This summer our borderline vegetarian diet got a bit vegetarian-er. In an attempt to generally be healthier (and who knows, live longer?) I did some research, followed nutritionist blogs, and came up with a veg-centric plan that wouldn’t be too difficult for us to stick to…and we have for a few months now! Minus what happened on vacation of course, because clearly that does not count. In our diet plan, we…

  • – Eat no more than two servings of animal protein per week (chicken, fish, or egg only)
  • – Do not eat beef or pork
  • – Cut back on dairy, sugar, caffeine, and alcohol
  • – Buy more whole grains, leafy greens, and organic items

My body seems to be happier sans meat and we don’t really miss it, so here’s hoping we can keep this up for good. Already we are barely eating chicken and fish and I can’t remember the last time I bought either. (Eggs, on the other hand, are my weakness.) It’s been kinda fun discovering new veg recipes or recreating dishes I’ve made in the past minus the meat part. For instance, this chicken + quinoa recipe I adapted to be more veg-friendly.

  • Ingredients (serves 2 as main dish, or 4 as a side):
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 6 large cremini or shiitake mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup shelled edamame, cooked
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • sesame seeds for garnish
  • Dressing:
  • 3 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. toasted sesame oil
  • 2 Tbsp. low-sodium soy sauce
  • Splash of rice vinegar (optional)

1. Combine quinoa and broth in a medium pot and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to simmer, and cook for about 15 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.

2. Drizzle a little olive oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic and cook for 30 seconds, then add mushrooms and cook until softened, about 5 to 7 minutes.

3. Pour all dressing ingredients into a small bowl and whisk to combine.

4. In a large bowl, add cooked quinoa, mushrooms, edamame, and green onions. Pour dressing over the top and toss to combine. Garnish with sesame seeds and serve with extra soy sauce. Enjoy!

This warm, filling bowl of veggie goodness is like comfort food without the shame. Strict and semi-vegs alike, if you have a fave recipe/blog I should know about, please leave it in the comments!

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