No Meat for a Month Challenge

So this March my husband and I are really going to challenge ourselves. We’re going to give being pescatarian a go. Okay technically not ‘no meat’ cause we’ll be eating fish and shellfish etc but that’s a good start for us, who’ve never really had a vegetarian meal in our lives. A number of reasons lead ourselves to this decision. In no particular order; we hope it will be cheaper, we might eat healthier, I get to learn how to cook new recipes (cause I’m pretty tired already of just making pies and different types of chicken like, all the time) and we decided pescatarian over just good ole vegetarian because well for me I’ve never really eaten fish, and I wanted to challenge myself to be able to cook fish meals (and hopefully I’ll convince my husband to give mussels a go!)
I know what you’re thinking, going cold turkey on meat is a bad idea. I understand I probably should wean myself off it, but heck I love a good challenge. It’s not something that’s just popped into my head either, I’ve been thinking about this for a while now and in preparation I’ve scoured through my recipes books to find some great recipes that sound and look yummy. Obviously I can’t post every single recipe, but here’s just a few of the recipes I can’t wait to cook!

  • Mini Salmon and Broccoli Pies
  • Roast Butternut Squash
  • Spicy Salmon Fish Cakes
  • Prawn and mussel Paella
  • Margherita Pizza (I totally forgot I can still eat pizza, just take away any meat toppings and there you have it)
  • Asparagus and Tomato Tart
  • Mushroom Vol au vents
  • Slow cooked Potato Stew

I got all these recipes (and more!) from my favourite recipe book ‘A Year Full of Recipes’. As I start the month of March and Begin trying out these recipes, I’ll be sure to post my favourites! For now though Google will do the work for you, just type in any of the meal ideas and you’re sure to get great recipes online!

Also side note I made my first ever soup today! I have no idea why I was so anxious to try making a soup, to be honest it’s actually the easiest thing to make. Today was Butternut Squash Soup, and even if I say so myself it was uh-maze-ing. I literally just threw it together this morning in the slow cooker so it would be ready for when me and my husband came home later this afternoon. 1 chopped butternut squash, roasted in the oven for 25mins in a bit of olive oil and salt and pepper. Whilst the butternut squash was in the oven in the slow cooker I had 2 carrots chopped , 1 red onion chopped, 2 celery sticks chopped and 500ml of vegetable stock. And then simply put the roasted butternut squash in with the rest of the ingredients. That was literally it. I had it cooking on low for about 4/5hours, came home, blended it, threw some croutons on top and there it was a really tasty, healthy and (most importantly for my challenge in March) vegetarian meal that I really enjoyed. So along with any other recipes I posted earlier I am now pretty confident I could make a good few soups as well to help me through this challenge in March.

So what about you? Do you think you could give up meat for a month? Who knows you may prefer it or at the very least you’ll learn a ton more recipes (which is my goal!). Let me know if you’ve ever tried a no meat diet or even a pescatarian diet, and if you have any recipe ideas then definitely share them!

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5 thoughts on “No Meat for a Month Challenge

  1. dori says:

    I’m not the biggest meat eater to begin with, but I do love the occasional burger.

    When I first started weight I completely cut out meat for a little bit. I ended up w some nutritional deficiencies so you have to be careful!! And that was even eating eggs as well.

    Specifically – iron, B12 and D were all very low. But you can still cut out meat and be ok as long as you’re smarter than I was.

    If you’re eating just veggies, make sure you eat them with enough fat so that you can absorb all the nutrients. If you’re eating grains, fortified grains will get you there (I wasn’t eating grains, and that was probably part of it). I also should have eaten more beans.

    Anyway – as far as getting that full feeling you get from meat – lot’s of avocados, beans, rice, tomatoes is my way. There are a lot of great recipes online for slow cooker vegetarian chili, and they are so good and give you that meaty satisfaction.

    Here’s one I modified: http://fatgirlsfitness.com/2016/01/21/slow-cooker-vegetarian-chili/

    Good luck to you 😀

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    • shannonbiggs122 says:

      Thanks for all the tips! I was wary about not getting all the nutrients I needed.. Something I’ve got to keep on top of for the month.. And even afterwards! I’ll definitely give that vegetarian chilli a go 🙂

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  2. Mia says:

    I hope it has gone well for you both! I stopped eating meat 4 months ago and I don’t miss it at all. Since I follow a pescatarian diet I feel so much better, and I am also very proud of myself for achieving it 🙂 I am hoping one day in the future i will also be able to stop eating fish and seafood.

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