“If you don’t eat meat, what do you eat?”
I get it all the time. The general assumption for vegetarians is that, given we don’t eat meat, we simply eat nothing and we just eventually wilt away and die. Yep.
I’m here to let you know I’m still trucking along and I show no signs of wilting away at any time in the near future. (My scale tells me that every morning.)
But, seriously. Is that really the world we live in? It boggles my mind to think that we believe a meal must be based around meat.
If you don’t eat meat, you simply are not getting enough protein. How do you maintain muscle mass if you only eat vegetables? Isn’t your fiber intake on overload? I hate vegetables; how do you do it? I have to have my cheeseburgers.
All of these are valid questions and comments that I hear on a daily basis. Do I have all the knowledge in the world about the pros and cons of eating a vegetarian diet? Absolutely not. Do I eat a vegetarian diet for health or ethical reasons? Both. Do I ever crave meat? Honestly, not at all. Am I getting enough protein? First of all, know that our bodies do not need the amount of protein we are accustomed to believing. And yes, I get plenty.
This post is basic, and that is my very intention. I want to make you aware of just how many meatless options there are. And by no means will I list all of them, but I will list what we eat on a regular basis just to get your veggie gears turning.
The idea here is quick and easy meals for on-the-go working people. If you’re like us, you give yourself no more than 15 minutes to brush your teeth and throw on some clothes before running out the door in a full-on sprint in the mornings. Quick and easy breakfast ideas to the rescue!
Overnight Oats — There are hundreds of recipes online. Here is one of our favorites. (Organic oats, almond milk, almond butter, chia seeds, strawberries & shredded coconut)
Peanut Butter Banana Shake — Almond milk, peanut butter, banana, kale. Throw in the blender, blend, GO.
Super Smoothies — Any combination of almond milk, spinach, berries, banana, ground flax seed, chia seeds, etc. Blend and go.
Greek Yogurt — Saute a banana in coconut oil and add to your yogurt. Top with pecan pieces for a healthy and filling breakfast.
Banana & Peanut Butter — Simple as that.
“Bars” — We love LaraBars. Typical “granola bars” have more ingredients in them than I can possibly count, so do yourself a favor and skip that garbage. Here are some of our favorite LaraBar flavors. (Keep these on hand, as they are always convenient for road trips.)
Peanut Butter Sandwich
Nuts, seeds — Salt and Pepper Pistachios from Trader Joe’s will rock your world.
Salad — Make the night before and store the dressing in a separate container. Add nuts, seeds and dried fruit to make it more filling.
Dinner Leftovers — This is key. Make enough dinner the night before to take for lunch the next day. So simple and time efficient!
Trader Joe’s Organic Lentil Vegetable Soup — One of the best canned soups you will ever eat and no weird ingredients to boot!
Egg Sandwiches — Fry up an egg and add your favorite toppings to this easy-to-make sandwich.
Summertime Tomato and Goat Cheese Sandwiches — This one just applies to Summer when you can get those juicy garden tomatoes. Store this recipe away for now.
Spaghetti — This can be as simple or complex as you feel like making it. Be on the lookout for a family tradition Angel Hair Tomato Basil Toss recipe later this week.
Couscous & Beans — Prepare couscous according to package. Top with beans and your own concoction of spices and veggies. Get creative!
Sweet Potato Hash
Stuffed Mushrooms — Stuff baby portabella mushrooms with goat cheese and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes.
Crock Pot Recipes — Make use of the Crock Pot that you’ve had stored under your kitchen counter for years. Dust that baby off and make it do the work for you. Soup and chili season is here, folks!
Jump out of your comfort zone and experiment a little. You’ll be amazed at what you can come up with. Do you have questions or ideas you would like to share with me? What are some of your favorite vegetarian-friendly meals? Send me a message via the link on the right-hand side of the page. I would love to hear from you!
I hope this list wraps your mind around the fact that finding meatless options is very feasible. You’re talking to the girl who orders a side of broccoli, a sweet potato and a salad when dining at an upscale Steak House. It’s doable. I promise. Have no shame….