Written by Fabiana Romanutti on
The first of October is celebrated on world vegetarian daya day set by North American Vegetarian Society in 1977 to raise awareness of the benefits of a vegetarian diet. HelloFresh, the revolutionary home recipe box servicewanted to investigate – thanks to a poll published on You Gov Italy – the importance that vegetarian foods play in the daily menus of Italians.
It turns out that Italians are an omnivorous people favoring vegetarian choices: although the majority of people eat meat, fish and other animal products without distinction, 1 in 2 Italians consume a recipe vegetarian or based at least once a month on a meat substitute, such as soy burgers and vegetable cutlets.
Those who claim to also consume vegetarian products are well aware of the benefits that such a diet can provide. The first reason for the preference for dishes without meat or fish, in fact, is precisely health and physical well-being: just think that 37% of Italians say they consume vegetable products to feel better and 35% to reduce daily calorie intake. The desire to reduce its environmental impact (28%) is also important.
“HelloFresh, with its two Vegetarian and Flexitariano menus, responds to Italian cuisine trends, favoring variety and quality” – says Stefano Cracco, Co-Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer HelloFresh Italia, who adds – “Among our 5 menus available with 16 new recipes every week, in fact we’ve included Vegetarian and Flexitarian options (which includes most dishes vegetarian, without giving up some protein dishes). These are preferences that help plan weekly dinners by incorporating recipes that include chickpeas, lentils and hazelnuts into the family routine.
The ingredients are always pre-portioned, of quality, in season and packaged in order to keep the freshness and properties of the food intact, so that the caloric and nutritional intake of the dishes is 100% guaranteed. Our service’s short supply chain also ensures environmental responsibility – cited by 28% of respondents as the top reason for choosing vegetarian raw materials, ensuring ready-to-cook natural and authentic ingredients”.
But what are the preferred vegetarian ingredients? Preferences range from more traditional vegetables (82%, regardless of age group and gender), to legumes (79%), an excellent source of protein, to cereals with 73% preference. Italians don’t even disdain so-called meat substitutes like soy (33%) and tofu (14%), the latter being the most popular among those following vegetarian/vegan and flexitarian diets.
To celebrate World Vegetarianism Day, HelloFresh experts have come up with two 100% vegetarian recipes.
The “spinach risotto with cheese and hazelnuts, stringy toma and Parmigiano Reggiano” with the mixture of typical Italian cheeses (toma and Parmigiano Reggiano) envelops the palate with its creaminess, pleasantly interrupted by the crunch of roasted, coarsely chopped hazelnuts, such as a touch the final; finally, the spinach, with its intense green color, enriches the dish not only from a nutritional point of view, but also from a visual point of view.
Of more Eastern origin, the “noodles in Peanut Sauce and Glazed Tofu with Stir-Fried Vegetables” is a complete meal, with the mixture of vegetables and peanuts (an important source of vitamins and minerals, useful for skin and nervous system health) and tofu, a valid alternative to protein animals.
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