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Myth-Busting the Plant-Based Diet [Video]

Our registered dietitian nutritionist, Sandy Wolner, started a personal plant-based eating journey with excitement and some reservations due to the misconceptions she’d heard about this diet. She worried about missing her favorite meat dishes, feeling full, and get bored with eating nothing but salads.

Sandy quickly discovered that many of her concerns were unfounded. All plant-based eating means is making plants (like fruits, veggies, whole grains, nuts, seeds, and beans and other legumes) the focus of your meals, with the option to eat small amounts of meat and dairy if you want them.

In this episode of “In the Kitchen With Pampered Chef,” Sandy shares three easy recipes that help debunk some myths about plant-based eating and will show you how to try more veg-centric meals at home.

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Featured Recipes

Mushroom Rigatoni Bolognese

This pasta dish uses soy sauce, cooked tomatoes, parmesan, and finely diced mushrooms to give you that savory, meaty flavor known as umami.

Quick Cooker Red Lentil & Spinach Soup

Lentil soup is Sandy’s go-to meal when she wants something hearty and healthy. Lentils are high in fiber and water, which help you feel full and satisfied.

Cauliflower Curry

Eating plant-based meals doesn’t just mean eating more salad. Add variety with this simple cauliflower and cashew curry. Make it with spices you probably already have in your pantry.

Sandy's Food Tips

  • Eating a variety of foods such as veggies, fruits, nuts, seeds, legumes, pasta, rice, and grains gives you all the nutrients your body needs.
  • Tomatoes, asparagus, cooked celery, onions, soybeans, mushrooms, soy sauce, parmesan cheese, and even fermented foods like kimchi and sauerkraut give you the satisfying umami flavor.
  • Adding different spices to meals and trying ethnic dishes is a great way to boost flavor and spice-up your plant-based eating routine.
  • Spices add vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, to your meals, too.
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