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Broxi

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My girlfriend was suggesting reducing our meat consumption, mostly for ethical reasons and whatever health benefits it might bring, if any. I’m up for it but I said to her it has to be clean vegetarian, veggies, salad and none of this fake meat products made of soy or tofu either.

I know a few veggie mates that have absolute shit diets cos they eat nothing but non meat junk.

We had a couple subscriptions of these Hello Fresh boxes to get through which I wanted to make sure we used but after that I suggested moving to a 3 day per week veggie diet.

I reckon Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday which means having Friday and Saturday we can make something with chicken or steak.

I need to come up with at least 6 satisfying meals to rotate so looking for suggestions ... @Bob Weaver , you seem like a good shout for this kind of thing?
 
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My girlfriend was suggesting reducing our meat consumption, mostly for ethical reasons and whatever health benefits it might bring, if any. I’m up for it but I said to her it has to be clean vegetarian, veggies, salad and none of this fake meat products made of soy or tofu either.

I know a few veggie mates that have absolute shit diets cos they eat nothing but non meat junk.

We had a couple subscriptions of these Hello Fresh boxes to get through which I wanted to make sure we used but after that I suggested moving to a 3 day per week veggie diet.

I reckon Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday which means having Friday and Saturday we can make something with chicken or steak.

I need to come up with at least 6 satisfying meals to rotate so looking for suggestions ... @Bob Weaver , you seem like a good shout for this kind of thing?
Sure.

I'm a bit busy working just now to post anything mentally taxing, but I'll try post some stuff later.
 
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ant-man

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I like this idea, fish, rice and peas... quick simple and clean.

I dunno about the nuts though.

Is it boiled rice from scratch or one of these packets in the miccy kinda deals?
It's cheap long grain rice from Sainsburys mate. Takes about ten minutes. :good
 
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@Broxi

Sorry, still busy. Working and moving house at the minute.


Not got time for recipes, (I don't really follow recipes anyway, I just bung stuff in) but here's some rough ideas and you can just Google a recipe that suits your tastes.




Veggie chilli.

Just make this however you normally do, instead of meat use vegetables and beans.

I would suggest a starchy vegetable like chopped sweet potatoes, and red pepper, a green pepper, a red onion, black beans, and kidney beans. Flavour how you like, (make sure to use chillies for heat, and paprika for a smokey, meaty taste).




Basic veg Indian curry

Again make whatever curry you normally make, either from scratch or a jar. Replace the meat with vegetables, and also add some lentils, peas, chickpeas, or beans to bulk it out and provide protein.

There are millions of specific veggie Indian recipes out there if you want to try specific meals.




Veggie Spanish tapas

I make tapas a lot. I don't follow recipes, I just make my own versions, but you can get proper recipes online easily.

Patatas bravas - boil some potatoes. Once cooked put them in a pan with oil and sear. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, chilli, and paprika. You can make a spicy sauce to go with it using chopped tomatoes and sauces, or just buy a spicy sauce.


Chilli halloumi. Just chop. Coat in oil, lemon, chilli, pepper, and paprika, then grill or pan fry for a few minutes.

Asparagus and eggs. I like to put some oil, chili, and salt on the asparagus and cook in the oven in tinfoil. +ake some eggs however you like. (I like scrambled, the Mrs likes poached). Serve with the eggs over the veg.

Spinach and chickpea salad. Wilt spinach in a pan. Take out. Add some tomatoes, oil, pepper, cumin, and paprika, then add some chickpeas, you can add bread or croutons and some beans if you want. Cook till coated. Re-add the spinach

Garlic mushrooms. Chop mushrooms. Cook in pan with oil, garlic, and lemon.

Spanish tomato bread. Toast a baguette or other bread. Rub with raw garlic. Rub with tomato. Drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with salt. Serve.




I'll post some more ideas when I have time. There is loads of Indian, Italian, and far Eastern stuff.
 
