Mark Bittman Says: Eat More Plants

Happy New Year! If you're anything like your fellow American, you probably spent some time yesterday making resolutions and thinking about ways you can eat better. Mark Bittman spent some time on the topic, too.Bittman's approach to eating better is not revolutionary. It's nothing you haven't heard before. But his ultimately common-sense way to ring in the New Year is appealing in a world filled with trendy diet books and quick fixes. What's his advice? Eat more vegetables. That's it. Plain and simple.

In his recent piece for The New York Times Bittman discusses how not only is cutting back on meat and dairy quite simple, many of us already do so and just aren't aware of it. Peanut Butter and Jelly? Vegan. Fruit Salad? Vegan. Black Bean Burrito? Vegan. You get the picture. So Bittman says not to go too radical or extreme, but to make semi-veganism work for you. To start us off, he's provided an inspiring line-up of recipes.

What do you think? Is cutting back on meat and dairy part of your goals for 2012?

Related: 10 Vegan Lunch Ideas

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