If you decide to eat a vegetarian diet comprised primarily of white bread, potatoes and pasta, all bets are off.
  • It reduces your risk of heart problems later in life, which is all too common in people with diabetes. Vegetarian diets are usually low in fat, low in cholesterol and high in fiber which is beneficial to cardiovascular health.

I don’t think I’ll ever totally subscribe to a vegetarian lifestyle, but I will be eating more meatless meals from now on. You’ll find some of my favorite vegetarian dishes below.

Do you eat vegetarian meals? What are some of your favorites?

Breakfast Burrito with Cherry Tomato-Avocado Salsa Breakfast Burritos with Cherry Tomato-Avocado Salsa
Lentil Spaghetti Lentil Spaghetti
Tortilla Soup with Roasted Vegetables Tortilla Soup with Roasted Vegetables
Spicy Chickpea Crepe with Cucumber-Yogurt Sauce (gluten-free)

Photo by Tracey Rock

Spicy Chickpea Crepes with Cucumber Yogurt Sauce – this recipe took second place in the Pete & Gerry’s Egg-streme Crepe Challenge
Grilled Squash Pizza with Flax Crust Grilled Squash Pizza with Flax Crust
Spiced Pumpkin, Lentil and Goat Cheese Salad Spiced Pumpkin, Lentil and Goat Cheese Salad
Tortellini Soup with Cannellini Beans and Spinach Tortellini Soup with Cannellini Beans and Spinach
Spaghetti Squash with Jalapeno Cream Spaghetti Squash with Jalapeño Cream – this is really more of a side dish, but it’s so good I can make a meal off of it
Moroccan Vegetable Stew Moroccan Vegetable Stew
Quinoa and Lentil Chili Quinoa and Lentil Chili

Quick reminder: Those of us involved with Virtual Potluck are working to make ourselves healthier in 2012, but we aren’t focusing exclusively on losing weight. Once a month, we’ll each be posting what we are doing to improve our health and well-being. Thanks again to Foodhunter’s Guide to Cuisine for coordinating this project.
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2 comments to Build a Better Me, Month 11: Eat More Vegetarian Meals

  • Tanya Phillips

    We have been eating meatless meals for 5 months now, and both hubby and I lost 15 pounds without even trying! A couple of meals that everyone loves is perogies and onions with a couple of veggie sides, like tonight we had them with green beans and mushrooms and brussel sprouts, vegetarian enchiladas with tomatillo sauce, and pesto pasta with roasted tomatoes. :D

  • Good for you! I went mostly vegetarian a year and a half ago. Like you, I’ll never be completely vegetarian, but meat – when I do use it – has become more of a condiment or at least seriously minimized. And there are soooo many great vegetarian dishes out there right now :-) Good luck with it!!

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