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Paula’s Perfect Plate: Protein from the Plant Kingdom!

By Robin Shea

Do you have a difficult time imagining your life without a main course of beef, chicken or pork? Reducing the amount of animal protein you consume could lead to tremendous health benefits.

So many of us carnivores shy away from the idea of vegetarianism because it simply does not appeal to our taste buds, and the idea of never again enjoying a thick, juicy steak seems ridiculous! However, sticking to a plant-based diet a few days a week could lead to a restructuring of your entire metabolic profile and a reduction in risk of heart disease, cancer, inflammatory diseases, and more—not to mention an improvement in weight management.

A semi-vegetarian or flexitarian diet is one that is plant-based with the occasional inclusion of meat products. So, rather than saying, “I’m a vegetarian,” say, instead, “I’m a flexitarian,” and enjoy the best of both worlds!

Although the day begins with eggs, I consider this a semi-vegetarian menu—I guess it depends on your idea of vegetarianism. Regardless, this menu is no sacrifice, as it is packed with flavor and loaded with health benefits.

Paula's Perfect Plate

It all begins with Paula’s Eggs Florentine out of her book, Paula Deen Cuts the Fat. Next, enjoy a morning snack with my delicious Cucumber and Tomato Salad. Lunch is rich with flavor and variety thanks to Paula’s hearty Zucchini Boats and a fresh, steamed vegetable medley. In the early afternoon, take time out to snack on some steamed edamame dusted with sea salt. Finally, enjoy my Lentil Soup with Spinach and a whole grain baguette for a satisfying and delicious dinner.

For more information of designing your own Perfect Plate, click here!

Until Next Time… LIVE INSPIRED!

Robin Shea


Robin Shea - As a healthy lifestyle mentor, speaker, celebrity cook, and creator of The 80/20 Lifestyle, Robin Shea is committed to providing her clients with reliable sources for nutritional and fitness guidance, among other aspects of healthy living. Robin has been helping people embrace healthier food choices, fall in love with fitness, and correct plain old stinkin’ thinkin’ for over 14 years.