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How To Eat More Protein

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how to eat more protein

As a vegetarian, I’m always looking out for how to eat more protein.  We’ve just recently found a really simple way to up our protein intake.  I’m not sure how we hadn’t realised sooner, to be honest. As such, I thought I’d share in case anyone else has been in the dark about this cheap and easy healthy food swap.

How to Eat More Protein

Are you a pasta fiend?  I am.  I eat pasta at least twice a week, and I’d probably eat it every day of the week if I could get away with it!  In a nod towards healthy eating, I’ve been eating wholewheat pasta for nearly two decades because it’s slightly better for you than white pasta.

It turns out there is a healthier option to wholewheat pasta that (in my opinion) tastes and looks no different; provides you with a quarter of your recommended daily intake of protein; and is only 15p a bag more.

Behold: wholewheat spelt pasta!

To Compare

200g of wholegrain fusilli pasta from Sainsbury’s contains 8.4g of protein (17% of an adult’s recommended intake) and costs 85p for a 500g bag.

200g of wholewheat spelt fusilli pasta, also from Sainsbury’s, contains 12.3g of protein (25% of an adult’s recommended intake of protein), and costs £1 for a 500g bag.

That’s 8% more protein for one simple food swap that has little discernible difference to wholewheat pasta.

Other Protein Sources

Of course, I’m not suggesting for a second that you eat pasta for every meal.  For vegetarians and vegans good sources of protein include quinoa, lentils, chickpeas, beans, nuts, spinach, artichoke, peas, tofu and more.  Aim for a good balance of foods and you’ll easily hit your protein quota.  Which, for your information, is on average 55g a day for men, and 45g a day for women.

Do you have any tips on how to eat more protein?

And if you’re vegetarian, here are 25 protein packed vegan and vegetarian slow cooker recipes.

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Food & Drink, Kitchen Staples

10 Spinach Recipes To Try – Vegetarian & Vegan

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I’ve got 10 spinach recipes for you to try today that are vegetarian and vegan friendly.  

I’m in a bit of a spinach kick at the moment. And as spinach is pretty much in season all year round in the UK it’s a great sustainable ingredient to have in your kitchen, whether it’s fresh or frozen.

10 Vegan and Vegetarian Spinach Recipes

There’s so much good stuff here, what vegetarian or vegan spinach recipe will you try first?

One-Pot Spaghetti

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One of my absolute favourite things to make with spinach is Anna Jones’ one pot spaghetti.  The recipe says to use kale but I make it with spinach (and often throw in a big handful of basil) and it is delicious.  If I had to eat this spaghetti every day for a year I’d be quite happy!  Omit the hard cheese and it’s vegan too.

Spanish Chickpea and Spinach Stew

vegan spinach recipe

This Spanish chickpea and spinach stew from Lazy Cat Kitchen is vegan and gluten-free friendly, and is definitely on my list of things to cook.

Spinach and White Bean Soup

spinach soup recipe

This spinach and white bean soup sounds like a deliciously comforting bowl of soup.  Vegan friendly too, it’s ready in only 30 minutes.

Spinach and Quinoa Patties

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Green Kitchen Stories never let me down.  I’ve got two of their cookbooks and everything I’ve made from the books have been 100% delicious.  Another great spinach recipe, these spinach and quinoa patties will be my next Green Kitchen Stories make, I reckon.

Spinach and Artichoke Galette

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I’m not 100% confident in the kitchen and the idea of pastry does intimidate me a little, but gosh, this spinach and artichoke galette looks pretty darned good.  We’ve got artichokes growing in our allotment (if the pesky slugs don’t get there first) so this might be something to make when it comes to artichoke harvest time.

Spinach, Beetroot and Quinoa Salad

spinach salad idea

Whenever the weather warms up I always crave salad.  This spinach, beetroot, and quinoa salad looks divine.

Pear, Ginger and Spinach Smoothie

spinach smoothie recipe

I haven’t really jumped on the whole smoothie/juicing bandwagon that’s been going on for a good few years now, and I’m not too sure how I feel about spinach served in a drink.  I would be willing to give this pear, ginger, and spinach smoothie a go though, for a different take on a spinach recipe.

Three Cheese Spinach Pizza

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If pizza is more your thing then swap the Parmesan cheese for a vegetarian hard cheese and get making this three cheese spinach pizza!

Carmelised Onion, Spinach and Avocado Quesadillas

vegetarian spinach quesadillas

Or maybe these carmelised onion, spinach, and avocado quesadillas are more your thing?

Baked Eggs

baked egg spinach recipes

Finally, if you’re in the mood to brunch then try these baked eggs with mushrooms, potatoes, spinach and Gruyere cheese.  It’s made using only one pan which is always the best kind of recipe. Less washing up to do!

What will you be trying out first?  And what are your favourite spinach recipes?  Do share in the comments below!

And looking for more vegan and vegetarian recipe ideas? Do check out my 25 vegetarian and vegan slow cooker recipe ideas.