2020 brought us many challenges, and we move into the new year with the promise of hope, even if it’s just for a renewed zest for cooking in our overworked kitchens as we endeavor to nourish ourselves in this new year.
If it’s a change of diet you crave, there are a dizzying array of options— from keto to paleo to vegan and vegetarian, or low carb and no carb! And with these diets come so many rules and restrictions.
At Colavita, we maintain that balance is in fact the most healthy option. We stay true to our Mediterranean diet roots and advocate a “lifestyle” approach to diet in general, and specifically with our new collection of Flexitarian recipes.
Are they vegetarian? Not completely. Vegan? Not so much. What they ARE is adaptable, and as the name suggests, flexible.
The goal of the Flexitarian diet is to reap the benefits of a plant-based diet without giving up animal products entirely. 2020 asked so much of us….can’t we indulge in just a bit of cheese in 2021?? Of course! With the Flexitarian, there are no clear-cut rules. There is, however, a conscious choice to eat mostly fruits, vegetables, legumes and whole grains...you know, the stuff that’s good for you anyway… and incorporate animal products from time to time.
Of course, when you do consume animal products, it’s best to choose pasture raised, grass-fed animals, and buy local, if you can. The wonderful news is that there are now more and more sources for checking on where to find sustainable meats.
If seafood is your game, you can check Seafood Watch for the latest in sustainable swimmers.
But let’s get back to the recipes, because in addition to being Flexitarian, they are, in fact, delicious.
For breakfast, why not start your day with our Polenta Breakfast Bowl with Curred Eggs? If you’re not a meat eater, substitute in a vegan bacon. And if you’d rather not eat eggs, you can try a little tofu instead! As a bonus, this recipe is gluten free!
Instead of chicken, use chick peas for fiber and protein in our Tuscan Grain Bowl. Farro has added protein, too!
In addition to nutrient flexibility, why not be flavor flexible as well? If you’re tired of Italian-inspired dishes, treat your taste buds to a bit of Middle Eastern flair with our Tahini Carrot Bowl.
Whichever bowl you choose (and we hope you’ll try them all), each is adaptable to your needs without compromising flavor. Of course, all our recipes use our Colavita Extra Virgin Olive Oil to add not only insurmountable taste, but all the healthy monounsaturated fats and antioxidants that your body needs to start the year strong.
The New Year is here, and it starts with Colavita.