What do you eat?

April 19, 2012

When I was home in Idaho a couple weeks ago, my dad asked me (earnestly, not in a sarcastic manner), “What do you eat?” You see, my dad’s a very healthy eater, but the world of vegetarianism is an uncharted world to him. After returning home, his question stuck with me. What do I eat? Normal things, of course! It was so familiar to me, that I hardly knew how to answer the question.

So to answer the question, I made a habit of snapping a few photos before I sat down to breakfast, lunch or dinner. Dad, and everyone else reading, here is what I eat…

{Whole wheat bagel with peanut butter and sugar-free jam with coffee, of course}
{Cornmeal-crusted baked tofu, broccoli and slow-cooker black beans for lunch.}

{Steamed green beans with spray butter, whole wheat toast withย 
Laughing Cow cheese wedges and grapes.}
{Whole wheat tortilla, roasted asparagus with caramelized onions,ย 
black beans and mashed avocado for dinner.}
{And, of course, the occasional mini cupcake for dessert. Aren’t these the cutest?}
Vegetarians or vegans out there: What do YOU eat? Anything crazy creative or out of the box?

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  • Reply Lindsey April 19, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    I do eat some meat, but like to limit it. Many lunches are salads with egg, beans, veggies and hummus, veggie/hummus sandwiches or my favorite grilled apple&pb sandwiches. Suppers are sweet potato lentil chili, homemade soups, quinoa stir-frys, veggie burgers – so much to choose from!

  • Reply Jennifer April 19, 2012 at 6:37 pm

    I’ve really reduced the amount of meat in my diet and have gone back to juicing – trying to get as many good nutrients as I can, naturally, and it tastes so good. Breakfast is a juice/fruit smoothie (beet, carrots, apples, kale blended with berries, banana and if I don’t have kale, organic frog greens powder). Salads for lunch & dinner, often with beans & maybe a piece of flat bread, sometimes a little chicken in there… Though last night I made toasted quinoa w/ turmeric & seasonings & put sauteed kale & cannellini beans on top. SO good. Trying to eat less bread/pasta, too – replacing with veggies & legumes as much as possible. Lots of great options once you bust out of old patterns.

  • Reply Urban Wife April 19, 2012 at 6:38 pm

    We’re not vegetarians so 2x/week we have fish, then 1x we’ll have chicken. The rest of our protein comes from beans & legumes. Lots of veggies & salads are side dishes and sometimes we’ll add quinoa/couscous/brown rice to supplement. Breakfast is oatmeal or egg whites (eggs for hubby) and some sort of fruit (for me) and/or yogurt/granola. Snacks are nuts/peanut butter/raw veggies with hummus/cottage cheese w/tomatoes, etc. Of course, there is the occassional dessert. Because if you don’t know me, I have a sweet tooth that might just need to be extracted someday. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Kristen April 19, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Oooooh – what is the recipe for that tofu?

    • Reply MadisonMayberry April 19, 2012 at 7:20 pm

      Kristen, I’m planning on posting a recipe for the tofu soon! It was my first attempt at using this method, so it needs a few tweaks. But it’s most certainly coming to the blog.

  • Reply Amy April 19, 2012 at 7:02 pm

    I’m not a vegetarian but not a huge meat eater either, so it’s nice to see some veggie meals! How do you do the baked tofu…is it literally just tofu dipped in cornmeal and baked?

    I usually have whole wheat toast with peanut butter and bananas for breakfast, or a bowl of cereal with skim milk. Lunch is usually some sort of salad or sandwich, depending on what’s in the fridge, and dinner might be stirfry, pizza, spaghetti, chicken and veggies, etc… nothing terribly exciting. Tonight I’m having stirfry veggies with chicken and rice. For snacks I’ll have an apple with peanut butter, a granola bar, Greek yogurt, or lately, chocolate! The Easter candy has got to go!

    • Reply MadisonMayberry April 19, 2012 at 7:21 pm

      Amy, the recipe is still in process, but I plan on posting it as soon as I get it nailed down. The tofu tasted almost like chicken nuggets, in a really good way!

  • Reply DessertForTwo April 19, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    Gosh, I’m so nosy, I love posts like this!
    I’m a vegetarian (who eats meat once a week, hah) and I subsist on whole grains. Whole wheat toast and tea for breakfast, dried fruit (or fresh) for a pre-lunch snack, and lunch is usually left over dinner. My dinners are generally straight from 101 cookbooks. Lots of beans, whole grains and vegetables. It may not sound like a lot, but my portions are huge (vegetables are low-cal!). But also, I eat dessert every.single.day. I wish I didn’t, but I just can’t resist. Oh, and wine! Not more than one glass a day, with hopefully some days skipped in between.

  • Reply Theresa April 19, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    Madison, I love reading your blog because I have been a semi-vegetarian for many years. I say semi because I occasionally eat meat(maybe 1 time per month) but only if I prepare it. I have been asked “What do I eat?” by family and friends many, many times. My husband does not think it is a meal unless there is meat involved so, like you, I make meat for dinner almost every night. I typically will always include sides that work for me like rice, roasted veggies, etc. I love BOCA burgers and we grill out often. In honor of National Grilled Cheese month, yesterday I posted on my blog about some great grilled cheese sandwich recipes I found at other sites and then our own versions of these. I do not see cheese in your posts very often, are you vegan or do you just not eat much cheese? Also please post your recipes for the baked tofu and black beans. They look great.

  • Reply Stephanie April 19, 2012 at 8:31 pm

    If I had a nickel for every time the hubs and I get this question (we’re mostly vegetarian)… I’m currently loving oatmeal with peanut butter, honey and flaxseeds in the morning, a frozen veggie burrito (need to get away from the freezer food, though!) with an apple and carrots for lunch, and dinner is always different — veggie enchiladas, pizza, pasta, rice and beans, etc. And always, always dessert. ๐Ÿ™‚ Love this post!

  • Reply Jennifer April 20, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    I always think that’s such a funny question, but I appreciate them wanting to understand. I usually ask them what they had for lunch dinner or breakfast and I’ll say something like, well I would eat everything you just listed except for X (the meat portion). I still pretty much eat the same type of meals (stir fry, tacos, pasta, pizza, etc) just with no meat or something like beans to replace the meat.

    I was a little anti-tofu for awhile, but I’ve found a method that I love. If I eat it as a cube or slice, the internal softness turns me off. But if I crumble it apart, use a little marinade or seasoning, and then saute it or broil it until it’s crisp, that works for me.

    I started out my journey very strict, and very close to vegan, but I’ve since realized for me and the rest of my life, that won’t work. So I eat fish every other month or so and I am open to trying meat here and there if it appeals to me in the future.

    Thanks for this post, I always enjoy seeing what other vegetarians eat in a day. I’d love to see it more often if you’re up for it! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a great weekend!!

  • Reply Rachel April 21, 2012 at 3:27 am

    Eating mostly a plant-based diet, this is what a typical day looks like for me
    breakfast- egg, toast and banana with coffee, lunch- veggie wrap, fruit, veggie chips, etc and dinner- with me being in graduate school its usually something simple such as vegetarian nachos (homemade baked chips, black beans salsa, guac etc) or baked portabello caps! yumm!

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