Vegetarian Recipes

Being a big animal lover I always wanted to switch to a meat free diet, but always thought of eating purely vegetarian food as ‘boring’ and ‘tasteless’. After being inspired by recipes I had found online, I quickly discovered this was far from true. In fact I have actually found myself preferring the meat free versions of some of my favourite meals. I have put together some of my favourite meal ideas that I have created or found to hopefully inspire some of you that are in the same boat that I was. Some of these recipes are/can also be suitable for vegans as this is something I personally may explore in the future to make my diet 100% cruelty free. These are also very healthy so great if you want to improve the quality of your diet. Enjoy!

Baked Sweet Potatoes

This is one of my favourite meals to make as it doesn’t require much effort to cook and is very filling and full of flavour so won’t leave you craving anything meatier!

For the sweet potato, you need to bake it in the oven until the skin is crispy and a fork goes right though. Depending on the size of the potato, I find this takes between and hour and an hour and a half (for larger potatoes). 

For the filling, I like to fry some mushrooms, aubergine and baby spinach and then flavour it with a mixture of red and green pesto.

This tastes great finished off with some grated cheese, but for the vegan diet you could use a substitute or just eat it as it is. 

Vegetarian Lasagne

Even before I switched to a meat free diet, lasagne was always something I loved without the meat. The basic concept is the same - layers of pasta filled with white and red sauce. The difference is the ingredients used for the red.

Mediterranean vegetables work great for this recipe. I would suggest aubergine, peppers, tomato, onion and mushroom. To make it taste even better I like to roast the vegetables in the oven first and then mix them in with the tomato sauce. 

A variation on this can be done with spinach and ricotta, here is a quick and easy recipe.

Top with grated cheese and serve with a leafy salad or sweet potato fries (made by slicing and oven baking the potato, season with some herbs and salt). For a vegan option, here is a dairy free white sauce recipe  dairy free cheeses are also available for the topping. Also check that your lasagne sheets do not contain egg.

Mushroom And Tofu Pasta

This makes a great quicky and easy lunch or dinner. If you don’t like/have tofu, I find this is just as yummy if you double up on the mushrooms.

Start by boiling some water and adding your favourite type of pasta. Personally I like to do this with penne. Then fry your tofu for about a minute or so and add mushrooms, aubergine (or courgette), onions and any other vegetables you have to hand. I like to keep it simple and usually use those three, with the mushrooms being the highest proportion. I liked to soften and slightly caramelise my vegetables when making pasta by adding about half a teaspoon of brown sugar. This is optional but I love the taste it gives the meal. Then add some red pesto (vegan pesto is available to buy, or you can make your own like this), season to taste, add some tomato sauce or tinned tomatoes, and it is ready to serve! 

Again you can top this with grated cheese if you wish.

These are just a few of my many favourites, here is a list of some other great recipes to try:

Honey, ginger, tofu and veggie stir fry

Black pepper stir fried noodles

Vegan popcorn chicken

Quinoa burgers with sweet potato fries

Vegan french toast

I hope this inspired a few of you to try a meat free diet for once in a while, or maybe even for good! I recently made a healthy lifestyle blog for inspiration, so you can message me on there if you have any questions!

Lauren xoxo

hellcatyoukaigirl said:

MEATIER SHOWER ☄☄☄☄☄☄☄☄☄☄☄☄☄☄☄

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((I’M BEING FLOODED BY THOSE THINGS, HELP

☄ - My opinion of you

Hentai master Zach-

I DON’T KNOW WHY, BUT FOR SOME REASON EVERY TIME I THINK ABOUT YOU, THE ONLY THING I COULD THINK OF IS “HENTAI MASTER ZACH”

Maybe it’s because of how you show Orin and stuff, OR MAYBE IT’S OUR PAST CONVERSATIONS, BUT WHEN I IMAGINE YOUR ORIN I ALWAYS IMAGINE HER WITH UTSUHO POSING FOR SOME SWIMSUIT COVER- 8DD;;;

Still, you’re really good in canon and really friendly with helping me out with things related to SA, I managed to polish Satori a bit thanks to you~ And your Kasha headcanons are really great, I think I need to review them, though, I just realized I think I can’t recall some of them. We should really talk more though, yes.

… HENTAI RANK A))

It doesn’t taste half bad, either. Meatier than he might’ve expected, with different kinds of beans, and it warms him as it slides down to his stomach.

(It would be good with real meat, too. The thought floats through Harry’s mind that he hopes Zayn can save most of the goat, and he feels as guilty as he does hungry.)

