Meatless Meals for a Family of Meat Eaters

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As many of you know, I am trying to lose weight and get healthy. I wanted to say “get in shape” but it is so much more then just looking good … I really want to be healthy. To have more energy, feel better, and have a better mindset when it comes to myself. Part of getting healthy includes doing a total overhaul with my eating habits.

Like everything else that I decide to do, I hopped online to do some research first and started reading a lot about “clean eating” and “plant based diets”. Both really intrigued me, and I found a few blogs that really pulled me in. My favorite site was a surprise to me and all that know me… Happy Herbivore sucked me right it.

Before I knew what was happening, I was purchasing her weekly meal plan to give plant based eating a try.

Now I am the first to admit that while I am not a huge meat lover, I do really enjoy a nice steak or burger. Its super easy for me to give up chicken and pork (which are the only other two meats that I eat) but beef is a bit harder. That and I am a HUGE milk drinker and cheese eater.

The first meal I made was a black bean soup. It was so quick (it took 15 minutes start to finish) and it was very tasty — both kids and EVEN Jay liked it. I figured that this may not be as hard of a switch as I first though.

Then my cookbook, Everyday Happy Herbivore, arrived and I was in meat-free heaven.

I could hardly wait to start cooking and I was very excited to see that I had most of the ingredients for a “Chickpea Patty“. I did leave a few ingredients out (spices) because I didn’t have them, but the result was still fabulous. The kids helped me make them, and my super, super picky daughter told me it was the “best chicken ever”!!

And even better – she still liked it when I told her there was no chicken in it! These patties are one of the most requested dinner items from her!

I have continued to make many of the recipes from both the cookbook and the Happy Herbivore website. Each one has gotten a standing ovation from both of my kids, and I have really been enjoying them as well. Jay is more of a meat and potatoes kind of guy, but there have been some nights that he has eaten a meat-free meal without ever realizing it (shh – don’t tell!).

While I haven’t been able to give meat and dairy up completely, I have significantly improved my eating habits and I am feeling better because of it. The Happy Herbivore makes it so easy to go meat-free. Lindsay offers so many great recipes that it is impossible to get board or miss your favorite meat dishes.

Have you ever gone meat-free or tried a plant based diet?


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    Katherine G

    I have always wanted to try meatless meals. Although I don’t think I could be a complete vegetarian. Cutting back wouldn’t be a bad thing.

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      Jessie says:

      You should give it a try!! I was actually very surprised that I liked meatless meals as much as I do. I still have beef and diary, but not as often as I used to.


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