Many people opt for a vegan diet to maintain a healthy lifestyle and reduce their carbon footprint. However, it can be difficult to get some of the most necessary vitamins and minerals to keep your body running smoothly, including protein, amino acids, and B vitamins. Thankfully, there are some amazingly delicious meat substitutes that will give you the nutrients you need, yet would otherwise not get, available from Cucina & Amore. Not only do these products carry protein, B vitamins, and amino acids, they are also packed with other beneficial nutrients like potassium, fiber, and iron. If you are thinking of making the switch to a vegan lifestyle, try the recipes below and use Cucina & Amore products to ensure you get the freshest, tastiest vegan meals imaginable.
One of the hardest nutrients to replace with a vegan diet are amino acids, which can be found in grass-fed beef or seafood. However, quinoa is an excellent source of, not only the amino acids our body needs to function, but also numerous B vitamins and protein. This makes it an excellent source of vegan protein, especially since it is also packed with fiber, which helps keep you feeling fuller longer. Because of its neutral, yet nutty, flavor profile, quinoa is a versatile addition to any meal.
Cucina & Amore Quinoa Meals are delicious on their own as a ready-to-eat, on-the-go meal. These meals come in 3 vegan-friendly options: Artichoke & Roasted Peppers, Mango & Jalapeno, and Spicy Jalapeño & Roasted Pepper. You can also use them as a side dish with your favorite grilled Portobello mushroom cap recipe. You can enhance the flavors of these fresh meals by adding steamed zucchini, dried cranberries, or a squeeze of lemon or freshly chopped basil. Regardless of how you eat these meals, you will get the vegan protein you need and the flavor you desire.
For every 120 grams of artichokes, you get 3.5 grams of protein. This makes this thistle a must-add to vegan diets. Not only are you getting a solid serving of protein, you also get healthy amounts of fiber and potassium with each meal. Fiber helps to maintain your digestive system while potassium helps to maintain your electrolyte balance, keeping you hydrated and ensuring your kidneys function properly. Artichokes are a rich and hearty addition to salads, pastas, or pizzas. So next time you are in the kitchen, try incorporating one of Cucina & Amore’s healthy and delicious artichokes in your next meal.
A very straightforward and delicious side dish that incorporates artichokes is Taste of Home’s Roasted Potatoes and Artichokes recipe. Use Cucina & Amore Whole or Quartered Artichokes so that you have a clean, fresh artichoke flavor that you can use. Develop your dish by adding fragrant rosemary or nutritional yeast for a cheesy, vegan protein bite. You can even make a delicious bruschetta appetizer with Cucina & Amore Artichoke Bruschetta, or dice Cucina & Amore Marinated Artichokes with roasted tomatoes for a deeper, smokier bruschetta.
Farro is one of the most underrated and lesser known ancient grains available in the market. However, thanks to its health benefits, it is starting to gain traction in fine dining and upscale restaurants. Packed with fiber, protein, and nutrients like magnesium and iron, farro is an excellent source of vegan protein. Thanks to the high protein, farro is helpful in retaining muscle mass after exercise. Because it is high in fiber, farro will help keep you feeling fuller longer, making it easier to manage your weight. Studies also show that a high-fiber diet may help to lower the risk of heart disease, diabetes, and may help improve healthy bacteria levels in your stomach.
Farro is also a good source of antioxidants which studies show may help improve protection against many diseases like diabetes, stroke, and some cancers. Containing polyphenols, carotenoids, and selenium, these antioxidants may also help prevent heart disease, osteoporosis, and neurodegenerative diseases. Next time your recipe calls for a grain, choose Cucina & Amore Farro to create an unforgettable healthy vegan protein dish.
Garlic and mushrooms are one of the best flavor combinations on earth, and you can capture this warm, humble combination with this No-Fuss Garlicky Farro with Sautéed Mushrooms from Blissful Basil. Thanks to the nuttiness of the farro and the comfort of mushrooms and garlic, you will find yourself making this recipe again and again. You can eat it as a main course or use it as a side, accompanying roasted sweet potatoes or grilled eggplant.
Lentils are packed with protein and a host of other nutrients, including fiber, iron, potassium, and vitamins B6 and B12. This makes them a wonderfully rich and healthy alternative to meat and a delicious way to get that much-needed protein otherwise absent in vegan meals. The brown and green varieties hold their shape well after cooking, which makes them the best option to use in bean salads.
Because they are high in soluble fiber, lentils may help to reduce blood cholesterol levels which may help lower your risk of heart disease and stroke by keeping your arteries free from plaque. Since lentils contain magnesium, they may help improve blood flow, advancing the health of your heart. It may also help stabilize blood sugar levels which means it is a wonderful vegan protein option for those with diabetes or hypoglycemia.
You can use Cucina & Amore Lentils in place of cannelloni beans from this recipe from The Splendid Table. You can even up the ante by using Cucina & Amore Black Olive Bruschetta in place of Kalamata or Gaeta olives. This perfect summer dish will make you forget about meat and choose healthy lentils instead.