These are my favorite vegetarian foods

Everybody always wants to know what I eat.

Surprise, there’s so much more to life than eating animals 🐷🐔🦃🐄

I’m not perfect, I eat eggs sometimes and fish or shrimp probably once a month. I get it, we’ve been told our whole lives a meal isn’t a meal unless there’s meat.

More: Why I stopped eating meat (hint: cute pig involved)

It took me a while to convince myself that a main course can be a vegetable, pasta (edamame pasta preferably), beans or a substitute like tofu.

(Note: I’m not an expert, just explaining what I do and what works for me.)

Here’s what I’m eating these days:

1. Edamame

Too much soy is bad depending on who you talk to. I eat soy in different forms several times a week. Edamame is great steamed in shell or my favorite is to cook the individual beans and store them in the fridge to add to salad and wraps. They’re a good source of protein and good carbs.

We make an amazing salad or wrap filling using broccoli slaw, cold edamame, red onion, cucumber, hemp seeds and topped with a little olive oil, red wine vinegar and a few spices. You can add diced cheese for extra flavor. It stores well in the fridge for a day or two (the slaw doesn’t get soggy) and can be eaten on its own or in a wrap.

2. Sweet potatoes

This is my current obsession. Yes it’s a starchy carb but it’s on my good can list. We mix sautéed onions, hemp seeds and sautéed sweet potato rounds and top with over easy eggs. SO GOOD.

I also like to mix sweet potatoes with a bunch of other veggies and toss with hemp seeds for an easy lunch at work.

3. Nut tacos

Don’t laugh! It sounds funny but they are so good. I bake and top with avocado, spinach and red onion. Michael likes them, too. It’s great when you’re craving a junk(ish) dinner.

4. Protein bars

These save me in a bind. I bounce between vegan and non-vegan versions. The non-vegan versions have more protein. I look for 20g of protein and less than 30g of carbs. ONE Bars are one of my favorites.

More: Try this vegan chili recipe
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5: Chia seeds

I’m hooked on chia pudding right now. Just mix the ingredients and cool in the refrigerator for an hour or two or overnight and then top with your faves,

• 2C almond milk
• 1/2C chia
• 1 scoop PB protein powder
• toppings like sliced strawberries and almonds

More:

• Hemp seeds
Amy’s No Chicken Noodle Soup is a good pantry staple
Tofu dumplings from Publix

More: Do you spend more money when you stop eating meat?

Bonus

I posted a friend’s review of the Beyond Burger a few months ago. I’ve finally had the chance to try it for myself.

Some very sweet friends of ours brought these on their boat for us to enjoy while we grilled out at the sandbar. They were great! The burger definitely gave us our burger fix. It’s true, they smell, taste and had the texture of a real burger.

A few restaurants carry the burgers now so it’s REALLY nice to have that option when we go out to eat.

 

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