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I've tried to reduce my meat consumption too as honestly I eat far too much.

I usually just switch out the meat for a 3 egg and cheese omelette. I also make this egg, lentil and coconut curry as another alternative.

My main problem is that because I lift weights I want 30g of protein per meal with 2.5g of Leucine to promote MPS but most veggie options don't have enough protein usually and definitely not enough leucine even if there's enough protein. So my options are limited.
 

Broxi

The Anti-Bully
Jul 24, 2012
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I've tried to reduce my meat consumption too as honestly I eat far too much.

I usually just switch out the meat for a 3 egg and cheese omelette. I also make this egg, lentil and coconut curry as another alternative.

My main problem is that because I lift weights I want 30g of protein per meal with 2.5g of Leucine to promote MPS but most veggie options don't have enough protein usually and definitely not enough leucine even if there's enough protein. So my options are limited.
I much rather get my protein from my food but would upping your whey protein intake not be adequate for the days you’re cutting out meat and supplement with nuts and eggs?
 

Broxi

The Anti-Bully
Jul 24, 2012
11,881
12,006
@Broxi

Sorry, still busy. Working and moving house at the minute.


Not got time for recipes, (I don't really follow recipes anyway, I just bung stuff in) but here's some rough ideas and you can just Google a recipe that suits your tastes.




Veggie chilli.

Just make this however you normally do, instead of meat use vegetables and beans.

I would suggest a starchy vegetable like chopped sweet potatoes, and red pepper, a green pepper, a red onion, black beans, and kidney beans. Flavour how you like, (make sure to use chillies for heat, and paprika for a smokey, meaty taste).




Basic veg Indian curry

Again make whatever curry you normally make, either from scratch or a jar. Replace the meat with vegetables, and also add some lentils, peas, chickpeas, or beans to bulk it out and provide protein.

There are millions of specific veggie Indian recipes out there if you want to try specific meals.




Veggie Spanish tapas

I make tapas a lot. I don't follow recipes, I just make my own versions, but you can get proper recipes online easily.

Patatas bravas - boil some potatoes. Once cooked put them in a pan with oil and sear. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, chilli, and paprika. You can make a spicy sauce to go with it using chopped tomatoes and sauces, or just buy a spicy sauce.


Chilli halloumi. Just chop. Coat in oil, lemon, chilli, pepper, and paprika, then grill or pan fry for a few minutes.

Asparagus and eggs. I like to put some oil, chili, and salt on the asparagus and cook in the oven in tinfoil. +ake some eggs however you like. (I like scrambled, the Mrs likes poached). Serve with the eggs over the veg.

Spinach and chickpea salad. Wilt spinach in a pan. Take out. Add some tomatoes, oil, pepper, cumin, and paprika, then add some chickpeas, you can add bread or croutons and some beans if you want. Cook till coated. Re-add the spinach

Garlic mushrooms. Chop mushrooms. Cook in pan with oil, garlic, and lemon.

Spanish tomato bread. Toast a baguette or other bread. Rub with raw garlic. Rub with tomato. Drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with salt. Serve.




I'll post some more ideas when I have time. There is loads of Indian, Italian, and far Eastern stuff.
Brilliant mate, some nice ideas there, Tapas is a good shout, maybe adapt some Mexican or Thai dishes.

I enjoy things like roasted butternut squash and other root veggies so I’ll probably look at some filling meals using that and I could make some nice soups for my veggie days.

Mandela, the forum member not the figure, had mentioned a while back that Indian recipes are a life saver for a vegetarian so I can try and perfect a couple of those.
 
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Brilliant mate, some nice ideas there, Tapas is a good shout, maybe adapt some Mexican or Thai dishes.

I enjoy things like roasted butternut squash and other root veggies so I’ll probably look at some filling meals using that and I could make some nice soups for my veggie days.

