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10 Amazing And Delicious Vegetables Recipes (Yes! Meat-Free!)

10 Amazing And Delicious Vegetables Recipes (Yes! Meat-Free!)

I’m the first to admit it. I am a carnivore and (as Katy Perry said), I like it.

Growing up, no meal would be complete without some form of protein- whether that be a grilled steak with a potato medley or tuna fish mixed through pasta- the animal protein was always present.

I still remember the first time my friends recommended us to try a local Melbourne restaurant called ‘Veggie Bar.’ The name in itself was off putting, but after being recited half the menu, I was already planning a post meal McDonalds run.

After ordering my curried chickpea and spinach burger with a side of cajun wedges, I was already thinking up ways to convince myself the tofu was chicken. After taking my first bite….I was shocked! Positively shocked! This full fledged meat eater was enjoying this completely meat free meal. However, I had a reputation to uphold and told my dining companions it was merely ‘okay.’

I went back again the next week.

I did NOT go with the same friends. As I said- I had a (dietary) reputation to uphold.

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Here are 10 recipes which I’d easily consider dinner for a meat free option….or when there is a meat strike in the supermarket.

1. Crispy Buffalo Style Quinoa Sliders via How Sweet Eats

I almost hang my head in shame to admit….I may consider giving up my weekly beef burger habit for these epic looking sliders.

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    2. Crispy Quinoa Cakes via Oh She Glows

    A sneaky and delicious way to get youngsters to score a serving of vegetables, is hidden in these Crispy Quinoa Cakes. Perfect for Vegans and those who can’t eat nuts!

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      3. Baked Felafel Lettuce Wraps via Back To Her Roots

      Full of fiber and full of flavor, these Baked Felafel Lettuce Wraps would fit in all your necessary veggie servings in this meal alone, and not to mention would give PF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps a run for their money!

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        4. Roasted Vegetable Lasagna Stack for one via Back To Her Roots

        I love single serving recipes and this lasagna looks so delicious, I could actually eat it from my screen…but I’d bump my head and that’s not cool.

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          5. The Greek Quiche via Clean Eats Fast Feets

          The combination of olives, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes and feta cheese makes this dish the ideal option to serve for breakfast or brunch, and perfect for leftovers. Even Zeus would want a slice of this.

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            6. Zucchini Salad with Parmesan and Basil via Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen

            While you may be entering Autumn/Fall, keep your meals out of season with this delicious Summer inspired salad. The combination of parmesan and basil already makes it a winner in my book!

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              7. Detox Quinoa Salad via Kiss My Broccoli

              The only detox I’d foresee coming would be from over consumption of this salad- chock full of chickpeas, pomegranate and quinoa. I’d gladly overdose on this.

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                8. Peach Raspberry and Basil Flatbread via Kiss My Broccoli

                I am already counting down the days until the next brunch I’m hosting…purely to whip up this bizarre yet genius flatbread!

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                  9. Eggplant Meatballs via Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

                  Who would have ever thought eggplant and meat could be married into perfection in circular form? I didn’t…until now. This would be the perfect way to convert even the biggest carnivores out there.

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                    10. Vegan Portobello Pizzas via Minimalist Baker

                    I pride myself on not being discriminative… to pizza. This vegetable filled twist using portobello mushrooms as their base should be awarded an Academy award…. of food. A chef’s hat? A star rating? A faceplant by me? Yes.

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                      So before you proclaim to be a vegetable fiend or only consider meals to be ones with animals- give one of these recipes a go. They will convert you.

                      Well, that might be pushing it. But it will keep you deliciously satisfied until your forthcoming steak.

                      Featured photo credit: Arman Liew from thebigmansworld.com via media.lifehack.org

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                      Last Updated on November 11, 2019

                      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                      How to Improve Memory and Boost Your Brainpower

                      Have you ever noticed that some people are able to effortlessly remember even the most mundane details and quickly comprehend new things? Well, you can too!

                      To unlock the full potential of your brain, you need to keep it active and acute. Wasting time on your couch watching mindless television shows or scrolling through facebook is not going to help.

                      Besides getting out flashcards, what can you do to help remember things better and learn new things more quickly? Check out these 10 effective ways on how to improve memory:

                      1. Exercise and Get Your Body Moving

                      Exercising doesn’t just exercise the body, it also helps to exercise your brain. Obesity and the myriad of diseases that eventually set in as a result of being overweight can cause serious harm to the brain.

                      Furthermore, without regular exercise, plaque starts to build up in your arteries, and your blood vessels begin to lose the ability to effectively pump blood. Plaque buildup leads to heart attacks and it also reduces the amount of oxygen and nutrients that your blood carries to your brain. When the nutrients don’t make it there, the brain’s ability to function is compromised.

