19/06/2024 12:03 AM

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Swing your Cooking

Vegan Enchiladas make a tasty Meatless Monday meal

Vegan Enchiladas are topped with vegan cheese and have a seasoned tofu filling.

You’re probably hearing more about plant-based diets, but have you stopped to wonder what they involve?

The diets are based mostly on foods such as vegetables, beans, legumes, fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds. They can occasionally include meat, poultry, seafood, eggs and dairy products. Think of them as semi-vegetarian or flexitarian diet plans.

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By comparison, let’s look at other diets that are stricter.

  • Vegetarian: Excludes all meat, poultry and fish, and may exclude eggs, dairy products, or both.
  • Ovo-vegetarian:  Allows eggs, but excludes dairy products, fish and animal-based foods.
  • Lacto-vegetarian:  Allows dairy products, but excludes meat, poultry, fish and eggs.
  • Lacto-ovo vegetarian: Allows eggs and dairy products, but excludes meat, poultry and fish.
  • Pescatarian: Includes fish, but excludes meat, poultry, dairy and eggs.
  • Vegan: Excludes all meat, poultry, seafood, eggs and dairy products.