vegging out


remember these Thor hair clips? I wore them to embellish my top!
vegetarian nachos:: organic tortilla chips, homemade Tex-Mex beans, guacamole, mango pico de gallo, & Greek yogurt


It's been 14 days since I had a shred of meat. 

I had been feeling really bummed about not taking advantage of the yummy, fresh summer produce this year because my work schedule conflicts with market hours, so I decided that I would force myself to eat only vegetables in the hopes that this would push me to make an effort to find different ways of enjoying them.

Now, I'm not a shabby cook, but I have to say, cooking vegetarian takes up a lot of time and calls for a lot more creativity to put together satisfying dishes. I'm used to having meat as the main part of the meal and vegetables as a side, you see. That's just how I've eaten my whole life. So this "going all vegetarian" is really like delving into uncharted territory for me. 

And yes, it's very time-consuming. But yes, it's a lot of fun. And by gollies, it's ridiculously delicious.

45 comments:

  1. I love that you reworked those hair clips and used them with a blouse - this whole outfit is just really cute. And I know what you mean about time consuming vegetarian cooking - I cut out meat two years ago (except for fish every few months) and the first few months involved a lot more time in the kitchen until I got skilled at a few staple staple dishes that I could make once a week and have leftovers of.

    Courtney ~ http://sartorialsidelines.com

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  2. I was vegetarian for twenty years and although at first there's a learning curve, there are many easy and quick dishes you can make. Some days you don't want to put in a lot of effort. With fresh veggies, you can let them shine by themselves with minimal effort: lightly-cooked and seasoned with herbs or a simple sauce. Good luck!

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  3. I am definitely a meat eater, but those nachos look delicious! Who would have thought to put yogurt on them? That's an interesting ingredient.

    I love your clips on your top too :) Heather

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  4. I've tried going green but I was only at it for three months. Seriously. Love eating camote tops too.

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  5. Mmmm those nachos look tasty indeed. I'm not sure I could give my meat up - I don't think i'm inventive enough with veggies to keep my interest up enough with just them.

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  6. That's such a cute top! Confession- I'm definitely a big meat eater and I don't think I could last as a vegetarian for more than one day!

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  7. I like the hair clips. When you first said Thor hair clips, I was picturing photo pins of the actor!

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  8. I'm totally taking advantage of the summer, too - there are so many FRUITS. It's glorious. We've had tons of watermelon and blueberries and PEACHES. It's so lovely.

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  9. Hooray for your peplum top! I'm eating tomatos for lunch today just because it's summmer and they are juicy and amazing :)

    <3 Cambria
    jupefashion.blogspot.com

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  10. i love your style and how you mix n match these outfit, lovely color hue :)


    YURI
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  11. Those veggie nachos looks so good Laura! I love the cute feather print on your top :)

    Caroline x
    Caroline's Catwalk

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  12. First off, I just have to say... Major hair envy after seeing these pictures! You have the prettiest curls! Wish my hair could manage that. And this outfit is darling as well. :)

    Callie
    www.coffeeandcardigans.com

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  13. Mr. A makes it a point to go to the market every Saturday morning so he can get us some fresh produce. I reap the benefits! :)

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  14. Those nachos look delicious. Cooking vegetarian is a pain in the ass and 6 (7? who knows now) years later I am still super lazy and just eat a lot of soup, lol. Well I mean shrimpetarian, so I guess it's a -little- less annoying.

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  15. Great Outfit, you look so cute on the Pictures.
    And Congrats to that 14 Days ;)

    Would you like to follow each other? Let me know :)

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  16. love the red and blue color combo. Primary colors together make me happy :) Not eating meat makes me not happy :( I tried to be a vegetarian for awhile and actually managed to go about three years without but man was it hard. I dont think I could do it again.

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  17. I've done the veg.thing.over.and again, but I was so tired ave cranky. No energy. My tummy couldn't handle the iron ave supplements.

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  18. You are wearing pants! Love it! I cant go all veggie as I am severely anemic and so is my daughter. I used to be vegetarian when I was younger though! I love veggies. Fruit I have a problem eating.

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  19. Love your shirt! And the food looks so yum! Hope you are having a wonderful day!
    -Jyoti from Style Delights Blog
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  20. I've been wanting to cut meat out of my diet too but I haven't found the willpower to go cold turkey (pun intended) yet. It's also an uphill battle because the BF wont go meatless with me. I grew up the same way with meat as the main dish. You'll have to let me know how you keep this up maybe I will just do it without him and he can cook for himself! lol Congratulations on 14 days!!

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  21. I was not meant to be a vegetarian...nope not me. I just had a homemade hamburger at our Monday Work Bible Study...yes...I kind of go for the food. But its a bible study so no one judges me *wink*

    I love your outfit and I love your hair, now if I could only figure out how to make my hair look natural when i curl it rather than getting that Shirley Temple look.

