Thursday, August 9, 2012

Ain't Got No Meat? Whatcha Gonna Eat?

Just because I consider this a bit of a fast (a Pagan Lent? *L*) doesn't meant I can't still eat delicious, nourishing food.  Now, because I have a gastric band, I will have to drink at least one protein shake a day.  There is a lot of protein to be found in vegetarian substitutes, but I have some special dietary needs, so it will be whey protein to the rescue.  I'll be consuming some eggs and dairy as well.

I have sort of started developing recipes, but the real testing and development will happen in the moment, when the produce I want to use is actually in season.  For now, though, I have a list that I am working on.  Here are some of the dishes that I will be experimenting with during the period between the old and new year:

Linguine frittata with greens - chard, etc.
Lentil burgers - I'll experiment with different spices
Majahdra - lentils and rice flavored with fried onions
Tofu scramble - That recipe is posted on here somewhere
Butternut squash lasagna - Another recipe that is on this blog somewhere
Tofu stir-fry with veggies and probably a peanut sauce
Stuffed cabbage - Using my lentil-walnut loaf mixture as a stuffing
Stuffed mushrooms
Roasted vegetable enchiladas
Roasted carrot and parsnip soup
Wild mushroom soup
Mushroom and polenta pie

I'm also working on a grain or rice salad that features the colors of Samhain.  I will probably have some of that on Samhain to mark my transition.  

Those are just a few of the ideas I have. I'm sure I'll feel creative enough once the produce is in season and the stores are decorated with squash and other autumn goodies.   Stay tuned, as always, for recipes.


Sapphire said...

Yep. We're doing a meatless day today, well MOSTLY meatless. I'm going to use beef broth in my lentil chili tonight :)

Mary@ marystestkitchen.com said...

Your list looks yummy! Just a tip about protein shakes, Vega is a great vegan alternative to whey powder. Because it's plant based, its really easy to absorb and has lots of other nutrients you might be missing. Anyway, I have it most days and my body craves it. I hope you try it. It's great that you're giving your body a break from meat. Peace and love :-)

JustComment said...

mmm, the mushroom polenta pie sounds interesting! If you're going the tofu route, there are so many variations. I always enjoyed a sticky, asian, bbq sauce: Rice wine vinegar, plum sauce, and black bean paste. Yum!