Vegetarian Eats

Week One of Vegetarian eating. The hardest thing is remembering that I cannot eat certain things. Eating vegetarian requires a conscious effort. 
Breakfasts at home are typically vegetarian, so this isn’t anything new. 
I’ve been on an oat bran kick, and Lennie usually rotates cereal (if he’s pressed for time) and eggs and toast. Sometimes I overachieve and make pancakes. Regular for him, coconut for me
After the Hot Chocolate 15K, we walked over to Brunch for breakfast. Luckily, they had their vegetarian items marked with a little “V” symbol, so it made it easy to narrow in on my options. 

I went with the Veggie Benny and it was a total winner. I will be ordering again, regardless if I am eating vegetarian or not.

Prior to this, my husband had not tried any meat substitutes, so I was careful with my selections. I eat these Morningstar Tomato & Basil Pizza Burgers on the regular and I think they taste like pizza, so I figured he would like them (based on the amount of pizza he consumes).

When he was home for lunch, I put together a little toasted sandwich featuring one of the “pizza patties”. He actually liked it, but declared, “You do know this tastes nothing like a burger?“. Yes, I know, but it is delicious. 
I recently saw Christina post this recipe for Vegan Chili, and after scanning the ingredients, I realized I had everything except corn, so I threw it together and let it simmer for a couple hours. 

I paired it with some skillet cornbread (boxed) and made it un-vegan by adding low fat sour cream. This was so good, I didn’t miss the meat at all. I can definitely see myself making this throughout the colder months.

Another dinner that is easy to vegetarian-ize? taco bowls. I cooked quinoa with veggie broth and salsa, and some pinto beans with garlic and cumin and put out all the fixings. 
We’re eating pretty well over here…

Are you a fan of spicy foods? I love spicy stuff, but sometimes it doesn’t love me. 

You you eat at the table every night?  

  • Amy B @ Second City Randomness

    I’m doing veggie chili this weekend. Mostly because I’m out of ground beef (my parents bring it to me straight from the farm- true story) and I’m trying to slim down my grocery expenses.

    And to answer your question- the spicier it is, the better!

  • Christina

    Yes, the chili! So glad you liked it. :) I made it again Monday night, and as I sat down to eat it, I thought “Gosh, whyyyy didn’t I make cornbread!?” Next time, my friend. Next time.

  • Katie

    I’ve become obsessed with Sriracha sauce! It’s dangerous… And I don’t think being a vegetarian would be good for me since I can’t eat soy, that leaves me with eggs and beans (and beans don’t agree too well with my stomach)

  • Lindsay @ Running the Windy City

    Chili is one of my favorite things to make in the winter and it’s a great way to get in veggie protein!

    I’m glad the challenge hasn’t been too difficult for you so far!

  • christina

    I love spicy foods! The chili looks really good :)