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Cauliflower rice. Spiralized sweet potato noodles. Portobello burgers. Zucchini ribbons.
Restaurant plates are changing; vegetables are emerging as features on once meat-centric plates. According to research by Technomic, vegetable-based entrées have increased 15% on Canadian menus over the past two years.1
This plant-forward trend is due to several variables, including:
If you’re looking to add on-trend vegetable-based entrées, look to vegetables like cauliflower, squash and root vegetables to build your dish. The addition of a protein can turn your popular vegetable side dish into an entrée. Think pulses (e.g. lentils, black beans), toasted nuts and seeds or cheese.
Cheese is a particularly flavourful ingredient that allows you to create a more comfort food-style dish that will garner rave reviews on a fall menu.
What does cheese do for the diner? Satisfies them. Cheese:
In addition, most vegetarians eat dairy foods, and so adding cheese, as a protein-source to your veggie-based entrées will satisfy your vegetarian customer requests.
Here are 3 cheesy options that pack satisfying, value-adding protein in warm vegetable-based comfort food dishes:
Written By: Shannon Crocker MSc RD, Vibrant Nutrition Communications
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