Sharon Palmer, RDN is my guest for today’s show. She is a registered dietitian, cookbook author, and mom of two sons. Her books include The Plant-Powered Diet and Plant-Powered for Life. They are packed with colorful and nutritious recipes and tips for switching from a meat-based diet to one rich in plants. I’m giving away a copy of Plant-Powered for Life, so head to my blog to enter.
The topic for today is one that is of interest to many listeners. I’ve heard your questions about how to “go meatless” more often and how to feed a family when one person wants to eat a vegetarian diet while everyone else wants meat, so that’s what I talked to Sharon about on today’s show. Click the PLAY button above to tune in.
- The differences in terminology: vegan, vegetarian, plant-powered omnivore, etc.
- All the options within the plant world, like grains, legumes, soy, fruits, vegetables, herbs, seeds, chocolate, and coffee!
- The “SAD” (standard American diet), which lacks a wide variety of plants.
- The health benefits of a plant-based diet: reduced risk of chronic disease, a healthier body weight, and reduced carbon footprint.
- In Sharon’s 2nd book, a 52-week plan that makes plant-based eating easy and simple.
- Simple steps to implement more plant power: more whole grains, nuts, and seeds.
- What to do if the whole family doesn’t embrace plant-based eating:
- Try “meatless Monday” (and get creative!)
- Offer a variety of flavorful plant-based items with a small portion of poultry or fish
- Adapt favorite recipes, like lasagna
- Use meat as a seasoning and not the main course
- “Blue zones”—what are they and where are they found?
- Why the controversy around soy and tofu?
- How to “jazz up” tofu with flavorful sauces, casseroles, and stir-fry.
- Sharon’s recipes that I recently tried: Tofu Cobb Salad and Red Lentil Soup with Root Vegetables and Sage.
- How to deal with nutrition shortfalls in a plant-based diet.
- Cooking with dried beans and lentils.
- The growing market and availability of vegan cheeses.
- The versatility of cashews.
- How to deal with a bumper crop of home-grown vegetables.
- Sharon’s favorite recipes: Tortilla Soup and Pho—because they are customizable!
- Sharon’s favorite cookbook authors: Deborah Madison, Rich Landau, and Alex Caspero
- Sharon’s favorite chefs: Tal Ronnen and Matthew Kenney
- Serves: 8
- Serving size: 1-1/4 cups
- Calories: 195
- Fat: 13g
- Saturated fat: 1.5g
- Carbohydrates: 12g
- Sugar: 1g
- Sodium: 125mg
- Fiber: 5g
- 6 cups (282 g) torn, loosely packed romaine lettuce
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon red wine vinegar
- 1 tablespoon finely minced fresh herbs (e.g., oregano, tarragon, thyme), or ½ teaspoon dried
- ¼ teaspoon ground mustard
- 1 small garlic clove, minced
- ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Pinch of sea salt, optional
- 1 cup (185 g) cooked black beans, no salt added, rinsed and drained if canned
- 8 ounces (227 g) baked tofu (savory flavor), cubed (see Note)
- 2 small tomatoes, diced
- 1 medium avocado, peeled, cored, and diced
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ½ cup (58 g) walnut pieces
- 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
- Place the lettuce in a mixing bowl.
- Whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, herbs, mustard, garlic, black pepper, and sea salt, if desired, in a small dish. Add to the lettuce and toss well.
- Place the dressed lettuce on an oval platter in a uniform layer.
- Arrange the black beans on top of the lettuce, creating a row in the center of the platter.
- To the right of the black beans, create a row of baked tofu.
- To the left of the black beans, create a row of tomatoes.
- Sprinkle the avocados with the lemon juice to avoid discoloration and arrange them in a narrower row to the right of the baked tofu.
- To the left of the tomatoes, create a single smaller row of walnut pieces.
- Sprinkle the entire salad with the chives.
- Serve immediately.
Variation: Substitute any colorful cooked bean for the black beans, such as cranberry beans, kidney beans, pink beans, or green flageolet beans.
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