                      To prevent this from happening, make sure you get moving every day. Even if it’s just a brisk walk, it’ll help you maintain and increase your mental acuity. Brisk walking, swimming and dancing are all excellent activities. Take a look at these 5 Ways to Find Time for Exercise.

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                      2. Eliminate Stressors and Seek Help If You’re Depressed

                      Anything that causes you major stress, like anger or anxiety, will in time begin to eat away the parts of your brain that are responsible for memory. Amongst the most brain-damaging stressors is depression, which is actually often misdiagnosed a a memory problem since one of its primary symptoms is the inability to concentrate.

                      If you can’t concentrate, then you might feel like you are constantly forgetting things. Depression increases the levels of cortisol in your bloodstream which elevates the cortisol levels in the brain. Doctors have found that increased cortisol diminishes certain areas of the brain, especially the hippocampus which is where short-term memories are stored.

                      Prolonged depression can thus destroy your brain’s ability to remember anything new. Seek professional help to combat your depression – your brain will thank you.

                      3. Get a Good Night’s Sleep and Take Naps

                      Getting a consistent 7 to 8 hours of sleep each night will increase your memory. During sleep, the brain firms up memories of recently acquired information.

                      Getting enough sleep will help you get through the full spectrum of nocturnal cycles that are essential to optimal brain and body functioning during the waking hours. Taking a nap throughout the day, especially after learning something new, can also help you to retain those memories as well as recharge your brain and keep it sharper longer.

                      4. Feed Your Brain

                      Fifty to sixty percent of the brain’s overall weight is pure fat, which is used to insulate its billions of nerve cells. The better insulated a cell is, the faster it can send messages and the quicker you will be thinking.

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                      This is precisely why parents are advised to feed their young children whole milk and to restrict dieting – their brains’ need fat to grow and work properly. Skimping on fats can be devastating even to the adult brain.

                      Thus, eating foods that contain a healthy mix of fats is vital for long-term memory. Some excellent food choices include fish (especially anchovies, mackerel and wild salmon) and dark leafy green vegetables. Here’re more brain food choices: 12 Foods that Can Improve Your Brain Power

                      Deep-fried foods obviously contain fat but their lack of nutritional value is not going to help your brain or your body, so think healthy foods and fats.

                      5. Eat Breakfast and Make Sure It Includes an Egg

                      According to Larry McCleary, M.D., author of  The Brain Trust Program, an egg is the ideal breakfast. Eggs contain B vitamins which help nerve cells to burn glucose, antioxidants that protect neurons against damage; and omega-3 fatty acids that keep nerve cells firing at optimal speed.

                      Other foods to add to your breakfast include fruits, veggies and lean proteins. Avoid trans fats and high fructose corn syrup. Trans fats diminish the brain cells’ ability to communicate with each other and HFCS can actually shrink the brain by damaging cells.

                      Having a healthy breakfast in the morning has been shown to improve performance throughout the day. If you’re too busy to have a healthy breakfast, this maybe just right for you: 33 Quick And Healthy Breakfasts For Busy Mornings

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                      6. Write it Down

                      If there’s something you want to remember, writing it down can help.

                      It may sound like a no-brainer, but do you really know why? Writing it down creates oxygenated blood flow to areas of your brain that a responsible for your memories and literally exercises those parts of it. Here’s How Writing Things Down Can Change Your Life.

                      You can start a journal, write yourself emails or even start keeping a blog – all of these activities will help to improve your capacity to remember and memorize information.

                      7. Listen to Music

                      Research shows that certain types of music are very helpful in recalling memories. Information that is learned while listening to a particular song or collection can often be recalled by thinking of the song or “playing” it mentally. Songs and music can serve as cues for pulling up particular memories.

                      8. Visual Concepts

                      In order to remember things, many people need to visualize the information they are studying.

                      Pay attention to photographers, charts and other graphics that might appear in your textbook; or if you’re not studying a book, try to pull up a mental image of what it is you are trying to remember. It might also help to draw your own charts or figures, or utilize colors and highlighters to group related ideas in your notes.

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                      Here, you can learn How to Become a Person Who Can Visualize Results.

                      9. Teach Someone Else

                      Reading material out loud has been shown to significantly improve memory of the material. Expanding further upon this idea is the fact that psychologists and educators have found that by having students teach new concepts to others, it helps to enhance understanding and recall.

                      Teach new concepts and information to a friend or study partner, and you’ll find you remember the information a lot better.

                      10. Do Crossword Puzzles, Read or Play Cards

                      Studies have shown that doing crossword puzzles, read or play cards on a daily basis not only keep your brain active but also help to delay memory loss, especially in those who develop dementia.

                      So pick up the daily newspaper and work on that crossword puzzle, read a book or enjoy a game of solitaire.

                      Pick one to two of these tips first and start applying them to your everyday life. Very soon you’ll find yourself having better memories and a clearer head!

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