“So, just what do you eat if you don’t eat meat?” I can’t even begin to count the number of times someone has asked me (usually with a look of shock and horror on their face) this very question. It’s as if when the word “vegetarian” is uttered all of the other food groups mysteriously vanish and “meat” abruptly takes on the importance of oxygen or water. Suddenly meat has a category at the base of Maslov’s Hierarchy Pyramid –
Biological and Physical Needs … No, No scratch that – it should read “MEAT” and solely that. Ok, maybe this is a bit of an exaggeration. Most people are becoming more accustomed to plant-based diets, and most omnivores are pretty cool about it. However, I still get the occasional strange look or weird comment. For example, Just the other day I was in Subway, and the girl next to me in line inquired about my Veggie Sub. When I told her that I never eat meat, her eyes widened and she matter-of-factly said, “well you’re still alive…” Well, I sure hope so! I guess I’m living proof that abstaining from meat will not cause you to perish! LOL – I live with meat-eaters, so I’m used to the occasional joke at my expense.
So, just what do vegetarians eat – you ask? Well, I would like to show you! Here are some of my favorite vegetarian meals and snacks! I want to show the world that adhering to a vegetarian diet is simple and fun. There are so many options out there for vegetarians and vegans that one’s diet will never lack variety or flavor. My husband sometimes jokes that I should label my food pictures with the hash-tag #noflavor – however, I think even he would agree that the items posted here are delicious, flavorful, and far from boring!
Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Incredible Cream Cheese Frosting
These Carrot Cake Cupcakes with Incredible Cream Cheese Frosting are to die for… and are vegan! They were easy to make, and from the picture you can see turned out great! My sister’s boyfriend tried one and said that he couldn’t even tell they were vegan -in fact, he ate two. These quickly became a favorite in my family. I found the recipe on a great blog called Lisa’s Project:Vegan. Click here for the recipe!
Here is a good idea for a healthy treat – Fruit Kabobs! I had some guests over, so I decided to make this easy and fun treat. You can add any type of fruit that you so desire to the Kabob sticks. I choose grapes, blueberries, strawberries, and bananas. If you coat them with a little lemon juice, it will keep the fruit from browning.
DINNER – QUICK and EASY
Farmer’s Market Veggies and Mac & Cheese
This was a quick and easy dinner I made one night when I was short on time. I threw together some veggies we had purchased at the farmer’s market and made a salad, steamed some green beans, and heated up some leftover mac and cheese. Voila – a healthy, delicious meal in a matter of minutes!
Strawberries, Mint, and Mineral Water
This summer I was absolutely obsessed with making this drink. I would cut up some organic strawberries and add the fruit to sparkling mineral water – along with some fresh mint sprigs. This made for a fabulously refreshing summer drink.
DINNER – Well Worth the Wait
These next items took a little longer to make, but they were well worth the extra effort!
Spicy Vegan Chili Burgers
The Lunch Box Bunch – Happy. Healthy. Life. blog boasts a fantastic recipe for Spicy Vegan Chili Burgers – even my omnivorous husband likes them. They are delicious and full of flavor. This is by far my favorite veggie burger! I like to top mine with extra kale, sprouts, and Vegenaise. I think these burgers could turn even the most hardcore carnivore into a plant based food junkie overnight 😉
Here is another shot of the veggie burger, along with broccoli, chips, and my husbands recipe for homemade salsa. Yum! Please check out the recipe for the burgers here!
Homemade spinach and cheese pizza
Here is my first attempt at making a homemade pizza, and the crust was even made from scratch. I found the recipe is a cookbook called Vegan Planet.
So, what do vegetarians eat you ask? Well, we pretty much eat the same types of food that you do – just minus the meat. Pizza, burgers, sweet treats – you name it and I can just about guarantee that there is a vegetarian alternative out there somewhere. Hope you enjoyed my pictures and the vegetarian food ideas…and this is just the tip of the iceberg. There is so much more out there.
What do you think about vegetarian food options? Would you try any of the food choices listed above? Leave me a comment – I would love you hear from you!