Once a week, we try to incorporate a vegetarian dish into our meal plan. Our goal is it have two vegetarian meals a week. We are trying to reduce our meat consumption for more balanced meals.
Here are some of the benefits for increasing meat free meals in your diet:
- Save money. Meat adds to your grocery bill.
- A diet high in red and processed meat can increase your risk of colorectal cancer.
- Vegetarian diets can help with weight loss and weight management.
In addition, a vegetarian diet is said to make your skin glow (due to the increase in vegetables with antioxidants), make you happier and more energetic.
That list of benefits has helped us stay motivated to try to find new vegetarian meals.
This week we tried a chickpea curry dish. Since we are new parents, quick dishes are what we look for so that we spend as much time as possible with our baby. The hardy chickpeas in this dish help fill you up and feel full. The chickpeas provide a lot of protein so it is a natural substitute for most vegetarian meals.
This dinner consisted of the following ingredients:
- 1 can of chickpeas
- 1 small can of coconut milk
- 4 tbsp. of mild or hot curry paste
- 1 cup of baby potatoes (cut in half)
- 1 bell pepper (diced to med pieces)
- 2 tomatoes (cut into slices)
- 2 onions (diced)
- 2 stacks of green onions chopped to approx. ¼ cup for garnish
- 1 small bunch of cilantro (about ¼ cup) for garnish
- ¾ cup of green beans
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Pre-heat oven to 350F
- In a heated pot with a tablespoon of olive oil throw in the onions and sauté for 4 minutes
- Drizzle potatoes with olive oil and place in a roasting pan cook for 35 minutes
- Toss in the diced peppers and tomatoes into pot with onions and cook for 2 minutes
- Toss in the curry paste and stir for 1 minute
- Add green beans and combine
- Pour in the coconut milk and stir to combine all ingredients
- Simmer for 30 to 40 minutes
- Serve with rice and potatoes and garnish with cilantro and green onions