Recipes

Going Vegetarian?

Last week the WHO released new stats and research to suggest that processed meats increase our risk of cancers, and people flipped out, admittedly including me! Mr T arrived home to find me purging our fridge of all meat based products and it took him a good hour to explain to me why this new research was not actually as it seems. Let’s be honest though, processed meats are not great for us. When I’m eating a sausage, I’m under no illusion that it is a healthy food choice but I eat it because it’s fricking delicious! However, the new research got me thinking about becoming a vegetarian. After chatting with other moms, I decided to start by increasing our vegetarian meals first instead of cutting meat out altogether. I was craving a Mexican inspired dish last week so I figured; why not try a veggie option.

I don’t know what to call this to be honest, Mexican chickpea and quinoa maybe? Well basically it was so yummy, if I do say so myself! Baby I particularly loved this and it’s a nice texture for those doing baby led weaning! I cooked this on high in the slow cooker for 3 hours but you could do it in a pan instead.

What you will need:

Coconut oilIMG_1412
1 garlic clove, crushed
1 onion
1 sweet potato
1 tin of corn
160 grams of quinoa
1-2 tsp cumin
1 can of chickpeas
tin of chopped tomatoes
pinch of cayenne chilli pepper
1 avocado
large handful of coriander
1 lime
300 mls of stock

IMG_1396Soften the onions in some coconut oil in a frying pan, add garlic and continue to cook for 1-2 mins. I use the spray coconut oil which is really handy for cooking. Add cubed sweet potato, cumin and cayenne pepper and cook for a further 3-4 mins. If you like you can cut the sweet potato into shapes using cookie cutters for the little members of your family.

IMG_1405Transfer contents of frying pan to slow cooker and add corn,tomatoes, quinoa, chickpeas and stock. Cook on high for 3-4 hours or on low for 4-6 hours. Serve in bowls with chopped Avocado, coriander and a big squeeze of lemon. Don’t leave out these final ingredients as they add a huge amount to the flavour.

And that’s it! Hope you all enjoy it as much as my brood did. I would love to hear any ideas you guys have for vegetariandishes! As always you can follow me on instagram @orlaithsheanon16IMG_1427

Bye for now!

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