I know that I said that I would be posting some healthy and vegetarian recipes this week, but I have a few cookie recipes that I wanted to get up and posted. I will post one today and then the rest of the week will be some healthier posts – I promise:-).
Jim and I did a little experiment last week and went meatless for all of our meals. We did it mainly for the health benefits, but there are other reasons as well (of which I won’t get into during this post.) I would love to buy only local and organic meat, but unfortunately that is not always possible. So, I will do it when I can and we have decided to eat a few meatless meals every week going forward. If you are wondering what some of the benefits are read this article from the Mayo Clinic.. While the article gives some great reasons to go meatless every now and then we had our own – here are a few that I thought I would share with you.
1) Weight Loss – Jim and I both have a few pounds that we would like to lose and we needed to change-up our diet to do that. We have both been stuck at the same weight for about 6 months or so. We thought it would be fun to see if we could lose some weight by eating meatless. There are studies that show that people that eat a plant based diet weigh less. I lost a pound last week so I think there is something to this meatless thing. Now don’t get me wrong you still need to watch what you eat. Covering something with cheese or eating a bowl of white pasta isn’t going to help you lose weight. We focused on incorporating lots of veggies, whole grains and proteins (like beans.)
2) Packing more fruit and veggies in our diet. We are always stumped when we read the recommended daily intake on fruits and veggies. I forget exactly what it is now, but we were trying to figure out a way to get more of each in our diet. We thought that if we took the focus off the meat at each meal and put that into eating fruits and veggies we could slowly shift the balance from meat centric meals to veggie centric meals.
3) Cost savings. It’s no big surprise that eating meat can get expensive. I shop the sales for chicken and pork and I stock up when it goes on sale. However, when we get red meat its often from Whole Foods or Fresh Market and that can get kind of pricey. By eating meatless a few nights a week we don’t feel as bad about splurging a bit on really good beef or seafood.
So later this week, you will see a few of the recipes that we tried during our meatless week. We really enjoyed it and it honestly wasn’t as hard as we thought it would be. We even tried tofu one night! I will tell you though, on Friday Jim IM’ed me and said “I really want a hamburger now!!!” I will probably plan our week with 2 or 3 meatless meals built in going forward.
So technically, this is still a meatless post and hey – there are some grains and veggies involved in these cookies so they are a choice for a plant-based diet. We really enjoyed these – I love sweets with carrots or zucchini so when I saw this recipe from Southern Living I knew they were in my wheelhouse. I added some white chocolate chips but I think they made them a bit crumbly. So if you add them, do it at your own risk.
Adapted from Southern Living All Time Favorite Cookie Recipes
1 1/4 cups butter – softened
3/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup white sugar
1 large egg
1 tsp vanilla
1 1/2 cups flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 cups regular oats – uncooked
1 cup grated carrot
1 cup chopped pecans
Beat butter at medium speed until creamy. Gradually add sugars, beating well. Add egg and vanilla, mixing well. Combine flour and next three ingredients. Add to the creamed mixture, mixing well. Stir in oats, carrot and pecans. Drop dough by level tablespoonfuls on ungreased cookie sheets.
Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Remove cookies to wire racks to cool.
**Do you plan meatless meals into your weekly menu? If so, what are your reasons?*****