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Easier than I thought

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

I'm happy to report that giving up meat has been far easier than I thought it would be this time around and I'm really not missing it. It helps that my brother has also gone fully vegetarian at the same time and that I have a good understanding of nutrition.

Back in my 20s when I first explored the vegetarian lifestyle it was much harder. There wasn't as much information out there and I was a bit of a purist ashewing meat analogues and cooking all my meals from scratch. It was mainly pulses and raw salads, there where few convenient vegetarian options, no tofu, tempeh or seitan available. Of course seitan for me is out as I'm wheat intolerant, but I love tofu. Tempeh is a work in progress.

These days there are far more options but you still have to be very discerning in what you choose to avoid too much salt, sugar and unhealthy fat. I prefer fewer ingredients in my convenience foods and if I can't pronounce it and the list is longer than I am then I'm not buying it. I also make it a rule that if the main dish for my meal doesn't provide at least 10 grams of protein, I also won't buy. I try to get all my protein from the foods I eat but I do use plant based protein powder supplements if I need to.

I've always enjoyed cooking although the method has changed since I became disabled and I use ready prepared and frozen ingredients, plus my microwave and slow cooker most of the time. Prep is generally just a matter of measuring things out. I do like stir-frys as they are very quick especially as I like my veggies still crunchy and I can't spend long sitting at the stove unsupported without my back complaining. I also like to eat a lot of vegetables raw and will put whatever I have in my fridge into a salad with some cooked pulses, grains, nuts or cheese and a nice homemade dressing. So I'm looking forward to warmer days.

Being pescatarian I still eat fish but I generally just sprinkle with different seasoning mixes and oven bake with a little olive oil in parcels. Quick and easy.

I'm making us a lentil and cashew nut roast for Easter Sunday lunch. My brother's cooking the veggies. Here's the recipe if you're interested.
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    This is truly the best vegetarian bean burger recipe I've ever seen (and I've been a vegetarian since 1995):
    649 days ago
    It sounds like you do most of your cooking like I do. I use frozen veggies and fruit, also some fish. Mostly Toaster Oven, crockpot and microwave. I try to limit sodium so have given up most cheeses, and all other dairy. Mostly soy now. I am 86 old vegetarian and have been for over 60 years. I do not need to lose weigh or do not have high blood pressure or diabetes Nice to see that I am not only cook that likes convenience. I prefer soups to salads. Most fresh salads give me a hard time. Would like to add you as a friend. Hang in there.
    667 days ago
    Well done! I get disappointed when people think that they won't get enough protein from a vegetarian diet, truth is most people exceed their daily need by a large margin, either on a plant or meat based diet. Good on you and thanks for sharing the recipe! emoticon
    667 days ago
    That's great! I was vegetarian for years a long time ago. Sounds like you got it!
    667 days ago
    I don't think I could get enough protein
    667 days ago
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