The movement isn’t veganism or vegetarianism, but about “eating mainly plant-based foods.” Depending on the person, it might stem from a desire to eat more healthfully or to reduce the carbon footprint associated with their everyday diet. That means that people with self-described “plant-based” diets will occasionally eat dairy, meat or fish—no food is on the “banned” list.
The movement towards eating more legumes and plants has extended into arenas previously thought unthinkable. The Impossible Whopper—a meatless burger—is making a cameo at Burger King. “Plant-based” dominates pop culture to the extent that James Cameron, Jackie Chan and Arnold Schwarzenegger co-produced a Netflix movie, The Game Changers, demonizing meat dependence among athletes. Even famed cookbook authors like Melissa Clark are publicly trumpeting their reduction in how much meat and dairy they eat.
Whether you identify with a this plant-based way of eating or not, incorporating more whole, plant-based foods into your routine is nearly always a good move. Whether you’re interested in reducing your carbon footprint by limiting red meat and dairy in your diet, you want to do more for animal welfare, or you’re interested in the potential health benefits of plant-based eating, here are five of our favorite recipes to get you started—deliciously.
Chef Yotam Ottolenghi is the genius mind behind this simple dish: slow-cooked spiced chickpeas on toast with eggs.
As is true of mushrooms, eggplants have a definite meaty quality when cooked, ideal for those reducing their meat intake. This simple recipe of feta-and-bulgur-stuffed baby eggplants is a winner.
A key to not missing meat is employing favorite meat preparations, but using vegetables instead. These crispy-creamy fried avocado tacos are best in show.
Grilled falafel burgers with a salad of tomatoes, onion and lettuce and a drizzled tahini sauce showcase just how “meaty” legumes can be. Chickpeas get their moment to shine in this recipe.
What’s “beefier” and more satisfying than a bean-packed chili? Not a lot, friends, not a lot. Get the recipe for a chili featuring a trio of excellent legumes—kidney, pinto and chickpea—right this way.