Break Free from the “same Old, Same Old”
Tired of the same food day in and day out? Looking to try something new? The traditional Western diet has a narrow scope when it comes to food variety. There are many other choices out there that make for exciting meals, sides, and snacks.
For when you want a grain but have had way too much rice recently, give quinoa a try. Quinoa dates back to Incan times and is packed full of helpful nutrients. In addition to being gluten-free, quinoa contains all the essential amino acids, making it a complete plant protein. It is also high in fiber and complex carbohydrates. But the best thing about quinoa is that it’s a healthy food that tastes great! This grain is versatile and can be used in cold salads, hot meals, or eaten as a side dish. Quinoa also makes an appearance in many regional and ethnic recipes.
Vegetable nori rolls
Nori is often used in sushi, but if you hate sushi or don’t eat fish, you can still enjoy it. Nori, which are sheets of toasted seaweed, can be used to make rolls or wraps filled with rice and vegetables rather than fish. These little rolls are often served with some kind of dipping sauce and make a great appetizer or light lunch.
There are no rules as to what can be put in a vegetable nori roll, but some popular choices are chopped or pickled ginger, shredded cabbage, bits of carrot, asparagus, or sprouts along with sushi rice or another long-grain white rice.
Though most Western versions are made with ground beef and beans, chili is actually quite a versatile dish. Vegetarians and vegans have been re-inventing chili with a variety of vegetables, beans, and meat substitutes for years. With a little creativity, chili can go from a greasy, heartburn-inducing nightmare to a healthy, filling dinner.
Hardcore omnivores might want to start with a recipe that uses vegetarian burger crumbles or textured vegetable protein, as these provide a “meaty” texture. Mixtures of beans are also very hearty. But if you’re feeling adventurous, you may wish to try a regional chili recipe with less traditional ingredients. Some vegetarian and vegan cookbooks even offer varieties with a little bit of sweetness from fruit, or “jerk-spiced” chili with a Jamaican flair.
Mixing up your daily or weekly food routine gives you a chance to try new flavor combinations that you may not have considered before. Making a chance from the “same old, same old” can also be healthy, as it broadens the scope of ingredients used and may introduce foods you haven’t yet tried. So the next time meatloaf is staring you in the face, why not aim for something more exciting?