Vegging Out: What I Eat in a (Vegetarian) Week

Though I never talked about it on the blog, last year I spent many weeks trying to give “Meatless Mondays” a try and failing time and time again. While I am interested in having a less meat driven diet, when I think about what makes a meal a meal, I envision a meat and two non-meat sides. Though that is one way for a meal to look, it isn’t the only way a meal can look. With that in mind, I decided to commit myself to a week (5 days) of vegetarian eating in hopes of discovering new recipes, finding new food options that I love, and starting something I can do every month! Here are the results!

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Monday

Breakfast: Cinnamon Raisin Bagel + Banana + Strawberries + Vanilla Chai Tea

This was actually just a normal meal for me! I have to be at work at 7 AM on Mondays, so I usually just grab a bagel or some oatmeal and a fruit and hit the road!

Lunch: Spinach, Mushroom, and Olive Pizza

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My campus is small, so there are really only two dining options, and the one I hit up for lunch does not serve a lot of meatless meals that I enjoy, because I am low-key a picky eater. I decided to play it safe and order my normal type of pizza, but swapped out the pepperoni I’d typically put on it for some spinach.

 Dinner: Black Bean, Corn, Onion, & Bell Pepper Quesodilla

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I was roaming Pinterest for some meal inspo, when I came across a recipe for these Roasted Sweet Potato and Black Bean Quesodillas that looked amazing. Then I woke up from my food fantasy and realized 1) I’m not emotionally ready to eat a potato quesodilla and 2) I will not spend over an hour making a quesodilla. Instead, I just decided to throw one together with black beans, corn, onions, and some bell peppers and I hated it. It wasn’t very flavorful and I realized that I don’t like black beans all that much.

Tuesday

Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs + Oatmeal + Tots

On Tuesdays and Thursdays I usually eat breakfast at the school refectory, because those are the days they serve bacon. As you can guess, it kind of threw me off a little bit to go without it, but I made it work. I genuinely love oatmeal and the tots were alright. The eggs were really crunchy, but that’s the cost of not making your own food.

Lunch: Spinach, Mushroom, and Olive Pizza

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She loves her leftovers!

Dinner: Black Bean, Corn, Onion, & Bell Pepper Quesodilla

Some things taste better as leftovers. This did not. Thankfully, most things can be improved upon if you just cover it in hot sauce.

Desert/Late Night Snack: Fruit Salad + Honey

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I love most salads and fruit salad falls into my category of “most.” I wanted to snack on something after I got out of yoga, so I threw this together to eat with my roomies while watching Lifetime. It was delicious and I was one happy camper!

Wednesday

Breakfast: Banana Bread + Cappuccino

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My roommate had a bunch of browning bananas sitting around, so I whipped them up into banana bread the night before!

Lunch: Nothing 😦

Dinner: BBQ Roasted Sweet Potato and Broccoli Bowl

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My favorite meal to cook for myself comes from this BBQ Chicken and Roasted Sweet Potato Bowl recipe over on The Creative Bite. I usually don’t end up with a lot of chicken in it when I make it as written, so I decided to try it without the chicken all together because the flavor probably wouldn’t be too different. Like always, it needed extra sauce but it was pretty alright!

Thursday

Breakfast: Scrambled Eggs + Hash Brown Pattie + Chocolate Chip Pancake + Oatmeal

This was the breakfast of champions! Was it healthy? No! But was it delicious? Heck yes (minus the eggs which were crunchy, yet wet and slimy this time around)! Like I said, the only meat I typically have in my breakfast is bacon, and because there were so many other excellent options on this Thursday, it was easy to skip it!

Lunch: Black Bean and Jalapeno Quesodilla + Chips + Queso

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I have no clue why I played myself by ordering this meal. For some reason, I could not stop forgetting that black beans have almost no flavor. Plus, I don’t really like jalapenos that much, beyond the fact that they’re spicy. The chips and dip were this meal’s saving grace!

Dinner & Desert: Salad + Mystery Pizza + Wrap + Pistachio Canoli

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This was unediably my worst food day. I had a meeting for work where they provided the food. I knew there would be pizza, so I was expecting there to be a cheese option for those who don’t eat meat and/or don’t crave adventure. There was no cheese pizza! The two meatless options were a fig (maybe?), feta, and arugula (I think?) pizza that I had and a vegan radish and arugula pizza with a bean sauce instead of marinara. I tried to do a wrap, but I had to take out the tomato and half the olives, which left it with almost no flavor. Thankfully, the salad was bearable and the canoli was pretty delicious.

Friday

Breakfast: Banana Bread + Bananas + Tea

Again, a very classic Monday/Friday meal combo.

Lunch: Grilled Cheese with Spinach, Cucumber, and Mayo + Chips

I actually like grilled cheese sandwiches, so I decided to do a more turned up version of one of my favorites. 8/10, would eat again!

Dinner: Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups

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I am any opportunity lasagna eater, so when I saw this recipe on Pinterest from Budget Bytes, I knew I had to cook it! It wasn’t difficult to make, though I did have a bit of a panic when I realized that I needed to wrap my dish in foil to bake and that I did not have foil (never cook without fully reading your recipe!!!). Thankfully, it was all sorted out and I can’t wait to make this again! I loved it! My roommates loved it! You’ll love it!

What are your favorite vegetarian recipes?

Thanks for reading!

Until next time, have an awesome rest of your day and an amazing rest of your week!

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2 thoughts on “Vegging Out: What I Eat in a (Vegetarian) Week

  1. i’ve been a vegetarian my whole life and it’s always interesting to see people going vegetarian! it definitely is much easier to not eat meat if you’ve never eaten it before. as for recipes, try substituting meat pasta sauce with marinara sauce mixed with alfredo. ooh, and for quesadillas, put in refried beans, cheese, tomatoes, & taco sauce. lettuce tastes good in it too! let me know if you need any more! applause to you for trying this out 🙂

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