WIAW Mum, I’m … a Vegetarian

Yay, it’s WIAW party time again! Thanks, as ever, to our gorgeous host Jenn over at Peas and Crayons. I hope Jenn’s going to bring some of her Sweet Potato Chickpea Burgers to the party. They look amazing! You must check them out!

For this week’s foodie party I’d like to share our eats from yesterday. Fortunately I managed to take shots of each meal, though the light was so bad that I’m surprised any of them actually came out!

Here’s what we had…

Warm lemon & water (Me & M); juice for Lil L

Me & Lil’ L had chocolate clusters again this morning (still loving these!), with a sprinkling of chopped walnuts, hempseeds, flaked almonds and goji berries on top. Today’s milk of choice was Kara Coconut Milk (currently on offer in Waitrose)  M had his usual huge bowl of porridge with nuts, seeds and dried fruits sprinkled on top.

I decided that it was about time that I did something with the pumpkin that the boys never got round to carving for Halloween. It’d been plonked on the dining table 2 weeks ago and, until yesterday, it was still there!

I’m not a huge fan of pumpkin as I find it doesn’t have much taste and its texture is a bit watery (well, the ones we get here in the UK anyhow… maybe the US version are different?) I decided that I’d make a soup out of the pumpkin but, to bring out its flavour, I roasted it.  After 30 minutes, I added a red onion, red pepper, yellow pepper and 2 crushed cloves of garlic to the tray and roasted them on for a further 15 minutes. I then blended the roasted veggies with a jug of vegetable stock. The result was a silky smooth, creamy soup with a subtle roasted veggie flavour.

I think that a handful of chopped chives would have worked really well with this soup but as I didn’t have any, I used flat leaf parsley instead. The tiny pieces of fresh chopped red & yellow pepper are great as a garnish & also add great taste & texture.

Lil’ L took the soup to school for his packed lunch, along with some sunflower seeds to sprinkle on top, and a couple of slices of Burgen sunflower & chia bread. He said he wasn’t sure about the soup after the first spoonful (it’s the first time he’s had pumpkin) but, after a couple more mouthfuls, he decided that he did actually like it 🙂   I had the same experience. By the third mouthful I decided that this soup was indeed scrumptious. I’ll definitely make it again in the future.

For a mid-afternoon snack, I had a huge bowl of roasted pumpkin seeds. For me, the seeds are by far the nicest part of the pumpkin. I absolutely love them roasted with a little sprinkling of sea salt.

For his mid-morning snack, Lil’ L had 2 seeded flatbread crackers with organic mushroom pate.

2 black coffees (I’m revising for a 3-hour Buddhist exam (which is next Tuesday) and, for some reason, coffee is my drink of choice whilst revising 😉
Clippers Organic Nettle tea (still my number 1 herbal tea!)
Smoothies, juice and water

We had a quick dinner tonight which consisted of left over veggie chilli, served with toasted wholegrain tortilla segments.  I think I’m going to call this my ‘Rainbow Chilli’ because you should see the chopping board once I’d prepared all the veggies. It was an explosion of colour! I used red onion, red, green and yellow pepper, yellow sweet corn, green courgette, red tomatoes and black beans. I also threw in a cup of veggie mince as Lil’ L loves some chewy texture in his chillis.

For a super quick dessert, I whizzed up some date & nut cobbler in the food processor and served it on top of tinned peaches, with a drizzle of Alpro soya cream. Such a simple dessert but it felt really special!

We had a quick, early dinner last night because we were heading into Bath to watch the Christmas Lights being switched on. I was very excited because one of my all-time favourite comedians, John Bishop, was turning on the lights. I gained huge respect for John Bishop after he completed his ‘Week of Hell’ challenge for Sport Relief earlier this year. He gained even more respect from me when I found out he’s a vegetarian 😉

I’ll leave you with one of my favourite clips from John Bishop’s ‘Britain’ Series 2 called ‘Mum, I’m…. a vegetarian‘.  Like John, I became a vegetarian in the mid 1980s and this clip makes me laugh so much.

Are you a veggie? If so, when did you make the change? How did your family react?

28 thoughts on “WIAW Mum, I’m … a Vegetarian

  1. I’m not a vegetarian, (although some days my meals would say differently!) but I know that when I went “healthy” my family definitely reacted. At first they were totally against it, but as soon as they saw that it’s something that I really wanted to do, they were behind me 90% The lacking percentage is for the moments when they still had their doubts. Lol.

    Those chocolate clusters sound delicious! We were never allowed to have chocolate for breakfast growing up 🙂 And so does that pumpkin soup! I have yet to make soup out of squash, but I’m positive that I would love it.

    1. It’s so funny how our families react when we announce that we’re going to adopt healthier lifestyles 😉 I think they’re worried that we’ll lack something… yeah, we’ll be lacking all the bad, processed, unhealthy stuff lol!

