It can be tricky sometimes as a vegetarian living with a couple of meat eaters. The dilemma I often face is, how do I feed my family as well as myself without having to cook two completely different meals? I find the best way around this is by being prepared. As long as I’ve got a variety of nuts in the pantry, a packet of leafy greens and a jar of previously made dressing in the fridge I’m good to go. In fact, that’s exactly how my Rainbow Salad Bowl with Green Goddess Dressing came to be.
This whole vegetarian thing I’ve been doing lately has been a real trip. No, not because I’m discovering new and obscure super
expensive foods to cook with, but because it’s helped me use everyday ordinary foods in ways I never would have imagined. Take my Vegan Tuna Wrap for example. If you had told me 12 months ago I’d be making myself vegan tuna for lunch I would have laughed in your face.
I have a confession to make.
I used to be judge-y about brown rice. In fact, the mere mention of brown rice was enough to make me cringe. Everywhere I looked people were swapping white rice for brown. “What’s wrong with white rice? The Japanese have been eating it for centuries,” I would wonder. I thought it was just another trend and that people would eventually come to their senses. Plus, I’d heard it tasted horrible.
How wrong I was. About all of it. Brown rice has a delicious nutty flavour that tastes great warm or cold. It is also easy to prepare and incredibly nourishing. What’s not to love?
My journey as a vegetarian began organically. I had started making salads for lunch and was looking for ways to mix things up. I wanted more variety than I was able to create so I went online.
Searching the phrase ‘vegetarian salad ideas’ I came across a whole new world that I hadn’t realised existed. Lunch bowls full of yummy, vibrantly coloured veggies jumped out at me. Then something wonderful happened. With each new recipe I tried I noticed how much better I felt. After some careful research into how to be a ‘healthy’ vegetarian I decided to take the plunge and I haven’t looked back. Continue reading “Chickpea and Green Bean Lunch Bowl”