5 Meat Free Alternatives To Add To Your Plate
Many friends have been asking me about my weight loss lately. The only thing I can say, other than working incredibly long hours for our label, is how I rarely eat any form of animal protein, which has been a fantastic way of losing excess weight without trying. My friends are intrigued by this, but many have asked how I can do this while living such a busy life? And also, what alternatives are we eating instead of meat?
Most of our nights we eat salad. Ok, as much as I love raw food, we need variety. Keep mixing up your salads or vegetables, (add rice, nuts, couscous, seeds, beans, etc.) but instead of adding animal products to the side or on top, here are five alternatives for you to enjoy.
1. Vegetarian Arancini Balls
Since moving to Melbourne, I have rediscovered Arancini Balls. They are quick and easy as they only need heating up in a moderate oven for 15 - 20 minutes. There are many varieties to choose from and a winner with the whole family.
In this photo, I was late home from work so these Arancini Balls from Docs, filled with asparagus, and a salad of rocket, cannelloni beans, cherry tomatoes, coriander and a packet of black rice quickly heated up in the microwave was a delicious meal in 10 minutes.
2. Haloumi Cheese
I could eat my bodyweight of cheese, which is why I could never be vegan. Haloumi, a Greek cheese has become one of my favourites. Always great to keep in the fridge for those nights you don’t have time to shop and the fridge is sparse. All you need to do is fry a few slices and add to a Greek or any salad. The salad below is kale, cherry tomatoes, quinoa and toasted pumpkin seeds.
3. Roasted “Meaty” Vegetables
Add filling roasted vegetables, such as potato, sweet potato, carrots and pumpkin to your salad will not only make it filling, it’s delicious. Great for those nights you want to collapse on the couch with a bowl full of roasted and raw vegetables. Served here with a simple rocket, beetroot, fetta cheese and toasted seed salad.
4. Zucchini Fritters
My super easy and yummy Zucchini fritters were a huge hit when I added them to the five vegetarian meals I shared on the blog. They are not only fabulous to add to any salad or vegetable dish; they are fantastic cold the next day for lunch.
5. Mushroom, Chilli and Feta Cheese
Another super easy meal everyone will surprisingly love, even if not super fond of mushrooms. Buy larger mushrooms, place upside down on a tray. Place chopped up Feta Cheese and some sweet chilli sauce, pesto or quinoa, or all three in the mushroom. Bake 180 degrees for 10 - 15 minutes. In the ones below I also added some chopped kale. Please don’t be scared to experiment.
Carolyn (Caz) Rowland is a fashion designer, model, lifestyle blogger and professional Image Stylist. Caz is also a qualified NLP Master Therapist, Advanced Practitioner of Matrix Therapies, Time Line Therapist, Practitioner of Hypnotherapy, has a Diploma for Business and Life Coaching. Caz is happily married to her husband Simon, and raised four beautiful children, who are now young adults and a teenager.