    1. Thanks Shannon! I love veggie chilli but definitely don’t make it often enough! I’ll have to put that right this winter as it’s the perfect meal to serve as the cold sets in. Have a great weekend! xx

  2. That guy’s properly funny! I think stopping drinking cow’s milk was a bigger shock for family than being a vegetarian. ‘Why don’t you drink cow’s milk; it’s totally normal?’. Er, no its not.

    1. I just listened to John Bishop on the Desert Island Discs podcast so great timing for you to post a clip. Very funny guy and his life story is unusual and endearing too.

  3. That chili looks delicious! I’ve been a vegetarian for a few years now though occasionally I have a little meat, but that’s like once in a blue moon. My stepdad still teases me about being vegetarian though he stands firm that we all need to eat massive amounts of meat. Thankfully my boyfriend is switching over to more vegetarian meals so I won’t get teased there.

    1. I’m sure that if you serve him lots of tasty colourful veggie meals then he’ll soon be a convert. I’ve been with my hubbie for 20 yrs and about 3 years ago he became 100% vegetarian. They all come round in the end 😉

  4. Although I only started eating a vegetarian diet since earlier this year, my family has embraced my new eating habits with open arms. My little “Taste Tester,” on the other hand, has a difficult time when he visits Grandma and Grandpa (dad’s parents). They still try to serve him traditional Portuguese meals with meat, potatoes, fish, and lots of sugary sweets. It’s a real struggle!

    Thanks for sharing that video btw…hilarious! I love the Vegetarian frozen food section lol A Carrot??!! really!! soooo true!

    1. It’s so good to hear how your family have embraced your new eating habits. I totally understand how tricky it can be with in-laws. It’s so frustrating isn’t it when they try and over ride your parenting choices and think they know best? Keep standing your ground and hopefully they’ll come round in the end x

  5. The chili looks sooooooooooo delicious!
    I’ve been vegan for 5 years – family did not take it so well! I still get the occasional joke about it but I think they are largely over it and realise now its not just a phase I’m going through but that I’m committed to it for life!

    1. Thanks Sandy! The chili was indeed delicious and, more importantly, my little boy loved it 🙂
      When I was 12 I asked my mum if I could become a vegetarian. She agreed straight away and I was pretty shocked at how well she took it! It turned out she thought it was just a phase & that I’d be over it in a couple of weeks. How wrong was she? 😉

  6. I’m not a vegetarian, but I like to participate in Meatless Mondays & love to make a lot of vegetarian dishes. 😀 I’m soooo making those chocolate clusters when I’m finished with my move!! Mmmm and that soup sounds amazing, too! I’m super impressed that Lil L eats all of these healthy meals you make. That’s so wonderful.

    1. Meatless Mondays is such a great initiative isn’t it? It’s something that’s manageable for so many families, regardless of their regular dietary habits. Apparently just eating veggie meals one day a week makes a huge positive impact on the environment 🙂
      Hope the move’s going well! Have a great weekend x

  7. Those chocolate clusters look so delicious! What a lovely breakfast 🙂 I’m with you on the pumpkin seeds, I love roasting some and tossing them in some spices. I hope the switching on of the lights was good, I’m going to the one in Cambridge on Sunday, for me it marks the beginning of the buildup to Christmas!

    1. I went into Bath tonight and it looks so beautiful with all the lights on. I’m not sure about all the santas though… the middle of November seems a bit early for him 😉
      Enjoy the light switch-on in Cambridge. I bet it will be stunning!

  8. I’ve been a vegetarian for 18 years now and from when I started until my mom passed away 10 years later she was convinced it was “just a phase” I was going through! Anyway, your chili looks beautful and so does your pumpkin soup! I have been obsessed with pumpkin seeds lately and eat them nearly every day for a snack. They’re so nutritious!

    1. My mum thought my vegetarianism was a phase too and happily went along with it thinking I would be ‘over it’ in a couple of weeks… that was 28 years ago lol!
      So sorry to hear that your mum passed away so early in your life. That must’ve been pretty tough :/ Big hugs xx

  9. I agree with you about most pumpkins in the UK – the orange skinned ones are awful. I’m an aussie living in London and I grew up eating Queensland ‘blue’ pumpkins – the big grey ones that are hell to cut, but so delicious. Occasionally I can find a blue/grey pumpkin here, usually at farmers’ markets. Recently found some yummy Kabocha squash in Waitrose – they taste just like the blues, rich and creamy. Love your blog. x

    1. Hi Debra. I’m so happy that you like the blog! I’ve loved reading your comments about the pumpkins 🙂 I’m glad someone else thinks the same as me about the UK orange pumpkins. They’re pretty bland aren’t they? I’ve never tried a blue pumpkin or kabocha squash before (butternut squash is my fave.) but I’ll definitely keep a look out for them as I love to try new foods. We’ve got a new, huge Waitrose that’s just opened in Bath so I’ll hunt out a kabocha next time I’m in town x

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