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Cook like a VEGETARIAN

This month I’m helping you cook meat-free meals. Vegetarianism is a way of life for many, but it makes sense for all of us to eat less meat – both for the sake of our health and the environment. You may want to start small by committing to a meat-free Monday, but follow my tips and recipes and you’ll find it easier and more enticing to cook the veggie way any day of the week.

GET KITCHEN CLEVER WITH PHIL

EATING A VEGETARIAN DIET is easy these days, with so many products, restaurants, blogs and cookbooks to inspire us. Good news, as Public Health England recently issued the new-look Eatwell Guide and, like its predecessor the Eatwell Plate, it encourages us to make fruit, veg and grains the basis of the majority of our meals. It includes a new and notable encouragement to eat more beans and pulses while reducing our consumption of red and processed meat.

KNOW YOUR NUTRIENTS

One of the main concerns for would-be veggies is that they’ll miss out on nutrients.

But with a little know-how and meal planning, you can easily meet most of your daily needs from plant-based foods alone(omega-3 fats and vitamin B12 are the exceptions – see far right). For example, the average adult needs 50g protein a day, and you can get a quarter of your daily quota just from the milk in your cuppas and on your cereal! Read more on p40.

CHARGRILL VEG

FLAVOUR BOOST

Time to heat up the non-stick griddle pan or fire up the barbie… Chargrilling veg such as peppers, courgettes and spring onions caramelises the natural sugars for a richer flavour.

The grill lines it creates look appetising, too.

Six best-buys for your freezer

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Can you reverse type 2 diabetes through diet? In the June issue of Healthy Food Guide, our experts look at the latest claims by the creator of the 5:2 diet. Also, find out if your medication could be causing your weight gain, and discover the best diet and exercise choices for long-term bone health. Plus, gluten-free baker Phil Vickery shares his failsafe bread recipes and we help you fill up on the latest grain bowl trend.
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