Around the half-way mark of my pregnancy, my husband and I were inspired to make a conscious effort to eat less meat and incorporate more vegetarian meals into our lifestyle. To get the process started, we created a fully vegetarian meal plan for the week and went shopping. Imagine my surprise when two days into the adventure, Mr. M came home from work announcing he was officially a vegetarian. This was a record scratch moment for me. To make a long story short, Mr. M felt a huge shift in his body that was so positive he decided to fully pursue vegetarianism. I did not feel this shift, but fully supported him (I’ve never been a huge meat eater as is). So, from that moment on, we’ve been eating vegetarian at home. I occasionally buy meat for my own meals, but for the most part, we eat vegetarian at home.
Vegetarianism from my perspective requires more planning, and more prep time. So, we really try to meal plan when possible (which, with a newborn isn’t always!) as it does make life easier.
I wanted to share with you a week of meals from some of our favourite recipes we’ve added to our arsenal.
Monday – Veggies and Lentils in Peanut Sauce
This dish by Vegan Richa is hands down my absolute favourite vegetarian dish. The flavour is bang on and it’s a great source of protein. I’ve recommended this dish to many people and I have never heard a bad review. Just promise you’ll add broccoli. This dish is also vegan.
Tuesday – Roasted Chickpea and Broccoli Burritos
Thug Kitchen is one of our favourite recipe books, and this is easily the best recipe in their book. Thug Kitchen is all vegan; however, I am all about adding the sour cream and cheese to these wraps.
This Mealime dish was recommended to me and has quickly become a favourite in the rotation. Do not skip the thyme, and make sure it’s fresh!
We also love Oh She Glows for sourcing recipes, and this recipe from her newest book is delicious! Mr. M and I aren’t big on cooked tomatoes, and skipped the can of tomatoes. We didn’t miss it at all (obviously). Oh She Glows is all vegan as well.
Friday – Lemon Quinoa Salad
One of my best friends brought us this dish she created shortly after our little peep was born and it is incredible. I usually make some chicken to go with it, and Mr. M (as shown in the photo) adds falafels. It’s possible to make this dish vegan.
- 1 cup of uncooked quinoa
- zest of 1.5 lemons
- juice of one lemon
- 1-2 tbsp of olive oil
- juice of one lemon
- zest of half of lemon
- 3 tbsp of olive oil
- 2 cloves of minced garlic
- salt and pepper
- baby spinach
- diced cucumber
- diced bell peppers
- chopped green onions
- slivered almonds
- lemon hummus (I buy the President’s Choice brand, they also sell a version at Whole Foods)
- feta cheese (optional)
- Cook quinoa according to directions. Add lemon zest, lemon juice, and olive oil to quinoa and stir. Set aside.
- While quinoa is cooking, mix dressing and whisk together.
- Layer salad with proportions of choice on top of generous helping of the mixed quinoa (you can do the quinoa cold or hot). Toss with dressing. I tend to do about 1-2 tbsp of hummus per plate. It adds a delicious edge to the dish.
Do you have any favourite vegetarian recipes to share?