At QNET, we pride ourselves in being a vegetarian company, a policy we’ve held since our inception in 1998. This World Vegetarian Day is a perfect excuse to talk veggies – wholesome food, packed with fantastic flavours, that is just pure magic to our taste buds, and for our health!
Top 5 reasons to go for a plant-based diet
1. It’s good for our health (no kidding)
Going vegetarian reduces risk of the No. 1 killer – Heart Disease. It has also been proven to prevent certain type of cancers (such as colorectal cancer, the risk of which is associated with red meat and processed meat consumption).
2. Look and stay younger for longer
Good vegetarian diets help strengthen our immune system and slow down the ageing process because they are rich in fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants.
3. Economically better for all
Veggies, tofu and mushrooms are generally cheaper than meat. Since a plant-based diet is better for our health as well, that means we can prevent diet-related diseases and in turn, spend less on medical costs.
4. Help with world hunger
The more meat we eat, the fewer people we can feed in the world. According to a study conducted by Emily S Cassidy et al, “If all food crops grown globally were fed directly to humans instead of animals, around 70% more food would be added to the world’s supply, which would be enough to feed 4 billion additional people.”
5. Help protect our environment
The system that supports our meat consumption overheats the planet, eats up our land, consumes too much water, causes deforestation, poisons the earth, spoils the ocean, ruins the air and drains the world’s oil supply. All these things cause climate change.
Still not convinced? No worries. Now that we’ve gone through the statistics, it’s time to head over to the kitchen for some goodies.
Top 5 picks for homemade, quick, easy, and super tasty veggie dishes
1. Brown Butter Sweet Potato Alfredo
The name already has such a nice ring to it, doesn’t it? This dish takes the best out of creamy pasta and replaces the alfredo sauce with one more flavourful and nutritious: sweet, sweet potato purée with a nutty touch from the brown butter.
2. Baked Parmesan Zucchini Sticks
Too easy, and too tasty to ignore. Not only that, the health benefits from eating this summer squash give yet another reason why it should be a regular part of your diet!
3. Sweet Potato & Black Bean Burrito Bowl
Right about now you might be thinking, “Wow, they sure have a thing for sweet potato.” You’d be correct. Instead of sweet potato, butternut squash also works great. This dish is magic in a bowl. Easy to prep, healthy, filling, and divine.
4. Gobi Manchurian (Cauliflower!)
You wouldn’t have thought it, but cauliflower is a neat replacement for meat. And yes, we know it’s deep-fried cauliflower, but covered in sauce, served with your choice of rice. De. Licious. Toss in some bell pepper to make it even more of a party!
5. Mushroom & Spinach Risotto
We’ve all heard how difficult it is to get risotto just right. But, when cooked in one pot with the other ingredients, you’ve got yourself a dish for satisfaction. Give it a try and make yourself this tasty little meal. You’ll be wishing would never run out!
Now then… who’s hungry for a vegetarian fiesta this World Vegetarian Day? We sure are!
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