So starting off the whole vegetarian lifestyle can get a bit overwhelming. You are trying to decide where you will be getting your nutrition from and how can you incorporate it all into your diet? Other thoughts that might run through your mind:
*What about protein? Where am I going to get that from now? I don’t want to gnaw on dark leafy greens all day long….. What about complete proteins??? What are those? How do I get those!?
*Should I cook my food or eat most of it raw? Wait, I’m not doing the raw food diet….
*Let me create a Pinterest board and I will go from there! WOW! Look at everything I pinned! Where do I start?
There are so many thoughts and concerns and it’s hard to pinpoint exactly where you want to start. I personally used a meal planning service OAMM and bought over $200 worth of groceries to make my monthly freezer meals. I was so excited! You know what! Only one recepie was actually good! I felt horrible for wasting our money and ending up dinnerless on those nights a meal failed (and that happened 90% of the time). I wasn’t sure what I would like and the things I chose just wasn’t as good as I thought they would be.
So I planned a second method of attack. Buy frozen meals until I figured out what I liked. I did about 4 frozen meals a week and tried a few new recipes each week as well. This saved us countless trips to try and find some quick vegetarian food to go. Which that is for another post! LOL!
Here are the frozen meals that I turned to.
*Amy’s Magherita Pizza approx. $5-7 per small pizza. I found these at our local whole food store and at Albertsons.
*Amy’s Cheese Pizza approx $5-7 per small pizza. This is kiddo’s absolute favorite! I found these at the local whole food store and at Albertsons.
*Amy’s Mexican Casserole Bowl $7-8 family size. I found these at Target. They were not my abosolute favorite, but when I made my own taco seasoning and mixed it in it was a lot better.
*Amy’s Brown Rice & Vegetable Bowl approx $4-5 each on serving. Target and Albertsons had these. These were really good, but not to filling. Add a bread as a side or other filler.
*Bean & Cheese Burrito approx. $3 each at Target. These are perfect for a quick lunch. Very filling.
*Sophie’s Kitchen Vegan Seafood Products these run from about $4-6 each. They are AMAZING and taste like the real thing. The only thing was the texture of some of the products was a bit…. off, but I still loved it and it is on our weekly menu now. Being from South Louisiana a seafood substitute is a must! My favorites were the shrimp and crab cakes.
Beside frozen foods, other foods I turned to were things like peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with chips and mushroom, spinach, cheese, omelets. Those were pretty budget friendly and super easy to whip up at a moments notice.
What are your favorite fast vegetarian foods that you like to make?