Who needs meat?

Get your Body to Make its own Protein!

I was chatting with the neighbor the other day and she was wanting to start this new vegetarian diet, but was having difficulty getting the right proteins in her new diet. Was she surprised when I told her the human body can actually synthesize its own protein.

Proteins are synthesized by your body with amino acids to inform those of you previously unaware of this fact. There are about 20 amino acids in the body and 7 to 10 of them are essential for protein synthesis. Most, if not all, of these necessities can be found in meat.

Most meat comes with cholesterol and fats that can be unwanted in certain diets, vegetarian being one of them. The solution to this is replacing the meat portion of meals with a variety of beans and grains. This blend provides the body with all the amino acids essential in producing proteins without filling the body with unwanted excess that meat brings along.

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We decided to do a bit of research and came up with a fun meal for her to try. We made it together and it was quite tasty. As you know we eat a lot of vegetables on the homestead but we are not vegetarian, but I must say I really liked this meal. We tried a variety of dishes that followed this new dietary restraint and I like the chili recipe below. For the meal, however, we started with a bean and rice soup and then had a yummy variation of lasagna for the main course.

Dietary needs for protein can be met with a simple blend of beans and grains. Here are the three recipes I mentioned above:

Veggie Chili

  • 2 cups of cooked red beans (or a different kind if you have another preference)
  • mix with previously cooked vegetables (greens beans, carrots, garlic, celery, etc.)
  • add tomato sauce and season it with sage and chili powder (or substitute with other spices)

Simmer ingredients in a large pot for 30 mins. Then serve with grains such as noodles or corn bread.

Bean and Rice Soup

  • 1 Quart of whole milk
  • 2 cups of mashed beans (even better if there your favorite kind)
  • ¾ cup of cooked brown rice
  • minced onions and other seasonings you enjoy

Blend them all together and let them simmer for 30 minutes. Sprinkle on some cheese and it’s ready to serve.

Lasagna

  • 9×13 baking dish
  • layer bottom with lasagna noodles
  • next layer mashed beans, tomato sauce, grated cheese, tomatoes, seasonings (Thyme and Oregano work well)
  • Repeat this layering process 2-3 times (or more if you’d like)
  • Top it off a layer of bread crumbs

Cover completely with tinfoil and bake in an oven for approximately 25 min. at 350 degrees.

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