I am sure you have picked up I am trying to live a healthier, kinder to the environment life. It is a process, the plastic-free living in particularly is getting me down but we are trying to reduce as much as we can. Last week David and I decided to cut out meat, there are a few reasons I decided to try this, it is obviously a less processed way of eating which I want to try introduce to our whole family. (I am not sure the older kids are as open to no meat as I am, but if we can reduce it will be a win).
I am not going completely vegan, just meat free with a reduction in eggs and milk. I am lactose free but the milk I generally use is still dairy, just with the lactose removed.
So it has been just over a week and so far it’s been easier than I thought and I am not craving meat or getting hungry at all. I have learnt a few things though.
- It takes some planning. I can whip up a mince dish in a few minutes or throw some chicken in the oven but coming up with veggie meals has been challenging because I have to think a bit but this week so far it has been easier.
- There is so much you can make, not just salads and stir-fries. We haven’t had salads once and only had a stir-fry on Sunday, mainly because I wasn’t in the mood to cook.
- Home-made mayonnaise never tastes like the store bought stuff but it is still yummy. I literally threw some ingredients into the blender and it came out well.
- Quiche is not as easy to make as one (me) may have assumed. I made one last night and all the cheese stayed on the top? I will admit I was in a hurry so will try it again.
- Eating out is a challenge, I ordered delicious Indian last week and they had a pretty nice selection but I was at 2 restaurants on the weekend for kids parties and there was slim pickings.
- Snacks are not as easy as they were. I know nuts are a great snack but they also aren’t cheap so I will stock up at month end. Biltong was my go to snack, protein packed and super easy to grab on the go. I am enjoying the Smart Bites Veggie Bites from Clicks but the kids like them too so it’s a mad dash to see who can eat them the fastest (and the kids usually beat me, they have youth on their side :-p)
Honestly I am not sure if this is a long term thing or if it will be a case of more veggies than meat. Christmas is coming and I am not sure I can not have gammon on Christmas Day. I am working out pretty hard at the moment, 4 times a week and my energy levels haven’t suffered. For now it is working.
Are any of you vegan/vegetarian? If you are please share your favourite recipes, homemade snacks etc.