Hi and welcome back.
I hope you are all enjoying the nice weather. In the UK, it has been such a varied mix but today, the sun is out and life seems to have that new season feeling again. I love the summer time, sitting outside and enjoying the weather. Last month I set myself a challenge to not eat meat for a month and I thoroughly enjoyed it. While I don’t want to exclude meat from my diet completely, it is not something I have particularly missed. It was only in social situations, Eating Out at restaurants or visiting friends, that finding food options became a problem. I am going to continue searching for gluten free vegetarian meal options and sharing them on my Instagram so let me know if you find any too. For today, I thought I would share a What I Eat In a Day: gluten free vegetarian options to give you some inspiration. I hope you enjoy. C. -x-
This has to be one of the easiest meals for me during my No Meat Month in May. I often opt for lighter breakfasts in the morning, mainly because I am not yet awake so can barely stomach food. I am one of those incredibly irritating people who likes to arrive at work early so I can sit in my car, watch the world go by and enjoy a coffee in my travel mug, gingerbread syrup added of course, and enjoy breakfast. My current go-to options have to be the Genius gluten free Blueberry Muffins or my homemade Banana and Dark Chocolate Chip muffins. Recipe blog post coming at the end of the month so stay tuned. One thing I love to do is rest my muffin near my coffee as it means the chocolate chips melt so it is even more of an indulgent treat. At the weekend, I have been enjoying my go-to treat: fried egg with cheese on toast. I know none of these breakfasts are particularly healthy, but it is a treat I look forward to each morning.
As a child, my lunch often contained some form of meat. Whether it was the ham sandwiches my mum would make for me or the sausage rolls as a snack, I always seemed to be eating some form of meat. As an adult, I continued with that pattern and even as a coeliac, I would often have ham or chicken salad sandwiches or salads for lunch. Starting the no meat month, I was in a definite rut with my lunches. This kick started a change in my lunches – and away from the gluten free bread options. I did find some gluten free Kale wraps from Genius which I enjoyed with cream cheese, carrot, cucumber and salad leaves which broke up the pattern nicely. However, my best lunch option was the humble jacket potato. I became obsessed with having one of these with cheese and a salad for lunch. It was so quick and filling and a nice change from the sandwiches I had previously.
This meal had to be the biggest change when it came to my No Meat Month. It wasn’t until I stopped eating meat that I realised just how much I had been consuming in the evenings. I found myself at the beginning of the month with very little idea on how to make a fulfilling gluten free vegetarian meal that didn’t contain meat. That truly ashames me now and was a complete eyeopener that this challenge is what I needed in my life. In my first week I had a LOT of stuffed pepper and jacket potatoes which while tasty, certainly got boring after the first week. Then I began to experiment and created my gluten free Roasted Pasta Bake which became an instant go-to along with my Brocolli and Cheddar pasta bake. It opened my mind to so many more vegetables and I came to enjoy: mushrooms, green peppers and courgettes all of which I would used to remove from my meal.
Simple but effective, my favourite snack lately has been red pepper humus with carrot sticks. Other snacks I have been loving include the Fruit Bowl Strawberry yoghurt flakes or my homemade gluten free flapjacks where you can find the recipe here. Other snacks I have been loving are the simple ones: bananas, raisins, fruit salads or fresh berries.
There you go! I hope you enjoyed this new mini-series What I Eat in a Day and it has given you some inspiration on new meal ideas if you are trying to reduce your meat intake or just want a new recipe. If you have any go-to recipes, leave a comment below. If you re-create any of the recipes mentioned here, please let me know by tagging me on Instagram using #livingcoeliac or by sharing photos directly to my Facebook page. Newsletter is now live! Don’t forget to subscribe so you do not miss out on any future blog posts.