When some people hear that we are now vegetarians the first thing they ask is, “What do you eat?” The first assumption they make is that all we eat are fruit and vegetables. That’s true. We eat fruit and vegetables. The question they really want to ask is, “Aren’t vegetarian meals bland and boring?”
The answer is, not at all! That is if you learn how not to make them that way. A study claims that half of Britons give up diets because they find healthy foods boring. But vegetarian meals in our house are not. And no, we don’t load up on pasta, rice, potatoes, junk food, packaged food, or even dairy. You just need to learn to cook a bit differently and get creative. There’s plenty of cookbooks to guide you. I literally just open the fridge, look at what I have, decide what might go well together, and go for it!
Before I give you some examples of recent meals that I cooked let me explain why we do it. Why did we make the switch to being vegetarians? Quite simply it’s for gut health. We are strong believers that overall health starts in the gut. My husband, Dale has written articles about this topic that we’ve linked below. He will tell you, and I agree, that our digestive system just works better on a vegetarian diet. We feel less bloated and overall healthier.
Quick and Simple Vegetarian Meals
Cauliflower and Carrot Mash
I looked in the fridge and saw what I had. All I did was cut up the cauliflower and carrots and cooked them together with celery to add some flavor. After cooking I mashed them and added a small amount of grass-fed butter, pink salt, garlic powder, and pepper. It was a great combo. Dale loved it and so did I.
Start with green cabbage. Sometimes I add red cabbage too. Add red onion, shredded carrots, and sliced radishes. Mix together with apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, vegan mayonnaise, sea salt, garlic powder, and pepper. When you mix it dive in with both hands. It blends so much better than using a spoon. This is one of my favorites.
Use baby portobello mushrooms, Spanish onions, red potato, sprouted brown rice, Bragg liquid aminos, sea salt, fresh garlic, and pepper. Saute the ingredients all together.
We do buy all of our vegetables and fruit at a local produce stand. Choose organic ingredients whenever you can. We get our daily protein mostly from other sources in our morning shake & other vegetables.
My Philosophy on Measuring... Just Go For It!
When I cook, I don't measure but I will say I'm a heavy user of spices to really add flavor. I keep it simple, but it is hard to put it together in a specific recipe format. Just 'got for it'. You'll learn a ton & you may just surprise yourself. We do have some healthy recipes on our website to help.
Why aren't vegetarian meals bland and boring? It's the spices! My spice staples are pink or sea salt, ground pepper, garlic powder, onion powder, chili powder, ground cumin, ground ginger, cayenne, curry powder, parsley flakes & dried oregano. I never choose spices that add 'salt', which is usually 'table salt'.