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Less meat, better quality or vegetarian


Less meat, better quality or vegetarian

We are making good resolutions in the new year. We are now two, no, almost three months later and the question is: What have we done with it?
More and more often you hear “less meat, more vegetarian”. Game Changers is currently running on Netflix and that gives you a completely different perspective on eating meat. I think everyone can and may decide what he or she will eat if it fits into a healthier lifestyle. It is clear to most people that we should drink water instead of soft drinks and that we should prefer oily fish, such as herring and salmon, over fried fish. But less meat?
I have been a meat eater for years. Not that I ate a lot of meat, but a good piece of meat is tasty. Now I have been making other choices for a number of years. I get my meat from a butcher and we only eat meat or fish three or four times a week. The other days I eat vegetarian. So am I a vegetarian? No, but it doesn’t make me feel worse.
Vegetarian and vegan
When do we talk about vegetarian or vegan? There is a big difference in the person. A vegetarian does not eat meat, fish or poultry. Yet a vegetarian does eat products of animal origin. Think of dairy, eggs and also sweets or other products that contain something of an animal. A vegan chooses not to eat anything that comes from an animal. They also don’t wear anything that has been from an animal. No leather shoes, no belt and they also do not eat sweets that contain animal substances (such as pork gelatin).
There are also vegetarians who eat fish but no meat or poultry. This person is called a pescotarian.
When you make the choice to become a vegetarian or vegan, you have to take into account that your diet must be changed. A plate with potatoes and cauliflower is not vegetarian. You just leave the meat out. Vegetarian food means that you provide meat substitutes in the form of soy, mushrooms, legumes or nuts. If you do not do this, the body will lack essential nutrients. This can cause physical discomfort. It is therefore advisable to look carefully at which alternative solutions you can eat.
More and more people eat less meat.
All over the world there are more and more people who eat less meat. The meat industry has come under enormous pressure due to meat processing, anti-meat documentaries, the mistreatment of animals and misleading TV advertising. Incidentally, this occurs with more products because the “low fat” claim says nothing about the amount of sugar or salt in a product.
Whatever choice you make, you will find that many foods that we consume every day are of lesser quality. This applies in particular to processed food. That has more additives to keep it longer and it often contains flavor, odor and color substitutes.
To prove that you can serve a tasty vegan meal, I have a good recipe below. Vegan quiche with pulled oat, mushrooms, tomato, salicornia, protein from white beans and a crust of self-rising flour. 

Preparation quiche

– self-rising flour 200 grams
– 120 ml of rice milk
– 25 ml of olive oil
– 7 grams of dry yeast
– 1 tray of pulled oat
– Tomatoes
– Mushrooms
– Herbs
– Samphire
– White Beans in their own moisture
Add everything together and knead the whole to a solid mass (without lumps) and let it rise for 20 minutes (cloth over it or plastic foil).

Cut the mushrooms into small pieces and bake them in a frying pan until done.

Roll the dough all the way to a very thin base. If you do this between two sheets of baking paper, it will not stick.

Grease a quiche dish. Place the thin unrolled bottom in the dish. Push well in the corners. Place it in a 200 degree preheated oven. Without filling. 8 minutes maximum and then out.

In the meantime, make a batter from white bean protein. They are in pots. (You can use the beans for another meal.) Put the mushrooms and tomatoes in with the pulled out. Pour this into the dish and put it back in the oven. Now for 30 minutes. You can test whether it is done with a skewer.
Three minutes before your end, add the salicornia and your meal is ready!

The above is vegan. If you replace the protein of the beans with an egg, then it is vegetarian.

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André Mostard is a sports nutrition coach and has been active in the sports world for more than 30 years. André regularly writes a blog for ODS with practical tips to make you feel good! Sportvoedingscoach André Mostard