After living on a yoga retreat center for four months, eating only vegetarian food and then travelling throughout India where cows waddled over for pats, it only seemed natural for me to stop eating meat. It hardly felt like I was missing anything in my diet. I decided to continue the veggie way of life because I realized how much healthier I was eating. I also felt better about making less of an impact on the environment.
I wrote this post because I found it hard to adjust to a normal Western city life where meat is a central focus to most dishes. I’ve since been on lots of food blogs looking up delicious and easy recipes that leave me feeling full and satisfied. I’m not one to spend hours in the kitchen. When I’m hungry, I’m hungry, I hate to spend 3 hours making a meal that will be consumed in 15 minutes. To me that’s just seems like a colossal waste of energy.
So here are seven of my favorite lazy-friendly veggie dishes so far.
1. Indian Daal. A staple dish in India, consisting mainly of lentils and turmeric. It’s healthy, versatile and super easy to make. I like to throw in some chilli flakes and a handful of chopped spinach too.
2. Buddha bowls. This was a classic favorite for everyone at the yoga center. Buddha bowls are really just a whole bunch of different roasted veggies, salad, and sometimes rice covered in tahini salad dressing. I’d usually garnish it with chilli flakes, roasted cashews and sunflower seeds. Ugh. Soso good!
3. Vegetable stir fry. This is my ultimate go-to dish. I just throw in whatever vegetables I have (broccoli, mushrooms, onion, garlic, peppers) put a bit of coconut oil in the pan and fry em up. I make some rice on the side and spice it with turmeric and chili flakes. Pretty simple.
4. Sweet Potato & Black Bean Quesadillas. This is quite a long recipe and I’m lazy. It could easily be simplified and changed to your laziness level.
5. Pumpkin and feta salad. Oh my god! I love pumpkin. It wasn’t until the yoga center baked up pumpkin covered in coconut oil and cinnamon did I fall in love. It’s basically desert but somehow also a vegetable, it’s really just a dream come true. I think really any salad that contains pumpkin is a win but when its married with feta (or goat cheese). Holy moly!
6. Vegetable curry and rice. This is a super delish recipe that’s easy to make and can be made with whatever veggies you currently have laying in your fridge. Pour it on top of a bed of brown and red rice – voila!
7. Toast and butter. One dish I can say that I have truly mastered, it makes me a real hit at parties. Nothing quite beats warmed butter on toast. Mmm.