|Summer Vegetables 2011|
One of our goals this year is to eat more vegetarian meals each week. So far we are doing well.
At about week two, we dropped the plan for eating veggie from Friday to Monday and just adopted a very simple, every other day approach. It was really Kim’s idea so I will give her full credit. The main reason was that we all enjoy a Sunday roast and at least this way we would be able to have one every fortnight. It is also a much better method of adapting to change and embedding this as one of our behaviors.
Initially it did take a fair bit of work to figure out simple, easy to cook meals that were nutritious and tasty. We found things like soups, stews, tagines, salads, veggie burgers, omelettes, stir fries to name a few and all tasty alternatives to meat. As we have not removed meat completely from our diets, we don’t have to worry too much about complex proteins on veg days, even though Kim always manages to throw a can of 5 bean mix in with the soups and stews!
Strangely, we have also noticed that when we do eat meat, it is in much smaller quantities and prefer to bulk the meal up with more veg, rice and pasta. Our fruit intake has also increased with small harvests from our apricot, peach and nectarine trees, with a bumper harvest from the old plum tree. I even bottled (preserved) 9 big jars of plums in syrup, as well as 4 apricot and 4 nectarine. We have enough fruit to last the entire winter or until we get sick of it, and we still have the Jonathan apples to harvest! I will preserve some rhubarb in the next few weeks as it is now getting big enough to pick.
Anyway, some of my favorite veggie meals are spicy tomato soup, veggie chow mien, vegetable curry, chick pea and potato curry, Spanish omlettes with mushroom and caerphilly, lentil burgers with beetroot and egg on a home made bread roll and spicy sauce. All are delicious and mouth watering fare that tantalizes my palette.
Now that we are approaching the end of February, I do believe that we have formed this habit and made it one of our behaviours. If you perform something enough times (7 I think), it becomes normal behaviour and looking back you often wonder why we didn’t do this sooner!