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Big Bowl of Veggies!

May 22, 2014

I just finished my first completely meat free day in at least a year. I don’t know how I feel about this! I may have to go crack a can of tuna to keep the streak alive.

This all started because I stress ate 500 calories worth of nuts immediately after breakfast this morning. After that huge injection of fat, I figured I could skip my usual fish for lunch and went to the local bakery/cafe thinking I would pick up a chicken breast. Unfortunately there wasn’t any chicken and the only thing they had that wasn’t butter-crust based was a lentil “meat” loaf. I usually avoid legumes because they don’t play nice with my body but it was protein and turned out to be delicious.

As for dinner, my plans centered around chicken breast which were sadly still frozen solid when I arrived home. Remember the broccoli pasta recipe? Whipped that together instead, but made some alterations and kept it completely vegetarian. Took no time and was pretty filling for a big bowl of veggies. Try it!

Ingredients (serves 1 hungry person)

  • 1/4 of a package broccoli slaw
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1 medium carrot, chopped into rounds
  • 10 brussel sprouts, cut in half
  • 1 small zucchini, chopped into rounds
  • Italian spice to taste
  • Garlic powder to taste

Start by warming your diced tomatoes in a frying pan and add both the Italian spice and garlic powder. Add in the brussel sprouts and carrot and simmer until they just start to get tender. Add in the zucchini and broccoli slaw. Cook, stirring occasionally, for about 5-10 minutes. That’s it, you’re done! All you need to do is enjoy.

My unintentional meat-free day has actually turned out to be pretty yummy and I still managed to meet my protein requirement for the day according to my macro tracker. Granted I usually exceed the minimum and probably only met it thanks to that insane amount of nuts, but still it was kind of a nice break. I might do it again…and sooner than next year!

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From → Nutrition, Recipes

3 Comments
  1. Wow, yummy, yummy!!! Great meals!!!!

  2. You can totally get enough protein without eating meat. Most people actually need less than they think! Recipe sounds delicious.

    • Of course you can! Unfortunately, non-meat proteins tend to come from legumes, dairy and grains.  My body doesn’t play well with any of those things, so I limit them to very occasional treats.  Makes it a lot more difficult to get the required amounts for my level of activity and strength training. 

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