I think that something people often wonder about vegetarians, but rarely ask, is what DO you eat? I can tell that sometimes, when I say I don’t eat meat, I get kind of a baffled look, and then I usually get fed either pasta/spaghetti or some kind of mushroom thing. And I know most people are so kind and trying to be accommodating but it can get a little monotonous. I thought maybe, it would be interesting to all you non-veggies out there to share what we DO actually eat on a regular weeknight for dinner. Not only will it give you ideas about what to feed your vegetarian friends, but I think movements like Meatless Monday are making great traction right now and if everyone ate just a little less meat, it would be better for the Earth too!
The second question I actually do get all the time and it is, how do you get enough protein? Part 1 of my answer is that I think we have all been a little brainwashed about how much protein is really necessary. Low carb high protein diets are popular and we live in a meat and potatoes country so we all tend to think protein should be a huge part of our diets. Part 2 of the answer is that there is a ton of protein in other foods besides meat, I swear! Did you know mushrooms are high in protein? I eat eggs and dairy too. And don’t forget beans, black beans, kidney beans, chickpeas… Soy products like tofu have a lot. Even quinoa has a lot of protein. And so do seeds like sunflower seeds! And of course, normal vegetarians can eat nuts (I miss you nuts!!).
So long story short, being a vegetarian is really not that complicated. I eat all the same stuff you do, just without the meat! Last week, I was faced with a mostly empty fridge and no idea what exactly to make for dinner so I thought for a while and improvised this Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Potato Hash with Fried Egg and it turned out to be totally delicious. I know Brussels Sprouts can be a little love ’em or hate ’em, but I love them. If you’re not a fan, you could do this with asparagus or zucchini or something and it would still be great!
Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Potato Hash
1 lb. Brussels Sprouts
5-6 medium red potatoes
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1 half large red onion
Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
2. Wash and chop your potatoes and onion into 1 to 1 1/2 inch chunks. Toss with olive oil, the garlic powder, sprinkle liberally with kosher salt, and spread out on half of a rimmed baking sheet.
3. Roast, stirring occasionally for 30-40 minutes until the potatoes are soft and starting to brown.
4. While the potatoes and onions are cooking, wash the sprouts, cut off the stems, and cut them in half.
5. After 30-40 minutes, toss your sprouts with a little olive oil, sprinkle with a little salt and pepper and spread them, cut side down, on the other half of the cookie sheet.. Roast for about 15 more minutes until the Brussels Sprouts are soft enough to stick a fork in and the cut sides are caramelized.
6. While the Sprouts are cooking, fry 4 eggs. Cook them however you like your eggs!
7. When everything is done, toss the potatoes, onions and brussels sprouts together, add a handful of feta cheese and top with a fried egg. Yum!!