I grew up eating meat and I’ve never been Vegetarian or Vegan; however, over the years I’ve been slowly filtering out certain types of meat. I almost never eat red meat anymore, and I don’t see that changing anytime soon. I do eat chicken, turkey, fish and some pork/bacon; however, I would love to filter that down even more. I haven’t found any great resources for organic/responsibly raised meat options near my new house, but I’m looking. In the meantime I’m trying new recipes and trying to make more meals that are meatless.
I was pleased with what I ate today and didn’t miss the meat at all; however, I would need to educate myself on protein sources if I chose to go Vegetarian long term. Growing up eating meat means that I automatically gravitate toward some type of meat course, especially at dinner. I haven’t been a fan of the faux meat products so far, and I just can’t do tofu, it’s a texture thing.
Breakfast: Oatmeal with Walnuts & Dried Fruit
I need to start eating Oatmeal more often, it’s so versatile. My favorite is a basic oatmeal (unsweetened) with a nut and a fruit. Today I paired it with a glass of a V8 Fusion Tea. I’m lost on why they call it Tea, there is nothing remotely ‘Tea’ about it; although it was good.
Lunch: Green Smoothie
This meal put me in the worst mood, and it’s not because it looks like some sort of atomic sludge. I agree, it looks absolutely disgusting, but it’s a delicious mix of banana, cocoa, cherries, and spinach. However, I’ve determined that my Bullet Blender is a piece of ::ahem:: crap. I never had any problems with my last one, but this one is a joke. It leaks down into the motor constantly and takes a ridiculous amount of time to blend anything. I need a Vita Mix…STAT!
Dinner: Butternut Squash Risotto & Dinner Roll
A little bland, I need to work on the seasonings a bit, but delicious. Bulking up on the veggies means I didn’t miss the meat at all. I paired this with an (unpictured) dinner roll (or two). Ok, I actually ate the dinner rolls while I was cooking dinner but I’m sure they would have been great with the meal too.
Vegetarians/Vegans..any recommended meat alternatives? I’m willing to try things like Tofu again, but I need some help finding the best way to cook it.