Food for herbivores

If you’re interested in vegetarian/vegan food, but have an impossibly carnivorish family, I might be able to help you. A little, at least. (You don’t really have to have a carnivore family, I just wanted to write that.) Food without meat is good for you, for the environment, and just to top it off, it can taste brilliant! But you probably figured as much out yourself. I’ll give you a little fact you might not know. 18% of greenhouse gas emissions come from the production of meat. That’s more than all transport put together. Including airplanes.

So if you want a clean conscience (well, I’m not sure a completely clean conscience is possible for anyone, but if you want to clean out some of your conscience, at least), eating vegetables and “that stuff” (more on that after the very nice picture of me and my dinner) is a good way to go. For the environment, and the animals. And you. Jackpot, hell yeah!

People who are used to making most dinners with the base in meat, can find it a little difficult to think of things to make without meat. There’s a lot of things to eat besides just vegetables without it being meat. And there’s a thousand ways to vary them. Lentils is one of my favourites. I make this lentils soup that I’ve been in love with since the first time I made it. And so has just about everyone else who’ve tried it (I know, modesty). My mum asks me to make it every time I’m home. Besides lentils, there’s beans, peas, and a whole lot of varieties of whole grains. You can also make dinner cakes (as seen with me pointing my finger enthusiastically) with vegetables as carrots or beets.

Lentils Soup

This pan can easily be “upgraded” by adding different vegetables to taste.
Add  for example broccoli, snow peas, carrots, cauliflower, etc. Serve with some good bread.

  • 250 gr. red lentils
  • 1 liter boiling water
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons grated ginger root
  • 2 Tbsp. tomato puree
  • vegetable stock
  • turmeric
  • basil
  • cayenne pepper
  • curry
  • salt

Fry the onions, garlic, and ginger until they are soft. Add the turmeric and tomatopuree. Pour over water and a 5dl
Dice / ca 1SS (powder), vegetable broth.

Bring to a boil, stirring constantly, lower heat and let the pot simmer for 30 minutes. Add the spices a few minutes before removing the pan from the heat.

The great, allmighty lentils soup! If you like cooking, I recommend you to try it. If you don’t like cooking, I can tell you that it’s fairly easy to make. So go on, make it. Make it, make it, go you, go and maaaaaake eeet!

My dad makes this amazing vegan lasagna. It’s all about substitutes. There’s substitutes for everything. Even the cheese.

Oh, and as for the myth about not getting protein without eating meat, it’s just that. A myth. Nothing to worry about, just vary your food and be inspired and you’re good to go! If you’re planning on going vegan, I would recommend you read a little up on it never the less. There’s lots of great places to do that.