I am not a vegetarian nor a vegan. But I do believe in eating less meat on a daily basis. For instance, I would only eat meat once a day (eggs included) and try to even skip it. It’s more about reducing the environmental impact of the meat industry and a general health matter. And it doesn’t take a lot of efforts: meat is expensive, it takes a long time to cook and delicatessen (even though the Italian kind is delicious) is not so good for your health.
The problem is that meat brings taste in your dinner and it’s filling. So with the boyfriend coming home starving, it’s hard to say “heeeeey, here is a plate of zucchinis, enjoy!” or “I made pastas and that’s it!”. The first thing he’ll do is prepare a sandwich…
But with a bit of creativity, you can come up with new recipes including only starchy foods and vegetables. I tried one tonight and was really happy with it. I guess you could easily make it fully vegan, but I don’t know what you could replace butter and chicken broth with. Let me know if you have any tips!
Recipe: Meatless Creative Dinner
Ingredient for 2 persons:
For the rice:
- 3 cups basmati rice
- 2 TBSP quinoa
- 2 TBSP sesame
- 1 cup pumpkin vermicelli* (found in La Vie Claire)
- 1 cube chicken broth
- 25 g (2 TBSP) butter
For the vegetables:
- 500 g (17 oz) mushrooms
- 1 onion
- 1 spoon olive oil
- Salt, pepper
- 2 TBSP soy cream/regular cream
- Melt the butter in a large pan on medium heat. Add the rice, the quinoa, the sesame and mix until the rice turns transparent.
- Add the vermicelli and mix until both rice and vermicelli turn golden.
- Melts the chicken broth cube in hot water in a large glass and cover the rice/vermicelli with this mixture. Put a lid on the pan and wait until rice and vermicelli soak up the water. Add a bit more if the rice is too hard.
- While the water is being soaked up, chop the onion and slice the mushrooms.
- In another pan, heat up the olive oil and throw the chopped onion. Wait for it to turn golden. Add the mushrooms.
- Sauté the onions and mushrooms until the later shrinks and turns golden. Add the cream, the salt and pepper.
- Once you dressed your plate, you can add parsley or sesame on top.
* Tip n°1: Those vermicelli contain only wheat and pumpkin
Tip n°2: The pumpkin vermicelli can be replaced with regular vermicelli or pumpkin cubes.
Tip n°3: I love mushrooms but you can of course replace them with other vegetables like zucchinis, cabbage…