Vegetarian? Yes but ….

Vegetarian, vegan, healthy food …. Oh my God, the internet is overfilled with healthy people and wonderful photographies of healthy food. Happy cooking women who look gorgeous and fit!

And here I am, Mom of two adult children, 43 years old, having a fulltime job, commuting from Monday to Friday, two days off for the weekend. Just wondering how can I become a healthy responsible fit woman like all those creatures looking at me from my different screens – phone, computer ….

Living healthy and saving animals and our planet is my new credo!

How to???????

My daughter offered my a wonderful vegetarian cookbook for beginners. I’m full of enthusiasm to start my new clean eating trip.

First, trying to find all the ingredients for the recipe is like climbing the Mount Everest without training and equipement! My local supermarket doesn’t have half of the ingredients I need. Second surpise, my weekly eating budget is exploding!

No problem, one has to accept making sacrifices to become a good healthy citizen. Back in the kitchen, having worked all day long, took me two full hours to go and come back from work. Tired, but workout has to be done before eating. And then, awwwwwwww the book said 30 minutes to prepare the meal, and now it’s more than an hour that I’m cleaning, chopping and crying because of fresh and healthy onions! When I finally have finished with all those veggies, comes the moment to put it in the oven, another 45 minutes before we finally are sll seated around the table with my first vegetarian meal. I’m so tired, I don’t even appreciate eating.

Okayyyyyyy, that is a disaster, but I’m not a girl (mmmmm woman) to give up easily. My motto : never give up!

So here’s my proper vegetarian lifestyle. Cheap, easy, quick … All I need to be happy. And it’s true, I feel much better now that I have totally eliminated meat and fish from my dishes. But I don’t think that I could become vegan, I’m addicted to milk products like cheese. However, I have reduced seriously my consumption of milk or eggs. I now use almond, coconut or rice milk.

I found a lot of vegetarian dishes in my local supermarket like puffy dough filled with cheese, spinach and cheese, tomatoes and mozzarella. You can also get fried cheese balls. For the vegetables, I either take deep frozen products, boxed veggies or dried beans/ lentils/dehydrated smashed potatoes. At home, I add onions, spices, or I combine different vegetables. I also try different type of cooking, fried, steam cooked or baked in the oven. The only limit is your imagination.

With this method, I globally have a 120€ weekly budget for food for four adults.

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