Three lines later:

"My sister broke her arm when we were kids, and it still pains her whenever it rains." Harry chases a chunk of canned hamburger patty around the bowl with his spoon.

YO DOES IT HAVE MEAT IN IT OR DOES IT NOT HAVE MEAT IN IT MAKE A DECISION

Captain America: The Winter Soldier was quite a good action flick, but one of my complaints was that Black Widow didn’t really have a lot of reason to be around. This deleted scene hints that she might have had a meatier role in the movie, though.

Brian Sweeney’s milkshake brings all the green chicks to the yard. Original photo: Marvel Comics, Illustration: Fausto Fernós.

Guardians of the Galaxy blew up the box-office last weekend, surpassing expectations with an impressive $94 million debut, making it the biggest August opening to date.

Besides being a hilarious tribute to space action films, the summer blockbuster opens the door to awesome sequels and cements comedic hunk Chris Pratt as the Internet’s most favorite celebrity. Jennifer Lawrence who?

Move over Jennifer Lawrence, here comes something meatier!

Today Brian Sweeney joins us to take a look at why Guardians of the Galaxy is a fun success while the film Green Lantern fails miserably.

Plus–

If a monkey takes a selfie in the forest, does anyone own the photo?

Monkey see, monkey sue. Photo: David J Slater/Caters

Why it hurts you more than it hurts photographers not to credit them.

The star of Burger King’s ‘Blow Job Ad’ lashes out at the company.

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Album Review: DZ Deathrays

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Artist:  DZ Deathrays

Title: Black Rat

Record Label: Infectious Records

Release Date: 18th August 2014

Rating: 9.0/10

DZ Deathrays haven’t bought into the ‘second album jitters’ it would seem. Sophomore LP, ‘Black Rat’ takes the sonic bedlam of the band’s debut record ‘Bloodstreams’ and pushes it to new levels. This is the Aussie pair propelling their own brand of thrash-pop into fresh and exciting territories. Musically, all the facets of what make DZ such a face melting prospect are present but with pop undertones that have been enhanced, as if they’ve have been subjected to several bouts of steroid injections prior to being committed to tape.  Shane Parsons’ riffs pack a meatier wallop, Simon Ridley’s drumming rattles with a muscular thwack and vocally, Parsons’ has expanded his range from deathly growl to melodic trill. ‘Black Rat’ could quite well be the perfect follow up album, due to the fact it holds the same components as it’s predecessor but everything has taken a giant bound, not just in volume but in song structures, the occasional flirtation with electronics and the all-round feeling of progression.

Confidence is something that seeps from ‘Black Rat’ like a fragrant sewer – this is an album that struts with a hip-hop swagger which is evident in the springing ‘Reflective Skull’ with its beach ball bounce and elastic appeal. Opening onslaught and album title track, ‘Black Rat’ is driven by a stop start combo of razor sharp guitar slices and huge drum licks that attribute to DZ’s new found rap influence. This isn’t Parsons and Ridley going all ‘bitches and hoes’ but merely adding this layer of poise is what you’d want to hear from a duo as vital as this Brisbane pair. 

‘Black Rat’ twitches and writhes with a fidgeting need to keep evolving, single ‘Gina Works At Hearts’ flits from visceral bombast to sing-a-long choruses with a sweet pop centre, whilst the explosive ‘Less Out Of Sync’ is where you recognise Parsons’ new acidic howl with a song that bursts into barrages of static moulded into a three minute pop song from a parallel universe. DZ hinted at a digital bent on ‘Bloodstreams’ and the burbling ‘Fixations’ is front ended with an electronic influence, akin to Crystal Castles dissolving into a the pair’s effects pedals.

The spectrum of which DZ are playing with has become a broad prospect, ultimately ‘Black Rat’ is a raucous trek through eardrum worrying noise but ‘Northern Lights’ shows a side to these Aussie boys we’ve not seen before. Effectively, Parsons and Ridley quit the skull rattling for one moment to produce a song that could rival Coldplay when it comes to widescreen arena rock antics. Even the band have self-proclaimed that this tune could be ‘DZ Coldplay’. Where ‘Northern Lights’ illustrates a more considered – dare we say it ‘mature’ sound – ‘Ocean Exploder’ denotes like a megaton blast. Easily the heaviest thing DZ have ever created, the way the two piece career through a bevy of twisted fretwork, massive drum beats and Grohl-style screams is mind-blowing. The riff alone is enough to make you shit your pants with glee. 

Cunning, dirty as hell and curiously loveable, this is one ‘Black Rat’ you’d want to save from pest control. 

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