the first few weeks of meatless meals vegetarian
Tue 18th, Feb, 2014
G’day, talking vegetarian meals here and how going veggie in the week has gone for us – I have had a lot of messages about this, funny really, you never know what interests anyone, but this is something that obviously does interest people…you can read my first post about going meatless a few times a week here (you’ll also find there a recipe for the most wonderful vegetarian chili in the world ever).
So this is our third week of more veggie meals….my first thoughts on this – I thought it was going to be very very much harder than it has been, the transition was in fact pretty much done the first week I decided to go more veggie…we pretty much slipped right on into this, though I did realise that some of the meals in rotation in this old cottage (mainly soups and slow cooker stuff including this delicious pea & parmesan soup recipe which is soooooo easy and a big hit here) are actually fairly meat-free or low-meat without me really thinking about it.
It’s been good though and here are a few things that did happen
1. I lost 4lbs (this is about 2kg)…a few people have said to me that I looked like I had lost some muffin top and I must say those things at the top of my arms which have a life of their own somehow seemed to be moving less without me moving less….you just have to love ANYTHING that can do that to you don’t you?…eating more vegetarian meals seems to have done that for me…
So yup 4lbs without doing anything other than switching to veggies more…
2. we craved meat by Friday…all of us…we all loved that feeling and were really looking forward to having our Sunday Roast (I wrote about how we do Sundays here)…this looking forward to lovely meat was exactly why I wanted to make the meat buying and eating more special and it actually happened and really quickly…
3. I did not feel fantabulous and busting around the house with energy (really though the people who say that happens when they change their diet, I have to wonder what they were eating before).
4. We’ve all really enjoyed the taste of meals with veggies.
5. I’ve definitely saved money, though used the saving on nicer meat and poultry in particular lovely quality sausages, bacon and organic eggs.
6. There were no real complaints from the males in the house, though by the end of the week it was wearing a bit thin…especially the Friday night curry which a certain teenager in this house has as his fave dinner, ahem when he opened the pot for comfort food aka chicken curry, he found it was the veggie version, which is also very nice, but, well…you know…
7. I’ve felt clearer headed, full and satisfied and somehow ‘healthier’.
8. We’ve been eating a lot of pulses, beans etc…just saying this may be having results in the digestion department ;)
So anyway this is what the first week’s meal plan looked like
Sunday : Roast
Mon : Leftovers
Tues : soup made with stock from Roast, veggies
Wednesday : Vegetarian chili
Thursday : Chili Wraps (with leftover veggie chili) & Salad
Friday : Veggie Curry
Satruday : Pizza – mostly veggie but with some Hungarian Salami
So we pretty much went meat-free and vegetarian for 5 nights the first week…by Sunday we had a beautiful bbq lunch with boutique organic sausages (yup there are such a thing as boutique sausages, what will be next in the world of sausages, but nonetheless very tasty and delicious) and two beautiful organic chickens for our Roast Dinner which again the next week I did the same stretching with…I must say these were like birds and to stretch them next time I’ll probs need more…
Things I have found good to have up my sleeve for eating this way have been the root vegetables like carrots, parsnips, radish, sweet potato, onion, garlic and potato etc and also I’ve been using a lot of courgettes, cauliflowers, broccoli, capsicum…also cans of pulses for protein have been in high rotation…amazing what you can make with a can of beans when you really start to think about it…
So those are my thoughts on veggie eating…we’ve turned a huge corner on this, I thought it was going to be much harder than it is…and I’m really pleased on how eating more veggies in the actual meal (rather than trying to supplement with sides or green smoothies in the day) has really upped our intake of vegetables without much fuss at all and without having to think how many veggie servings have I had today for the 5 and 2 thing.
On the way my recipe for Veggie Curry (the one which some people would prefer as chicken lol) which is super delicious, I’ve messed with it a lot until I found a combo we liked, always helps though if you want to blog about something if you don’t eat it all before you take a photo…
Be seeing ya…if you have any questions or thoughts on vegetarian eating (not that I am a vegetarian) I’d love to hear them in the comments…
Don’t forget, BEACH COTTAGE RECIPES now have their own new home over here - much easier to find all my recipes plus slow cooker, smoothies and my simple, fuss-free, often one-bowl baking recipes are all now easy to look through and have a nose – if you are interested in my slow journey with going meat-free a few times a week you can go here for my meat free recipes (pls note I’m not a vegetarian just upping the stuff grown in the ground xo).