So I have been talking about becoming a vegetarian for a while now but for some reason something keeps holding me back. I know I am an extremely fussy eater as hard as I try not to be, I am sensitive to textures. This has put me off beans, you know kidney beans, chickpeas and even lentils… The majority of things vegetarian food is made with! Another reason why I want to go vegetarian is because of the way our animals and meat is treated, as I am learning more about spiritualism and being at peace, I have come to understand that meat has a lot of bad energy and isn’t exactly good for us. Not only that but recently a new study has been released linking processed meat with Cancer – Bad Day for Bacon. Also I feel like a bit of a hypocrite as I don’t like how the animals are treated, for example, you may have seen on Facebook back in the Summer about the Dog festival in China or Japan, and I was appalled but that is their culture and it’s no different really to what we do with our livestock so why can I be ok with one thing but not the other! So this again has been playing on my mind and ultimately lead me to where I am now….
So inorder to over come this I have decided to try out Meat Free Monday’s…. This way I can be creative with my meals, try out new recipes and slowly start to introduce more vegetarian meals into my daily routine. I have now done this for two Monday’s. Last Monday I created a vegetarian curry, actually chucked together with items that I had left over. It was a butternut squash, mixed bean and tomato curry. It was surprisingly nice… Yes it was mushy and stuff but the flavour was so delicious I hardly noticed it.
I got the recipe off the Internet and was so simple I didn’t think I could go wrong which usually happens! You will need:
200g Brown Rice, 1tbsp olive oil, I used coconut oil and was perfect, 1 Butternut squash, 1 Onion, 2tbsp mild curry paste, 300ml Vegetable stock, 4 large tomatoes, 400g can of chickpeas, I used mixed beans as that what was in my cupboard and 3tbsp Greek Yoghurt. Garnish with coriander, however I am not a huge fan so I left that bit off.
Get the rice going first of all, and in another pan heat up the oil, add the butternut squash (diced) and fry for 2-3 mins or until slightly browning. Add the onion and curry paste, cook for 3-4 mins. Make sure the butternut squash and onions are covered in the paste. Pour in the stock, cover and simmer for 15-20mins, until the butternut squash is tender and easily broken up. Add in the tomatoes and chickpeas, cook for 3-4 mins until they are softened. Remove the pan from the heat and stir through the greek yoghurt… sever over rice with a sprinkle of coriander.
Yesterday was another Meat Free Day…I decided to go for a healthy pizza, made with Sweet potato!! I was extremely unsure how this would turn out, not only did my cousin tell me it was amazing but I am also determined to find vegetarian meals that both my partner and I can enjoy without having to think about it too much. Again this was very simple and easy to make, I kept it hassle free by making a plain pizza but next time I will definitely try some other toppings. Again I just found this recipe on Pinterest and decided to go for it 🙂 You will need:
1.5 Cups mashed Sweet potato (2 medium), 1.5 Cups of almond flour (other flour works as well, I had to cheat a little bit and use normal flour but I have now bought some almond flour for next time), 2 large eggs, 1 large egg white, 1 cup shredded Cheese – mozzarella, 1tsp baking powder, 1 tsp garlic powder, 1 tsp oregano, 1/2 tsp curry powder, 1/2 tsp paprika, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, 1 tsp salt, toppings of choice.
Pre-heat the oven to 190c and combine all the ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Cover a pizza pan or baking sheet with tinfoil and coat with non stick cooking spray (I used the one calorie one). Using a spatula, spread the dough evening into a large circle about 1/2 an inch thick. Bake for 20-30 mins until the centre in firm and the edges are slightly brown. Remove from the oven, add toppings and bake for another 5-10 mins until cheese is melted.
By making this one simple change, I can start to introduce vegetarian meals that I usually wouldn’t have even thought about or tried. I hope that I will start to try more and more vegetarian meals, to the point where I don’t even notice I haven’t had any meat and “Bob’s Your Uncle” I am a self made vegetarian. I have also recently met a few different vegans and vegetarians who all say the same statement, that they have never felt better for quitting meat. Something I would definitely like to try for myself and see. So here goes…. Wish me luck.