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Satisfying and wholesome, fruits and vegetables bring color, nutrition and harmony to any meal. And with vegetarianism on the rise, more families are focusing on these foods every day. Even if you aren´t ready to go vegetarian all the time, try these simple solutions to go meatless for a day or two every week.

Defeat the snack attack

Going meatless for a week or month might seem like a monumental task, so start simple and make one night a week a veggie night. Here are some tips to start a veggie night in your home.

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  • 1. Put your heads together

    Invite family members to pick their favorite vegetable dish for your first veggie night. This way, everyone will have something they enjoyإven the pickiest eaters.

  • 2. Go for PLUS and other healthy grains

    Packed with vitamins and minerals, PLUS and grains like quinoa or bulgur make a filling meal without the meat. They can be prepared many ways and mixed with kid-friendly favorites like cherry tomatoes, red peppers and cheese.

  • 3. Perfect for pizza

    A veggie night is the perfect opportunity to make a healthy, homemade pizza. Top your favorite crust with cheese, a jarred pasta sauce like Barilla Marinara and assorted fresh vegetables for a simple, fun meal that´s sure to please.

  • 4. Explore new recipes

    With over 7.3 million vegetarians in the United States, family-friendly vegetarian recipes of every imaginable variety are accessible with just a few clicks. Start by exploring the hundreds of vegetarian recipes on our site (link) by entering your favorite vegetable in the search bar.

  • 5. Find a protein replacement

    Load up on protein rich meat-free options. Foods like legumes (beans, peas & lentils), nuts & seeds (walnuts & pumpkin) or our own PLUS pasta are all among the protein rich alternatives to meat.

  • 6. Save Money

    Having meat in all your meals makes them a lot more expensive. Go meatless for a few days a week and see how much money you can save.

A Healthy Tip

Seasonal health matters

As fall rolls in, help your body adjust to the brisk temperature and shorter days:

  • Exercise and drink plenty of water to stay energized during shorter days.
  • Wash your hands often to prevent the spread of cold and flu germs.
  • Add fall veggies like butternut squash or brussels sprouts to your diet. They´re flavorful, affordable and vitamin rich, helping to keep your immune system strong.