Meat-Free – Lessons From Week 1 (and 2)

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).Meat-free, lessons learnt so far | HarassedMom

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.

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  • 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. Meat-free, lessons learnt so far | HarassedMom

Are any of you vegan/vegetarian? If you are please share your favourite recipes, homemade snacks etc. 

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23 Comments

  1. 18 September, 2018 / 8:52 pm

    I’m sure there are so many options. I’m such a meat eater but I’ve definitely limited to more healthy options.

  2. 19 September, 2018 / 4:08 am

    How does one even make quiche ?! Lol

  3. 21 September, 2018 / 12:35 am

    I tried going meat free and it was a disaster. However, some of the best dishes I’ve ever had were vegetarian.

  4. 21 September, 2018 / 2:09 am

    I’ve gone pescatarian-ish (with dairy + eggs) in the past, but after a while, I fell off that. It wasn’t really a lifestyle change, really, just a pattern in the choices I was making for food.

  5. 21 September, 2018 / 1:25 pm

    I am trying to reduce the meat eat for less time a week. And I do agree with all that you say.

  6. 21 September, 2018 / 8:09 pm

    Interesting. I have been vegetarian most of my life, heading towards vegan now. Things have definitely got better in terms of being able to eat out, grab snacks etc here in the UK. Hope you continue well on your journey, there are so many amazing things you can eat – honest!

    P.S. Head over to the food section on my blog for lots of vegetarian and vegan recipes, or take a look at my Pinterest boards for inspiration 😉

  7. 21 September, 2018 / 9:18 pm

    I eat a little bit of poultry and fish, but nothing else. I love vegetarian meals and as a family we probably eat half of our dinners without meat each week. One really good cookbook that I like is called Love Real Food by Cookie and Kate. Lots of good options, including snacks!

  8. 22 September, 2018 / 6:43 am

    My toddler is Vegetarian! lol I love veggies so much I could also be. With that said, what are some protein options when you don’t eat meat? Is it nuts and legumes mainly? Thanks so much for this post!

  9. 22 September, 2018 / 3:55 pm

    There are a lot of great options with healthy eating. I notice kids enjoy the food (meat or vegetartian) if it is colorful, they are involved in the prep, and if everyone is eating the same things.

  10. 23 September, 2018 / 2:27 am

    You’re doing great! I’m pescatarian but mainly eat vegetarian. I don’t miss meat either. My family still eats chicken and turkey. I just substitute a protein for myself. As for snacks. I do eat lots of nuts and dried fruits. We stay stocked with fresh fruits and veggies too for snacking.

  11. 23 September, 2018 / 2:34 pm

    Having a Peruvian hubby, I cook a lot of bean dishes. There are so many varieties and ways to combine them with other ingredients, it may be a good fit for you, and keep you from getting bored with veggies.
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  12. Lexi
    23 September, 2018 / 4:57 pm

    I’ve been thinking about doing this too! I don’t think fully meatless but maybe meatless 5 days a week. I also worry that the food will be harder to cook, it’s so easy just to throw some chicken in a pan!

  13. 23 September, 2018 / 6:43 pm

    Wow so colorful and yummy, I want to make some to reduce meat

  14. 24 September, 2018 / 4:58 am

    Love this! I am a vegetarian myself and have been since I was little. I just don’t like the taste of meat and my kids have been brought up with eating mainly fruit and veggies. It is true that being a vegetarian I feel like takes a lot more prep time!

  15. 24 September, 2018 / 3:56 pm

    Eating less meat is a wonderful idea! I have been trying and find making snacks in the beginning of the week helps

    • Laura-Kim
      Author
      25 September, 2018 / 4:00 pm

      It is all about planning isnt it.

  16. 24 September, 2018 / 5:59 pm

    We’ve been trying to eat less meat in our house too. These look delicious

    • Laura-Kim
      Author
      25 September, 2018 / 4:00 pm

      ooohhh that sounds like such a clever idea. I am going to try that next time

  17. 26 September, 2018 / 12:58 am

    Check out Life’s A Treat blog of Puveshree. She’s vegan

  18. Anna
    27 September, 2018 / 9:26 pm

    This look so delicious, my husband and I has been trying to watch what we eat especially. Eating less meat definitely great, we eat more fish and stuff like that. Gonna try this one.

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