I've been secretly living my life as a vegetarian for the past 6 weeks. It started as a challenge for myself with the hope of winning a prize. October was Vegetarian Awareness month and I found a link on the Vegetarian Times facebook page for a pledge campaign. You could pledge to be vegetarian for a day, a week or a month. If you pledged you were entered to win a prize. The prize for pledging, and completing, a month was $1,000. That was very tempting. I was already curious and open to the idea of being a vegetarian, I'd get a bit grossed out by raw meat and if I stopped to think about what I was biting in to, so I took the plunge and signed on for a month. October is over, I didn't win any money, but I still haven't eaten meat and frankly, I'm a bit scared to now, I'm not quite sure how my stomach would react.
Along the way I started and finished The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone. Great book, a lot of really useful information and a ton of fabulous vegan recipes. I created this meal with inspiration from the book.
1 cup precooked brown rice,
1/2 cup extra firm tofu, I used my leftovers from a previous meal
zucchini, diced into 1/2 moons
onion, finely diced, as much or as little as you like
cherry tomatoes, halved
avocado, about 1/4 of a good sized avocado
Heat olive oil in a pan and saute the onion. When soft add the mushrooms and zucchini, the tofu and rice. Heat through. Remove from heat and add the tomato and avocado.
This is a great way to get more grains and vegetables into your day, I ate this for breakfast but it could also easily be a satisfying light lunch or filling dinner if you want to add a side of greens either raw or sauteed. It might sound odd to eat onion and zucchini for breakfast but this was a really tasty alternative to eggs and I was very full and felt energized and ready for my day.