A Delicious Vegetarian Dinner

Sometimes it feels as if the list of the ‘right’ thing to do is endless and persistent. Eat organic, less meat, more meat, more veg, homemade, ethical, no waste, healthy, less fat, more fat, run around, do the splits, create a meal using only popcorn… Ok, yes I lost the plot a little bit and I do try to adhere to most of the recommendations these days. One step at a time I say, and at the moment my little ‘thing’ is to lessen my meat intake. I found myself saying things like ‘what should we have for dinner tonight – lamb? chicken? beef? fish?’ as if there’s no such a thing as a vegetable-only dinner. I think it’s because sometimes it seems like the best food is ‘meat’ food, and because I know for me I’m just in the habit of thinking a special dinner revolves around which type of meat is on the plate. I’m on a bit of a crusade to change my thinking and cut down on how much meat I eat a week. Since doing so I’m eating more vegetables and fruit and no, I’m not gorging myself on white starchy carbs to make up for my less meat mode, thanks for asking.

Well, here I have a delicious vegetarian meal I prepared last night, just with things I had in the cupboard – no special or exotic ingredients – but I’m pretty impressed with myself and a little bit excited to share. I love using everything up in the cupboard and fridge before I go to the shops to buy more, and it’s made my food more inventive and fun – in a good way… not a crazy baked beans, slugs and jam way.

I’ll call it…

Mexican Bean Patties with Guacamole and Tomato Relish with a Rad Salad
(Longest Name Ever)

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Mexican Bean Patties:
Kidney Beans
1 Egg
1/4 to 1/2 cup of bread crumbs
Some grated parmesan cheese
Spring Onions
1/2 a small gratted carrot and small zucchini
1 teaspoon of cumin
1 teaspoon of ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ginger

Just – Mash it all together (add more crumbs if needed)
Make – into patties and cover the patties with bread crumbs
Allow – the patties to rest in the fridge
When – you want to cook them, warm some olive oil in a pan
Cook – them till golden brown

Guacamole:
1 Avocado
1 Tomato chopped
1 Spring Onion chopped
Lemon or Lime juice (to taste)
Salt and Pepper
Chilli if you like it hot
Coriander/Cilantro chopped if you have some

Just mash it all together.

Quick as Chutney:
1/2 red onion
1 tomato or 2 depending how much you wanna make
salt and pepper
1 teaspoon or to taste os dark unrefined sugar
splash of red wine vinegar

Cook – all the ingredients down until it thickens a bit
Taste – and add what you feel it needs

Salad was whatever I have on hand
I had ..
1/2 a cucumber – diced
A bit of capsicum – diced
Watercress
Lettuce
(I dressed this with a touch of olive oil and vinegar)

This is the result. Hooray – it was fantastic. Filling and Satisfying. I’m going to change up the spices I used in the patties next time and maybe make them more Mediterranean with feta, oregano and olives and then leave out the guacamole perhaps?

The thing is I wanna eat something delicious – always. Something that won’t play tricks with your mind thinking you’ve missed out on something by not eating meat or starch or masses of fat. Our brains really do play crazy tricks on what we need, want, desire and are kinda addicted to. The way I see it is vegetables are the way forward. As fresh and as close to the source as possible, and with the vegetables taking the majority of the plate we eat from.

Love x

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