Do you have to be Vegetarian to enjoy meat free food???

I know so many people who believe that to enjoy meat free meals you must become a vegetarian or vegan!, this is crazy, did you know that just one day a week meat free can increase the health benefits of all your hard work either in diets, exercise or just your regular daily health.

So what is Vegetarian food like??? Yeah I guess we have all heard the I am not a rabbit, I don’t do rabbit food etc but, vegetarian food doesn’t mean that it has to be all raw food, salads or boring, in fact vegetarian food can be full of flavour, protein ( found in meat ) carbohydrates, and all the Kilojoules you need for the entire day.

By just adding 1/2 a plate of non-starchy veggies, 1/4 of a plate of protein and 1/4 of a plate of carbohydrates you get all the nutritional values and sometimes more than your meat and three veg dishes.

In simple to understand terms this means make a rainbow coloured half diner plate or breakfast bowl (fruit) this is your non-starchy side then for your protein side add 1/4 of your plate with things like tofu, nuts, seeds, beans, or lentils and this covers all your protein needs for that meal and obviously we need the carbohydrates in our meal as these are the ones that provide ongoing energy and they are the other 1/4 of the plate and you usually use things like your starchy stuff, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pasta, rice, quinoa.

As you can see the thought of having a meal of the vegetarian kind three times in one day isn’t so bad when you start to think of the endless possibilities of meal creation. The three recipes that I have added next are some that are go to for me and I find very enjoyable to both make and ingest.

Breakfast smoothie:

  • 1 cup of organic baby spinach leaves,
  • 1/2 cup mixed berries ( blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries)
  • 1 Banana cut into pieces,
  • 1/4 cup of mixed seeds, nuts ( hemp, sunflower, linseed, sesame, almonds, walnuts,etc)
  • 2 tablespoons of organic greek yogurt.
  • add water, coconut milk/water, almond milk or cows milk to top ( I use 1/2 water and 1/4 coconut , almond combo)
  • Blend together until smooth and enjoy a refreshing morning smoothy.

So that’s breakfast, and this will keep you going throughout the morning without the sugar drop that usually appears around the 10am time, this is the usual time that you start to head to the local shop for a chocolate/sweet fix.

Lunch Rice paper rolls, 

These are easy to make once you have your preparation down and are SO, SO easy to pack for work.

  • 1 carrot, peeled and cut into long thin slices.
  • 1 capsicum of your colour choice cut into long thin slices.
  • 1 avocado sliced and ready to go.
  • a block of tofu drained and sliced into long thin strips ( marinate the tofu in 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tbsp honey and once marinated role in sesame seeds) best done overnight for maximum flavour.
  • 1 small sweet potato, peeled and roasted in the oven until soft but not squishy.
  • 2 eggs either hard-boiled and then sliced or made into an omelette and then cut into slices.
  • grab your favourite herbs and some lettuce leaves ( I prefer dill, mint leaves, or coriander depending on the availability in the garden.)
  • a pack of rice paper rolls.
  • follow rice paper roll instructions on the packet and add the ingredients, place in container and take them with you.
  • you may wish to make a honey, soy sauce or some sweet chilli sauce to dip them in.

Dinner is a rainbow feast plate.

This is awesome for kids as it is colourful and full of flavour, even my carnivore husband was really happy with this as a main meal and said he enjoys meat free nights ( I have hippified him). I make this for six so have cut the quantities down to what I think 4 would need, it takes 15 minutes of prep and then the cooking is over and done in 25 minutes….to easy Stevie.

  • A large sweet potato, cut into cubes
  • 2 Large potatoes, cut into cubes
  • Roast the above in a 180 degree oven for the 25 minutes while you are getting the rest ready.
  • Hard boil ( to your liking) a large egg per person and then peel them at the end.
  • Couple of bunches of broccolini or buk choi , put in steamer until tender, ( you can drain and place in cold water to preserve colour if you want)
  • 1 tbsp oil ( I use coconut for the flavour)
  • 3 large garlic gloves ( or crushed from a jar if needed)
  • chuck them in a pan that has been heated with the oil and let become fragrant about 30 seconds.
  • Add to that a sliced capsicum of your preferred colour, cook and stir for around a minute.
  • Add a can of chickpeas and let cook for a couple of minutes until they are heated through.
  • When all done add a coupe of cups of chopped kale, baby spinach, or another green that you’ve got handy.
  • You can add a home-made dressing to this of your choice I use olive oil mixed with lemon juice.
  • Place all on plate as nicely or untidy as you like, place peeled eggs on top and drizzle with your fave dressing.

That is it three meals all vegetarian, high in protein, nutritional extras and flavour…. A little note I have not added salt or pepper to these recipes as a lot of people don’t like them but I do add a full complement of spices and seasonings to our food.

So give meat free days a try to see how you feel and experiment with different recipes and ingredients to find the flavours that rock your world.

Happy eating…..❤️

 

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2 Comments on “Do you have to be Vegetarian to enjoy meat free food???

    • I totally agree, although I am mostly vegetarian I eat what my body needs, this means some meat whether white or red I do but I LOVE my fruit and Veggies. ☮

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