Cut out carbs, cut out fat, rid your veins of sugar, go Paleo – there’s no shortage of theories on how best to trim down.
This week’s weight-loss hero is the vegetable. According to new research, people who follow vegetarian diets are twice as effective at losing weight than those who just count calories.
If you would like to enlist the apparent fat-busting powers of the humble vegetable, below are seven meat-free dishes to get you started:
Lentil Croquettes With Broccoli Tabouleh
These are a nice take on the classic cheesy, potato bombs, with lentils and kumara in their place.With a salad, which includes super-food broccoli, you won’t even think about the fact you’re cutting back on animal flesh.
Mushroom & Spinach Carbonara
Carbonara, minus the eggs and pancetta, doesn’t necesarrily mean you’re in for something ghastly.
Mushrooms and spinach, with some parmesan, provides that savoury hit you need, while no one gets bored with a good plate of pasta.
These tasty vegetarian dumplings go superbly with a slaw of sprouts, cabbage and baked pita. They’ll give you all the richness of meaty meatballs, but the virtue of vegetarianism.
Vietnamese Vege Rolls
What’s lunch without ham in your sandwich? The possibilities are endless, with plenty of recipes to tide you over for months.
Vietnamese vege rolls are a great place to start, but pastas and salads are just as good. Zap a warm chickpea salad in the microwave, or make a week’s worth of vegan macaroni ‘cheese’.
Mushroom & Black Bean Quesadillas With Tomato & Avocado Salsa
Treat the quesadilla like a toasted sandwich by assembling them before work, if you’ve got a panini press hanging around, or just reheat them in the microwave.
Seeing as it’s winter, and avocados are super-expensive, just opt for a regular salsa if you like.