So, it’s no secret that I’m vegetarian, right? Yeah, you’ll never see a big ole’ slab of meat here on the blog. No steaks, no shrimp, no tuna, no chicken. Things you will see on the blog instead: soy protein, tofu, Morningstar Chick’n strips, mushrooms, beans, and lentils. As a busy vegetarian mama catering to meat-lovers, I have found it to be super simple to just substitute ground beef for soy crumbles or shredded chicken for soy-based vegetarian substitutes. As I’m becoming older, wiser, and more interested in my health, I am starting to second guess some of the choices I have made, in the sake of convenience. So from here on out, I am really going to try and use natural and REAL foods when it comes to turning carnivorous foods into vegetarian-friendly foods.
And that is where this baby was born. Generally, when I make my chili, I just throw in a bag of soy-based Morningstar crumbles to substitute the ground beef. This time, I didn’t want to fall into the convenience factor. So I decided to use lentils as my protein substitute. Yes, there is one extra little step, but it’s a simple one. Cooking lentils is simple. And you think you don’t like lentils? Yeah, well, my family couldn’t even notice that I had done anything different to my chili recipe, and in the end, I felt a million times better about what I was eating.
What’s so great about this recipe is that you could make the chili for a meal one night, and later for a leftover night, you can top potatoes with it. Very versatile.
This coming week, my son is going to be travelling with his dad, so I get to make some meals that aren’t quite as kid-friendly. For us, that means, spicy food, salads, and beer with dinner. I’m going to have to say that I just can’t wait! Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll be craving an ooey gooey homemade baked mac and cheese dish by the time he returns in a week. But until then, I’ll pump my body full of real food. Healthy food. Food that I crave all the time.
What is YOUR favorite dinner-time shortcut??
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