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Vegetarianism

Vegetarianism

Vegetarianism for Every Taste

These days, there are many types of plant-based diets, with vegetarian, vegan, and flexitarian being the most popular.

Vegetarian excludes all animal products, but includes milk and eggs, and some vegetarians also include crustaceans and fish on occasion.

Vegan or strict vegetarianism excludes all animal-derived products, so no meat, milk, eggs, or honey.

Veganism is also a lifestyle. In addition to no longer eating animal derived food products, vegans refrain from buying or using any animal-derived product such as fur, leather, or wool.

Flexitarian or semi-vegetarian does not completely exclude meat, but only includes it in small quantities.

Protein in all its shapes and sizes

Protein is essential for a healthy body as it serves to shape muscles, oxygenate cells, strengthen nails and hair, and provide energy.

Protein can be found in varying proportions in several foods and is a big part of the plant-based world. There's protein in whole grains, nuts, and legumes including soy and peanuts (yes, even though they have the same nutritional profile as nuts, peanuts are legumes!). Eggs and dairy products are also important sources of protein.

There's even a whole line of "fake" animal-derived products including fauxmage (vegan cheeses) and veggie meats, which imitate ground meat or deli meat.

All these products are precious allies if you want to switch to a more plant-based diet!

Soy

There are many ways to enjoy soy. It comes as tofu, tempeh, roasted soybeans, or edamames.

Tofu

Tofu is made from soybeans and has a very neutral flavour so it’s best to marinate it to give it the taste you want. You can also find seasoned, smoked, or hot tofu that doesn’t need to be marinated on grocery store shelves!

Tofu comes in various textures: extra-firm, firm, semi-firm or soft (silken). Extra-firm, firm, or semi-firm tofu is used for salty dishes, while soft tofu is used for desserts or smoothies. 

Tempeh

Tempeh is made from fermented soy and contains protein, fibre, and iron. Its flavour and texture sometimes require a bit more work, so it's usually sold already seasoned. It tastes best in a stir-fry, sandwich, or salad.

Edamames

Edamames are bright green soybeans that are still unripe. They're loaded with fibre and protein, and often have a bit of a crunch!

Edamames are eaten cooked. Simply add frozen to boiling water and cook for 5 minutes. Once cooked, you can eat them plain or even in a salad or your favourite poke bowl recipe.

The "fakes"

Nowadays, there are more and more products out there offering an alternative to meat or cheese.

Since vegans eat nothing derived from animals, period, cheese is excluded from their diets as well. Some fauxmages are made from nuts or coconuts and then flavoured with spices. These veggie cheeses generally contain nutritional yeast to give them a little cheesy taste. They can be prepared like cheese.

Veggie meats are also a nice alternative to ground meats, deli meats, and sausages. Since they’re often made from soy or wheat protein (gluten), vegetarians can enjoy veggie hot dogs or top their pizzas with fake pepperoni.

Is becoming vegetarian complicated? Heck no!

It's rather common to believe that becoming a vegetarian is complicated and difficult, but that's not the case at all! It's in fact possible to prepare a few meatless meals each week without much fuss!

You simply need to adapt your favourite classics in the easiest and quickest way possible. For example, make your shepherd's pie with a veggie meat and lentils, prepare your pasta dish with nuts, or top your pizza with several cheese varieties! It's easy and delicious, too!

And you probably eat vegetarian more often than you think! A yummy sandwich filled with fresh tomatoes, lettuce and mayo, a comforting onion soup, or a classic macaroni and cheese…these are all vegetarian dishes!

Whether it's for ethical or environmental reasons, or in an effort to take better care of our health, adding a few vegetarian meals to your menu each week is definitely good for you!

We're putting you to the challenge. Try to prepare even just one vegetarian meal here and there. You'll be pleasantly surprised to note that your plate will be full of flavour, textures, and colours!