Getting Protein From Plants
Getting protein from plants is something we may all need to know how to do. As meat prices continue to soar we may all need to move to a more vegetarian style of eating in order to afford to eat. Other than vegans and vegetarians most of us get the majority of our protein from animal sources. I know at my house beef is almost out of the budget for more than once or twice a week. We eat an awful lot of chicken.
Even fish is very expensive. I use eggs for a meal at least once a week and now even they are getting expensive. So I think there will be more of us needed to find other sources for our protein. Off The Grid News shares a list of eight plant-based foods that are packed with protein and very good for us. The list is nothing exotic and you may already eat some of the items on the list. I know we eat nuts and beans along with lentils and chia seeds at my house. One of my favorite meals is beans and corn bread. For those that have never tried it, cook a pound of pinto beans and bake some corn bread in you iron skillet. Once every thing is done.
We like to take a wedge of cornbread and break it up into a bowl of beans and eat it with a couple of slices of onion on the side or a green onion if I have any. This is a super simple but very filling and satisfying meal. The next day drain the liquid off the remaining beans, add some oil to a skillet and add the drained beans. Once they get hot use a potato masher to mash them up some. Then add some grated cheddar and stir till melted. You can then eat your pintos and cheese with corn chips and it too is very filling and satisfying.
I even use the beans this way to make tostadas. I make the cheesy refried beans and some Spanish rice. Put some beans on the tostada shell and spread it to the edges, then add rice and lettuce, tomato and sour cream. You can add sour cream and salsa if you like as well. These make delicious meatless tostadas and cost less that either making with meat or buying out. If you cook a couple of pounds of beans at one time you can make the beans and corn bread one day, the tostadas the next and both meals would be very economical while also very nutritious. You can find ways to use the other plant protein items in the article.