Returning to My (Vegetarian!) Roots

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Having grown up predominantly vegetarian, vegetable-focused meals are something that I am fairly comfortable with. So when Nikki challenged us to a week of meat-free meals, I was pretty excited to get back to my roots!

One of my main concerns when I am going meat-free is making sure that I am still eating enough protein. After standing on my feet all day in a kitchen and also trying to work out daily, making sure my body is properly fueled is my main goal. That being said, some of my favorite vegetarian protein sources are chia seeds, pea protein, quinoa, eggs, lentils, and my go-to vegan protein powder, Sunwarrior’s Warrior Blend.

For me, the best meal of the day is always breakfast! Below are some examples of my meatless breakfasts from this week. On the top row (from left to right) are my berry pancakes, sweet potato hash, and peachy yogurt. On the bottom row (l to r) are my power protein smoothie, egg breakfast, and strawberry galette.

Finding protein-packed lunches and dinners was a little harder for me. For inspiration, I try to use seasonal fresh ingredients whenever possible, allowing them to be the stars of the show.

Below you'll find (in order, top to bottom and left to right) a caprese salad; a watermelon salad; grilled watermelon radishes; zucchini noodles, marinara and grilled portabella mushrooms; quinoa-filled roasted bell peppers; and honey radish toast.

On the other hand, finding vegetarian dishes while eating out has become easier than ever!

To name a couple...

Avocado Crispy Rice

Avocado Crispy Rice

Glazed Carrots

Glazed Carrots

In fact, one of my favorite restaurants here in Nashville has almost an entire Mezze (appetizer) list of vegetarian dishes!

All the Mezze!

All the Mezze!

This was a great challenge! I had so much fun experimenting with new things in the kitchen and trying new dishes while eating out that I wouldn’t normally have ordered. Because of course, life is all about trying new things and seeing what works for you!

You can find recipes to most of the dishes I made this week on my website: Terra Blanton Nelson. Cheers!

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