Mandela, the forum member not the figure, had mentioned a while back that Indian recipes are a life saver for a vegetarian so I can try and perfect a couple of those.
Indian. Thai. Chinese. Italian. Spanish. Mexican. All have good vegetarian meals, or meals that are easily adapted.

I'll post some more when I get a chance.


I know you said you didn't want any meat substitutes, but if you do then quorn mince and chicken pieces, and Linda McCartney sausages and pulled pork/chicken are pretty good and versatile. The quorn is pretty healthy too, just high in salt.

Quorn burgers and vegan spicy burgers are good too.

You just use them in place of their meat equivalents, but the "chicken" needs to soak up other flavours.


Veggie Haggis is good too. Most brands. So veggie Haggis, neeps and tatties is good. Just use veggie gravy, or make a whiskey sauce.


Similarly if you fancy a full Scottish then you can use the veggie Haggis, some halloumi instead of bacon, and Simon Howie veggie square sausage, Richmond veggie links, then your beans, tomatoes, mushrooms, and toast. (I've never tried veggie black pudding).


I'll post some more purely vegetable ideas later if I get a chance.
 
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ant-man

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My main problem is that because I lift weights I want 30g of protein per meal with 2.5g of Leucine to promote MPS but most veggie options don't have enough protein usually and definitely not enough leucine even if there's enough protein. So my options are limited.
Whey protein contains leucine. :good
 
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Going to sear and bake an 8 lb. pork roast tomorrow and have some sweet potatoes with it for an easy, one pot meal.

Trim some of the heavy fat off the roast, highly season it on the outside with salt, pepper and some garlic powder, cut narrow slits deep into the roast and salt and pepper each hole, add a peeled clove of garlic, a rolled up piece of green onion top and a small sprig of parsley. Then brown the roast in a bit of oil in a heavy Dutch Oven until nicely browned on the outside.

Add about 1 qt. of chicken, beef or pork stock to the pot, cover with a heavy lid and toss the roast in the oven to start cooking at 300 degrees F. After 2 1/2 hours, add the whole sweet potatoes to the pot and cook an additional hour or so or until the potatoes are fork tender. I'm using a pork butt with bone in and when done the blade bone will simply pull out with ease and clean of any meat. The meat will be moist, tender and highly flavored. While the roast rests for a bit before carving, I'll use some of the drippings to make a gravy to go with it.
 
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Singapore toast. Very simple, white bread with crust cut off, some Kaya jam which you can get in most Asian stores, with slices of cold butter, with some soft boiled or poached eggs to dip the toast into.

Been wanting to try this for a while and finally bought some Kaya jam which is a coconut and egg jam/spread to try it out. Damn the Kaya jam is fricken tasty not like any other jam, tastes more like something you stick in a pastry or a doughnut. That with the cold butter which adds a nice contrast to the hot toast is delicious.

 
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Being treated to a meal tonight by the wife since it is my birthday, but I did take out a nice eye of round beef roast to slice thin, season, smoke and make beef jerky tomorrow and a nice size bag of catfish I caught and froze to fry tomorrow night to go with a bowl of potato salad for dinner.
 
May 17, 2013
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Got a big pot of rich red gravy on the stove with 42 beef meatballs and 30 Italian meatballs simmering down in it. I season my beef with finely minced onion, bell pepper, celery, green onion, parsley, garlic and a bit of Worcestershire sauce, eggs to use as a binder, Italian bread crumbs and Parmesan cheese. The Italian Sausage is my own blend that I make from pork butt roasts that I grind and season.

In all, it's close to 4 gallons worth of gravy and meat I have in the pot cooking down for at least 4 hours before I turn it off to cool and package some for the freezer.

The wife and I will eat off it over the weekend, along with some garden salad and garlic/cheese/spinach bread to complete the meal.

The house sure "stinks pretty" right now.
 
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ant-man

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An early morning sea water swim followed up with black coffee and half a melon and few grapes. The melon I picked up from Asda reduced to just 30p, which makes it taste even better.

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