One thing I have been thinking about during my busy work week are my eating habits. Since I work night shift at a hospital I eat meals at strange and unconventional times. I usually will eat dinner when I wake up in the evening and then will have a yogurt and granola bar overnight (with lots of coffee and water!). However, lately I have noticed that I have not been doing that great of a job eating well. There is always room for improvement, right? Last weekend while at a friend's birthday party sparked an idea for how I could make changes. A mutual friend was talking about how he considers himself a “flegan”. Yes, you read that right, flegan. A flexible vegan. Since he doesn’t have food allergies that constrain him to being 100% vegan he adopted the idea of being a flegan. I thought about that concept and how it applies to my eating habits as I (try my best) follow the vegetarian lifestyle.
I have been an off-and-on-again vegetarian since college when I wanted to try a new diet for marathon training. Personally, I like being a vegetarian because I feel lighter, have more energy, my skin appears more hydrated, and I love trying out new recipes! However, I must confess that I do occasionally have times where I will eat meat, mainly chicken or pork. Can you tell where this is headed?! Flegetarianism! Okay, that’s a stretch but you get what I mean. With that, I think there is always time to look at our habits, whatever they may be, and find ways to adjust them. If you are a vegetarian, great! I’d love to hear from you about recipe ideas and/or advice! If you’re thinking of maybe adopting a few vegetarian meals into your recipe cycle, awesome! You came to the right place. Below you will find my top 5 favorite completely meatless meals! Bon appetite!
// Southwestern Quinoa Salad with Creamy Avocado Dressing //
Alright, raise your hand if you like anything with avocados! This recipe from Vegangela.com is seriously so delicious and a refreshing dish to make in the summer. Not only is it packed with protein it also serves very well as leftovers.
// Tofu + Black Bean Tacos //
Tofu is probably one of my favorite foods to explore with. There are so many different ways you can cook and serve it! Doesn’t hurt either that it is packed with protein, iron, and calcium. I like this recipe from Whole Foods because it has simple ingredients and the scrambled tofu mimics ground turkey or beef. Also, who doesn’t love tacos!!
// Roasted Vegetable and Quinoa Harvest Bowl //
One of my favorite websites for recipes is theminimalistbaker.com. All of her recipes contain 10 or less ingredients and the meals are done in about a half hour. Score! This harvest bowl recipe is seriously so delicious and filling it is perfect for a damp and chilly Minnesotan day. I also like it because you can choose your favorite vegetables and really make it your own!
//Cauliflower Rice Stuffed Peppers //
If you’re like me and love stuffed peppers you need to try this one from The Minimalist Baker! Since this recipe yields anywhere from 2-6 stuffed peppers it makes for a great date night meal or dinner party entrée.
// Quick & Easy Indian Curry Quinoa //
Ok, this recipe is hands down one of my all time faves. However, make sure you get unsweetened coconut milk or you’ll end up with a terribly sweet dish! Not that that has ever happened before or anything. ;) Seriously though, this recipe really opened my eyes to the wonderful world of curry. You can play around with how intense you’d like the curry to be and even add sautéed peppers for added color and bulk.
Are you hungry yet?
Have a great week!