28 days Crave Veggies (Day 7)
30 March 2014
Time for a Food Change
For the next month I will be turning to a vegetarian diet (no meat and fish) to help myself become a healthier and ‘feel better’ me – I’ve called this my 28 Days Crave Veggies Challenge. Before the challenge, I had been feeling sluggish and thought this challenge would be just the boost my body needed, I was also concerned that too many of my meals, whether it was eating out or at home, revolved around meat and I wanted to find out was meat really necessary? This challenge (I hope) will be a fantastic food experience of discovering new satisfying (new) meals packed with vegetables, whole grains and more. I’ve kicked the ‘habit’ of eating meat and giving the veggies a chance to take centre stage for a whole month!
Huge bowl of Bran flakes with sultanas and soya milk
Homemade meat-free vegetable packed lasagna. Using fresh vegetables – I used Quorn mince, 2 carrots, 1 large leek, 1 onion, 2 tins of tomatoes, plenty of herbs and seasoning and natural honey to soften the tartness from the tomatoes, a light tomato sauce and cheddar cheese make this vegetable lasagna recipe one of my favourites. I also made my own white lasagna sauce using (low-fat) 85g butter melted in a saucepan, 85g/3oz plain flour, then cook for 2 mins. Slowly whisked in 750ml/1¼pt semi-skimmed milk, then bring to the boil, stirring. Turn down heat, then cook until the sauce starts to thicken and coats the back of a wooden spoon.
As much as I love a meaty lasagna, when I had a slice of this veggie version, I really didn’t miss the meat, and the sweet, earthy flavours of this veggie classic were well worth the effort. I wanted seconds and if I could fit them, thirds! A veggie lasagna is definitely a must-make recipe for all meat-eaters to eat :)
Ended a colourful (veggie-licious) week with a smile and huge bowl of homemade apple cinnamon crumble with creamy vanilla custard… Life’s better with pudding!
Juicy and fresh Borough Market blood oranges. FIVE for £1.00!! – Unbelievable ‘eat fresh’ value (even the supermarkets might struggle to beat!)
It’s not so much about the label ‘vegetarian’ as it is about challenging myself to be more conscious of what I eat and how it impacts me physically. I’ll keep you updated daily on this blog and twitter on what I’m eating and how I’m progressing during the challenge. Bring on Day 8 – thanks for reading :) – Cindz