I’ve wanted to be vegetarian since as long as I can remember. There has been this little bothersome voice in my head reminding me of the hypocrisy I’ve been living everyday. How can I love animals so much when I spend every single day supporting their deaths by eating their flesh? I’ve managed to find every excuse in the book for not turning vegetarian, from worrying about my protein intake (laughable when you see these two former meat loving bodybuilders turn Vegetarian – Youtube Link) to giving up my worlds biggest bacon lover title. After stumbling upon a number of slaughterhouses videos on Facebook and reading this one poem that stuck out to me like a sore thumb, I finally thought enough is enough, I can no longer justify hiding my eyes from all the lives I’ve taken for food consumption. I am not deserving or worthy of killing an innocent animal so why have I thought so for so long?
Before you start rolling your eyes at yet another animal loving, hippy living, meat bashing rant, realise that this is not one. I have spent 25 years eating meat and I will admit, Meat is delicious. Steak is delicious. Bacon is delicious. Fried chicken is delicious. I am a strong believer that everyone should have a choice…. but I’ve made mine and my choice should not affect anyone else around me. Throughout school, we are taught that everyone is different and to celebrate our differences. So why is when someone gives up meat, it is seen as a negative socially? Just a little plant-based food ;) for thought.
It’s been around 3 months since I’ve cut out poultry and my current diet is 85% vegetarian, 15% pescetarian. I have noticed slight changes in my energy levels and health but I’m not going to lie, I have also had a couple slip ups in that time! Once I’ve educated myself more on having a healthy plant based lifestyle choice, I will eliminate seafood. It has been a challenge at times and change won’t happen overnight, but any step towards veganism or vegetarianism to me, is a step in the right direction.
Now enough of the self evaluations! Here are some of my favourite HEALTHY pescetarian/vegetarian meals: (Not included, pictures of my nacho and pizza binges! oh fuck it, here’s a pic below)
FOREVER DREAMING OF NACHOS AND JALAPENO POPPERS
Homemade Veggie Lasagna:
Made with brown rice pasta sheets (Gf) and Eggplant as layers.
Salmon on a mixed chilli bean salad with avocado, feta, jalapeños and spring onion.
Pulled Salmon (seasoned with Manuka honey and chilli powder) with Sweet Potato Wedges
Salmon and Sweet potato cakes
Gluten Free Fish Tacos
Tomato Chickpea Curry
Quorn Shepards Pie
A salmon burger w/ avo, feta and caramelised onions and lemon roasted brussel sprouts and sweet potato.
Omelette 1: 3 egg chia seed omellete with crumbed feta, spinach, onion and pesto
A Chickpeas, capsicum, spinach, cucumber, red onion, halloumi and crispy noodles with an apple cider vinegar dressing salad
Omelette 2: chia seeds, 3 eggs (2 whole, 1 egg white) midget trees, tomato, red onion, olives, goats milk feta and a dash of cayenne pepper
Quinoa, cayenne peppered salmon, brocolli and goats milk feta mashup salad
Chilli cauliflower rice with cashews, raisins and chickpeas.
If you want to know any of the recipes, shoot me a comment and i’ll direct the info your way :)