Wednesday, 1 March 2017

Going Vegetarian!

vegetarian for a month challenge

Going vegetarian is something I have been toying with since I moved into my own place almost 3 years ago. I would never have tried it at home as we all always ate the same meals and I didn’t want to cause a fuss. Then, after moving out, it never happened. I’ve had days where I have not eaten meat. I’ve never consciously not eaten meat, though, especially for a prolonged period of time.

So, here I am. Going vegetarian for a month.

I want to see if I can do it. I have a handful of meals I love to cook, and they all center around whatever the meat involved is. So it’ll be interesting to see how I find that, I struggle for meal ideas at the best of times! I’m hoping it’ll be simple to adjust some favorites to a meat-free version. I've started collecting some Pinterest inspired meal ideas. I'm going for flavourful veggies over meat-substitutes.

I’ve noticed myself eating less beef these days, which is a good thing. Damn, the more I read about what eating beef is doing to the planet, the more it scares me. So there’s that too.

Filling my diet with more vegetables can only be a good thing. I remember when I was in college, a friend decided he wanted to be a vegetarian. He had no clue what to eat so he lived off cheese and tomato. Suffice to say, it didn’t end well for his waistline. So I want to avoid that. The one meal I will struggle with is lunch. Most days it's a meat filled wrap of some kind, and damn, fake meat slices are expensive! So I'm going to have to get creative there. A month of cheese buttes won't do anyone any good!

I will still be consuming eggs and some dairy products. And probably, some fish. So it's not 100% vegetarian and nowhere near vegan, but it's a start. I'm not going on a crusade or anything yet.

I’m hoping this opens my eyes to new things and gives me some inspiration. I want to prove to myself that a meal can be a meal if it doesn’t involve any meat. Plus it's a challenge, and who doesn’t love one of those? A month isn't all that long when you think about it. And I'm hoping it lines my purse a little too!

Any tips for this newbie vegetarian?

Until next time,





7 comments:

  1. Aww, don't say you are going vegetarian and eating fish. Fish is meat too, so it's called pescaterian. :)) It's not about crusades, but more about teaching people what vegetarian means, especially if they will prepare a meal for a vegetarian at one point in their life.

    10 years ago I was doing pretty much as you said, I was cooking a few dishes, most of them around a piece of meat. Well, when I've decided to go veggie, my life changed. I started experimenting and cooking meals I never heard of before. I discovered new veggies, it was and still is an amazing journey.

    My tip would be: don't try to replace meat, but you already said that. :) Cook what you want, make a chilli, shepherd's pie, a stew, pasta (bake or just pasta), moussaka, risotto or rice, curry, pizza. All these dishes can have meat in them, but they can also be vegetarian (or vegan) without having to use meat-free types of products.

    For lunch you can make a wrap with houmous&falafel or houmous&halloumi. Wraps can be made with any type of dips (guacamole, tomato sauce) and filled with grilled mushrooms/courgettes, aubergines, salad, cheese. The first two wrap options are available at the supermarkets too, if you buy your lunch. Salads are another good choice. If you can have a packet lunch, then the possibilities are endless.

    I hope you'll love trying out new things. It can be such an exciting time. Have fun! xx

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    1. PESCATERIAN! I did not realise this at all! I think I'm going to save the fish dishes for times when it's a struggle to eat something totally vegetarian - like going for meals with family or if I'm visiting someone for tea, I don't want to put anyone out!

      I love your lunch suggestions and have added things off them onto my shopping list for next week! That has by far been the hardest meal to sort out since I started on this little challenge of mine!

      Sarah :)

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  2. I don't eat much meat at all. Maybe once or twice a week and I haven't ate red meat for years. I love omelettes packed with veg and cheese, I find mixed beans great in stew type dishes and chillies, chickpeas are amazing in curries. I also love roasted veg wraps with hounmous or chilli sauce. Good luck I am sure you will love it. X

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    1. Thanks for the suggestions! I'm not missing or craving meat at all yet which really surprises me, I thought it would have been much more of a struggle! I've stocked up on mixed beans so I'm thinking enchiladas or a chilli one night this week! ooo must get some hummus too!

      Sarah :)

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  3. I've been veggie for 5 months now and honestly the longer you stick with it the easier it gets. BBC good food has loads of veggie and vegan friendly recipes!

    Amy x
    www.whatamysays.com

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    1. I have been loving some BBC Goodfood recipes! Found a great one for a veg pasta sauce that went down a treat!

      Sarah :)

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  4. I've been vegetarian for 5 years now. Just make sure you get enough protein by making protein supplements such as peanut butter and bread makes a protein. Look up different meals online and if you like beans they're really good for you!
    Vic
    http://vickyiezblog.weebly.com

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