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.