By Kirsten Klahn | April 27, 2015
Being a vegetarian — or even a part-time vegetarian — is not only good for you, it’s also good for the environment. Women’s Health notes that limiting the meat you eat reduces your likelihood for heart disease. “Fatty red meats and many processed meats are high in saturated fat, which raises LDL (bad) cholesterol and increases risk of coronary heart disease,” Rachel K. Johnson, a spokeswoman for the American Heart Association and professor of nutrition and medicine at the University of Vermont, told Women’s Health.
Consuming less meat also reduces your cancer risk and helps with weight maintenance. Furthermore, vegetarianism helps preserve essential resources; eating a plant-based meal for lunch rather than a burger saves 2.5 pounds of carbon dioxide emissions, 133 gallons of water, and 24 square feet of land, Women’s Health reports.
The benefits don’t end there, either. Vegetarian dishes are delicious and easy to make, especially when you opt for recipes that only require 5 ingredients or fewer. From crispy ricotta cakes to salsa lasagna, these 6 recipes deliver delicious meat-free dishes to your table.
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