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  22. Yum on the outfit AND the veggies.

    xo,
    Tracy

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  23. Lovely outfit, I love the colors - and the little details. :) And that food looks absolutely delicious, I would enjoy that so much :) xoxo ♥

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  24. I've been looking for short sleeve cardigans just like yours.. Guess I should check the thrift stores! :) Thanks for the hair tips!

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  25. Love it, can't wait to see what you do next! Come check out my blog, maybe we can follow each other!
    Material Fixations

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  26. Although I'm not a vegetarian, I do get into my moments where I eat almost like a vegetarian. I feel healthier and "lighter" (if that's possible) but it does make a difference in my day to day being. However, I can't turn down any Filipino food which usually has meat in it.

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  27. I just LOVE your hair - everytime I see it it looks even prettier! :)

    CJ

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  28. I'm not sure if I can become a vegetarian but I do love veggie dishes!! The nachos looks awesome!! My mouth is watering, hehe. I love your outfit too. Your top is so pretty!!

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  29. I think I would have a blast doing the veggie thing! Pretty sure I could easily forget about meat but I would need a cook book to follow. I'm just not one of those types who can whip something up!

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  30. Awesome that you're going vegetarian (i'm one), I grew up pretty much vegetarian so a simple step for switching over is using dried vegetable protein (TVP) or ground soy in place of meat, it makes things really easy. A couple vegetarian/vegan recipe books that have simple & easy to follow recipes are Fresh & Fresh at Home.

    cute outfit, love the little ruffle/peplum at the bottom of your top :)

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  31. I've just recently dropped meat from my diet too and have been making veggie chili nonstop! Have you tried quinoa yet as well? Those veggie nachos look amazing and how is it that I've never even thought to veggify nachos yet? Hehe. You look as darling as ever. I'm diggin that peplum blouse! xo Marisa

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  32. You look just darling. I love your tank and cardigan. I love the fresh fruits and veggies this time of year. I agree cooking vegetarian can be a little time consuming. I've been a vegetarian for 12 years.

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  33. Such a cute outfit! Those Thor hairclips on your shirt is genius! :D

    http://adlyvelasco.blogspot.com/

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  34. k, i must've missed why you are giving up meat? but you're right...it does take some creativity to make hearty satisfying meals. i LOVE veggies, but every once in a while i have to have meat. i have to remember to try greek yogurt on my mexican food!

    [oomph.]

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  35. This is the cutest tank top ever, omgggs! I love purple paired with pink (hot pink cardi for the winsss), as a kid I dreamed of having an entirely purple/pink bedroom. I can imagine it must be hard cutting out meat if you're use to eating it, I've entertained the idea a few times (about going veggiesaurus but I can never quite kick my meatsaurus ways).

    <3Honeysuckelle

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  36. I just made the most delicious dairy/lactose free tomato cream soup. So simple, 8 fresh tomatos pureed in a food processor, with a handful of mushrooms and half an onion, italian seasoning, salt, and about a up of water. Cook down to desired consistency and remove from heat. Add your dairy free cream of choice and viola! Sooo yummy. You've got a really great color combination going on and I'm in love with your thrifted purse. Brilliant find.

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  37. Welcome to the land of veggies! Once you go plant, you never go back heehee! Seiously though I love cooking veggie (and now vegan) because it forces you to think outside the box and try things you've never had before. And can I just say again how your mango pico de gallo recipe is a staple in my veggie tacos now :)

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  38. Vegetarian cooking can be very time consuming, but it is so yummy in the end. My husband and I go back and forth on the veggies only policy, right now we are eating meat. It might change tomorrow, who knows.
    I love the top and the pins, so cute!

    Adrienne
    What Lola Wants

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  39. good luck with your new diet, it does sound like a challenge!
    Chic on the Cheap

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  40. This is fabulous! Good luck on the diet. I have thought about going vegetarian or vegan for a while now, just to try it out. After going raw for a week, I feel like I can do anything! Also these vegetarian nachos look amazing!

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  41. I think I totally missed the part of your life when you're trying to eat vegetarian. I can basically never do this.

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  42. Doesn't it blow your mind how much time you spend chopping and dicing and slicing? I totally felt the same way when Matt and I stopped eating meat (we do use it occassionally to spice up some beans sometimes) -- okay I still feel that way. But it has become a lot more normal. Maybe as a congrats you should gift yourself a gorgeous chopping block and or knife (I'm saying this to you, so it gives me permission to do the same ;).
    xoxox,
    Lar

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    1. HAHAHA! I know. it's so crazy having to chop, chop, chop. I would LOVE to buy a new knife, but I want a pink ceramic one, and those are pretty hard (and expensive) to find in town!

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