While I was in England, I ate incredibly well, and I ate entirely vegetarian. I blame Patrick and Stephanie for both of those things.
I grew up eating meat every day of the week. When I got to college, I stopped eating red meat and pig products… “no mammals.” But I still ate chicken, turkey, and all sorts of seafood, mostly because I’m lazy and it’s easy to find quick versions of those things. I’ve always wanted to knock chicken and turkey off the list, but I’ve never managed to.
Then I spent a week eating amazing Indian food, hummus stacked with red peppers, gorgeous sandwiches, salads, and of course, crumpets. The coup de grace, however, was the absolutely stunning vegan chocolate cake that Patrick baked for Steph’s birthday — complete with homemade chocolate icing. It was, hands down, the best chocolate cake I’ve ever eaten. (All chocolate cakes in the past pale in comparison, as I’m sure will all chocolate cakes I eat in the future.)
So, I’m gonna do it this time. I haven’t eating any poultry since I left for England (except for one ill-advised bite of airplane chicken), and I don’t intend to. I’m finally ready to take one more step on the path towards who I’d like to be.
This is where all of you come in.
I would love some suggestions for recipes, cookbooks, and websites for quick and easy vegetarian snacks, lunches, dinners, etc. I’m going to stress this part again: quick and easy. I don’t cook, and if it’s difficult or time-consuming, I just won’t do it. Dairy products are just fine, at least for now, and I’m particularly interested in meals with good sources of iron.
Some of my favorite “quick and easy” meals right now include:
– Hummus spread on a pita and layered with slices of red pepper
– Open-faced peanut butter sandwich layered with banana slices
– All vegetarian Indian food (I’m currently gorging on stuff from TJ’s)
– Tomato, fresh mozarella, and basil drizzled with balsamic
Please, grant unto me your wisdom, my online friends!