What I’m Eating Wednesdays

To be honest, I’m not even sure that “WIEW” is a thing…but today it is! For Lent I decided to go Vegetarian (which aligns nicely with my new cruelty free cosmetic and household status). Each year when it comes time to celebrate Lent, I try and sacrifice something challenging. This year it’s been enlightening and exciting. I’ve reignited a passion for cooking and Keith and I have spent more time together cooking different meals. He’s tried some of my vegetarian meals, too! What will happen once Lent is over? I’m not sure! We’ll just have to see. For now, feast your eyes on what I’ve been eating this week. 

 

 

Quinoa with kale, roasted red peppers, roasted eggplant, and asparagus.
Quinoa with kale, roasted red peppers, roasted eggplant, and asparagus.
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Green monster with a water base, 1 1/2 c. Kale, 1 banana, 1 tbsp. vegan raw vanilla protein powder and lots of ice.
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Tuscan vegetables (roasted red peppers, broccoli, zucchini, squash, julien carrots) rice, and marinara.
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Vegan chickpea salad (to sub for chicken salad). 1 c. chickpeas (ground in food processor), 1/2 c. hummus, 1/2 c. chopped celery, 1/2 c. carrots, 1 tsp paprika).

 

10 thoughts on “What I’m Eating Wednesdays

  1. Those are definitely interesting dishes! The smoothie is really interesting to me with it being water-based, but I guess it’s kind of the same as like juice, just with the thickness of a smoothie.

    Good luck!

  2. I’m glad that you’ve actually given up something challenging instead of the internet or chocolate or shopping for Lent. It’s nice to see that people are actually trying to do something challenging instead of complaining about how they can’t have ice cream anymore. I find it really pathetic & I’m not even religious nor do I care about lent, but my goodness, if you care enough to practice lent because you believe that someone sacrificed their life for your sins, then stop effin’ complaining about not being able to eat chocolate. *slaps people*

    Vegetarianism is pretty difficult, but once you get the hang of it, you realize how meat is unnecessarily in everything, even in pre-packaged foods. Make sure you’re getting all the protein & vitamins you need though! Some vegetarians/vegans make an uneducated transition & just carb load without getting their proper nutrients so they end up becoming really sick. If you’re really interested in staying vegetarian, you should watch some documentaries on the food industry. I think it’ll renew your interest in cooking healthy & determination to eat a certain why. Reading Fast Food Nation & watching Food, Inc. & other documentaries inspired me to give up meat. I can’t imagine going back to actively eating meat again. I eat every once in a while (like holidays), but other than that, I’d rather not. My morals hold true & that’s truly a learning experience because I didn’t give up. ๐Ÿ™‚

    The food you made looks fantastic! ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Thank you, Tiff! The chickpea salad came out great. It’s been a lifesaver for quick sandwiches to bring to work with me. It’s been a pretty easy transition thus far since we eat pretty healthy to begin with. When I do buy meat (Keith does not practice Lent, vegetarianism, religion, or anything else regardless of the time of year), I try to buy from the local farmer’s market. Beef from a steer or cow never makes it into our home. We eat bison and chicken and though I know there are no true “humane” farms, I try and support the ones that are in my state, are small, and are family run. We have some amazing health food stores that are owned by families which in turn allows me some amazing access to local meats and eggs. I am obsessed with learning about food, purchasing it as ethically as I can to fit my lifestyle (I refuse not to buy/cook something for Keith–that’s just not cool to me), and it’s been working. This Lent, I feel really awesome and it’s been a great spiritual experience and has helped Keith eat at least four meatless meals per week. ๐Ÿ™‚

      As for documentaries, I teach Rhetoric and we’ve watched a lot of documentaries about the food industry and other things similar. I was not surprised (but insanely horrified), and since I know that my diet may not always align with what’s completely moral, I switched to cruelty free, Leaping Bunny approved, household products and cosmetics. I figure if my diet isn’t always CF, at least my home and personal products can be. ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks for the great comment. <3 Feel free to send along any of your favorite recipes to me!

  3. Yum! I find that being vegetarian I’m eating a lot of the same things over & over. Your meals looks good! I bought quinoa for the first time but haven’t cooked it yet. I also tried kale for the first time too & added it into an orzo dish. Tried orzo for the first time too! Lol I’m into trying new stuff right now since I feel like I’m in a food rut.

    I love making spinach, almond milk & banana smoothies too!

  4. I’ve honestly been thinking about holding on my recipes and food pictures and just doing a big post on Sundays of the past week. It will make it easier for people to know when not to visit my blog, haha. I just want to come up with a couple theme days to blog.

    I can’t wait to see how your diet changes after Lent. I know a lot of people who do a vegeterian meal once a week.

    Seeing Quinoa makes me excited because it seems not a lot of people know what it is, I LOVE it! I used it in taco cups once to replace the rice.

    Chickpea salad is my weakness. I love chickpeas in general, and hummus – hummus is the best thing ever…next to chocolate.

    Changing your diet makes cooking a lot of fun because you get to play around and see what works & what doesn’t. That’s the main reason I cook as much as I do. Oh and you should look at some recipes on Post punk kitchen – theppk.com – it’s full of vegan recipes and even baking. And don’t forget to make kale chips!

  5. It’s great that you chose to become Vegetarian for lent which is beneficial to your health and body too. My friend gave up meat. You guys have mega will-power!! Good luck!

    I want to start doing more cooking too but cooking take up SO much time. It’s hard when you work long hours and then come home to do more work (contracting). The last couple weeks, I’ve just been making huge batches of Paleo shepard’s pie to eat throughout the weeks so I just heat it up when I get home. I think next week I’ll do pasta or lasgna….

  6. Looks yummy. I wish I had a live in cook. I’m usually too tired or lazy to cook these days. Hopefully that will change in the future.

  7. I was just about to say that I had an amazing kale and quinoa salad with albacore tuna the other day.. but it’s just as delicious as a vegetarian dish!

    chick peas are the best!

  8. Those look so good! I’ve been looking for different quinoa recipes myself. I want to cook with it, but I’m just not sure what to do with it. I’m not sure I could go vegetarian myself, but I do want to eat healthier.

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