Friday is Your Day to be a Free-Spirit
As I have always said, "eating vegetarian or vegan is not expensive." There are so many options for preparing vegetarian/vegan meals than meat based meals that you will never run out of creativity. I no longer encounter the blank look-the stare down- with my refrigerator to inquire "what should I eat for dinner?" I left that question behind me when I switched to a vegetarian and now vegan lifestyle.
Many meals or side meals can be made into full meals or extended to make other meals. For example, look at pesto. Pesto is traditionally served over pasta; however, take a look at the following alternative meal suggestions for pesto that add flavor and spice to any vegetarian or vegan meal whether you are transitioning to a vegetarian/vegan lifestyle, or already are a vegetarian/vegan.
Note: I make my pesto home-made which not only saves on money, but you use fresh ingredients from your farmer's market, grocery store, or whole foods store.
Suggestions for Pesto:
- Raw Vegan Pizza Topping
- Topping for vegan or vegetarian pizza before placing the pizza in the oven to bake
- Mix with a pizza crust dough before baking the crust to make a Focaccia type pizza crust or just Focaccia bread
- Mexican style wrap with chickpeas, avocado, and tomatoes: Combine 1 cup of pesto with 1/2 cup of chickpeas, and 1 mashed Hass Avocado. Spread mixture on a wheat tortilla. Top with tomatoes, and roll tortilla. Slice in half. Serve with blue tortilla chips and salsa on the side.
- Raw pasta: Slice collard leaves very thin and top with pesto for a raw vegan spaghetti
- Appetizer: Pesto topped with a layer of tomatoes on a heated-garlic Italian Bread that is heated until crusty. Serve with a chilled glass of white wine such as a herbal Sauvignon Blanc or mineral-earthy Pinot Grigio.
- Place in a soup for seasoning
- Oven fries: Sprinkle pesto on raw sweet potatoes, red potatoes, or white potatoes. Place in oven to make oven fries
- Serve on top of a vegetarian or vegan burger. the burger can be a bean based burger; or, a vegetable burger made from eggplant or Portobello mushroom
~ Sister Vegetarian