my veggie journey

Becoming a vegetarian was never really my intention or actually on my radar. Then one summer I was perusing books in the local library for baking books when I found The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone (you know Cher from Clueless). I took the book home and what I read completely changed my outlook on food and beauty products. Soon after reading that book I ruled out milk from my diet followed by all types of meat. My parents were so shocked that their bacon loving daughter had made such a drastic diet change. My reasons for becoming a vegetarian are multi-layered and very much inspired by the quote "Don't eat anything you wouldn't kill yourself". I found this especially powerful because today we are so removed from where our food comes from and as a result we consume animal products at such high levels that the environment is suffering. Once I started my journey I found several resources especially helpful in informing me and the people in my life. I would really recommend the documentary Cowspiracy for more information about the effects of agribusiness on the environment and human health.

I have been a vegetarian for just over two years now and I can honestly say I don't miss one thing about meat but that is not to say it wasn't hard in the beginning. I found some great resources to supplement my diet and cook in ways that are incredibly nutritious to the body. The following books are ones I highly recommend! ( Deliciously Ella by Ella Woodward and Eat Pretty by Jolene Hart)

When I first started my journey I found Pinterest to be really helpful at figuring out new recipes with ingredients I was already familiar with. I found the following recipe to be so delicious that even my most carnivorous friends enjoyed it.

Spinach and Chickpea Curry

1 bag of spinach
1 15oz can of chickpeas
2 tbs of tomato paste
1 can of coconut milk
1 box of mushrooms
4 tbs green onions
2 cups of quinoa
2 tbs of curry powder

Start boiling water for the quinoa and once that begins to boil add the coconut milk to a pot on medium heat and then add chickpeas and let simmer for several minutes. Mix the tomato paste with the curry powder and then gradually stir into the coconut milk mixture. After two minutes add the mushrooms and salt and pepper to taste. Let simmer for five minutes and then add spinach. Serve over rice and top with green onions. This recipe is super filling and also vegan!! 

I am not saying everyone needs to become a vegetarian but I do believe that we should all strive to consumer fewer animal products for our health as well as the planets. I would love to hear more yummy veggie recipes or answer any questions about going veggie. I hope you all enjoyed this post!


1 comment

  1. I love the layout of your blog! I've been vegetarian for exactly a week today. So this post is very timely. I'm definitely going to try that curry chickpea/spinach/quinoa recipe. Probably tonight actually. Thanks for sharing!



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