Answering The Age Old Question: So, What DO You Eat?

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“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!

 Sweet Treats

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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!

Fruit Kabobs

Fruit Kabobs

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

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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

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

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 😉

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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

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!

Erbert And Gerbert’s: “V” for Vegetarian

Subs, Soup, and More….

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  Hibbing Location
4130 9th Ave West
Hibbing, Mn 55746

Located in the Hibbing Marketplace

If you happen to find yourself on the Iron Range and are in need of a quick lunch, might I suggest giving Erbert And Gerbert’s of Hibbing a try? Erbert And Gerbert’s or “Erbs & Gerbs” as I like to call it is a great little sub shop located in the Hibbing Marketplace that boasts a wide array of sub sandwiches, soups, and chips. However, considering this is a vegetarian blog, the meat free items will be the main topic of focus.

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The Subs:

Erbert And Gerbert’s offers two Vegetarian Subs on your choice of wheat or white bread; The Pudder, and The Jacob Bluefinger. The green “V” symbol on the menu designates that these items are vegetarian.

  • The Jacob Bluefinger is a classic flavor sub. Provolone cheese, tomato, avocado, lettuce, and mayo combine to make up the filling of this delicious sandwich. I usually ask to have a pickle added to my sub when ordering the Jacob Bluefinger.
  • The Pudder is your typical peanut butter and jelly sandwich. It comes with creamy peanut butter and your choice of strawberry jam or grape jelly. If cheese is something you exclude from your diet, The Pudder might be a good choice… Plus you can’t go wrong with PB&J!
  • FYI ~  Erbert and Gerbert’s is known for scooping out “The Guts” of the bread and placing it directly on top of the sub sandwich. This extra part of the bread can be used for dipping in their delicious soups… or just eating plain – either way it is nice that the remainder of the bread doesn’t go to waste. They even have an online mascot called “Mr. Guts!” You can view his webpage here.
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“The Guts” of the bread!

The Soups:

Similar to the sandwiches, the vegetarian soup options, are designated with a “V” on the menu. Unfortunately, none of their soups appears to be vegan. I’m hoping someday they might decided to add a vegan vegetable soup to their lineup, but until then here are the vegetarian options:

  •   Cheddar Cheese and Broccoli – Vegetable stock soup with broccoli and cheddar cheese.
  • Tomato Basil Parmesan- Tomato, cream cheese, parmesan cheese, and Worcestershire are the main ingredients. I contacted E&G support regarding the Worcestershire sauce on the ingredient list. Traditionally Worcestershire is made with anchovies, and I wanted to be sure that this version was 100% vegetarian. I received a lightning fast response from their menu director stating the sauce is indeed vegetarian. I was very impressed with the fast and friendly reply! 🙂

 

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Cheddar Cheese and Broccoli soup along with “The Guts” of the bread

 The Review:

 This Particular visit to Erbert and Gerbert’s I choose the Jacob Bluefinger sub, Broccoli and Cheddar cheese soup, and Salt and Vinegar chips. I stopped in and ordered my food to go, but you can eat-in, or they do deliver as well. However, the atmosphere is quite nice for a fast food establishment. The service, as usual, was fast and friendly, and in no time I had my food and was on my way.

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The sub was delicious, the bread tasted fresh baked, and the soup was hot and comfortingly satisfying – just the thing on a cold Minnesota evening!

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All in all I do suggest trying Erbert and Gerbert’s Hibbing location when visiting “The Range” and looking for a quick vegetarian bite to eat.

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 Don’t forget to grab a bag of chips…

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…or to try one of their giant pickles!

Please check out Erbert and Gerbert’s website for more information.

Have you eaten at Erbert and Gerbert’s? What did you think? Please leave me a comment! I would love to hear from you! 🙂

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