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10 Amazing And Delicious Vegetables Recipes (Yes! Meat-Free!)

10 Amazing And Delicious Vegetables Recipes (Yes! Meat-Free!)

I’m the first to admit it. I am a carnivore and (as Katy Perry said), I like it.

Growing up, no meal would be complete without some form of protein- whether that be a grilled steak with a potato medley or tuna fish mixed through pasta- the animal protein was always present.

I still remember the first time my friends recommended us to try a local Melbourne restaurant called ‘Veggie Bar.’ The name in itself was off putting, but after being recited half the menu, I was already planning a post meal McDonalds run.

After ordering my curried chickpea and spinach burger with a side of cajun wedges, I was already thinking up ways to convince myself the tofu was chicken. After taking my first bite….I was shocked! Positively shocked! This full fledged meat eater was enjoying this completely meat free meal. However, I had a reputation to uphold and told my dining companions it was merely ‘okay.’

I went back again the next week.

I did NOT go with the same friends. As I said- I had a (dietary) reputation to uphold.

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Here are 10 recipes which I’d easily consider dinner for a meat free option….or when there is a meat strike in the supermarket.

1. Crispy Buffalo Style Quinoa Sliders via How Sweet Eats

I almost hang my head in shame to admit….I may consider giving up my weekly beef burger habit for these epic looking sliders.

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    2. Crispy Quinoa Cakes via Oh She Glows

    A sneaky and delicious way to get youngsters to score a serving of vegetables, is hidden in these Crispy Quinoa Cakes. Perfect for Vegans and those who can’t eat nuts!

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      3. Baked Felafel Lettuce Wraps via Back To Her Roots

      Full of fiber and full of flavor, these Baked Felafel Lettuce Wraps would fit in all your necessary veggie servings in this meal alone, and not to mention would give PF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps a run for their money!

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        4. Roasted Vegetable Lasagna Stack for one via Back To Her Roots

        I love single serving recipes and this lasagna looks so delicious, I could actually eat it from my screen…but I’d bump my head and that’s not cool.

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          5. The Greek Quiche via Clean Eats Fast Feets

          The combination of olives, artichokes, sun-dried tomatoes and feta cheese makes this dish the ideal option to serve for breakfast or brunch, and perfect for leftovers. Even Zeus would want a slice of this.

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            6. Zucchini Salad with Parmesan and Basil via Chelsea’s Healthy Kitchen

            While you may be entering Autumn/Fall, keep your meals out of season with this delicious Summer inspired salad. The combination of parmesan and basil already makes it a winner in my book!

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              7. Detox Quinoa Salad via Kiss My Broccoli

              The only detox I’d foresee coming would be from over consumption of this salad- chock full of chickpeas, pomegranate and quinoa. I’d gladly overdose on this.

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                8. Peach Raspberry and Basil Flatbread via Kiss My Broccoli

                I am already counting down the days until the next brunch I’m hosting…purely to whip up this bizarre yet genius flatbread!

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                  9. Eggplant Meatballs via Lexi’s Clean Kitchen

                  Who would have ever thought eggplant and meat could be married into perfection in circular form? I didn’t…until now. This would be the perfect way to convert even the biggest carnivores out there.

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                    10. Vegan Portobello Pizzas via Minimalist Baker

                    I pride myself on not being discriminative… to pizza. This vegetable filled twist using portobello mushrooms as their base should be awarded an Academy award…. of food. A chef’s hat? A star rating? A faceplant by me? Yes.

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                      So before you proclaim to be a vegetable fiend or only consider meals to be ones with animals- give one of these recipes a go. They will convert you.

                      Well, that might be pushing it. But it will keep you deliciously satisfied until your forthcoming steak.

                      Featured photo credit: Arman Liew from thebigmansworld.com via media.lifehack.org

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                      Last Updated on November 5, 2020

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                      Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                      You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. A rut can manifest as a productivity vacuum and be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. Is it possible to learn how to get out of a rut?

                      Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, or a student, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                      1. Work on Small Tasks

                      When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks that have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                      Whenever I finish doing that, I generate positive momentum, which I bring forward to my work.

                      If you have a large long-term goal you can’t wait to get started on, break it down into smaller objectives first. This will help each piece feel manageable and help you feel like you’re moving closer to your goal.

                      You can learn more about goals vs objectives here.

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                      2. Take a Break From Your Work Desk

                      When you want to learn how to get out of a rut, get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the bathroom, walk around the office, or go out and get a snack. According to research, your productivity is best when you work for 50 minutes to an hour and then take a 15-20 minute break[1].

                      Your mind may be too bogged down and will need some airing. By walking away from your computer, you may create extra space for new ideas that were hiding behind high stress levels.

                      3. Upgrade Yourself

                      Take the down time to upgrade your knowledge and skills. Go to a seminar, read up on a subject of interest, or start learning a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                      The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college[2]. How’s that for inspiration?

                      4. Talk to a Friend

                      Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while. Relying on a support system is a great way to work on self-care when you’re learning how to get out of a rut.

                      Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                      5. Forget About Trying to Be Perfect

                      If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies. Perfectionism can lead you to fear failure, which can ultimate hinder you even more if you’re trying to find motivation to work on something new.

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                      If you allow your perfectionism to fade, soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come, and then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

                      Learn more about How Not to Let Perfectionism Secretly Screw You Up.

                      6. Paint a Vision to Work Towards

                      If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                      Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the ultimate goal or vision you have for your life?

                      Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action. You can use the power of visualization or even create a vision board if you like to have something to physically remind you of your goals.

                      7. Read a Book (or Blog)

                      The things we read are like food for our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great material.

                      Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. You can also stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs and follow writers who inspire and motivate you. Find something that interests you and start reading.

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                      8. Have a Quick Nap

                      If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep[3].

                      Try a nap if you want to get out of a rut

                        One Harvard study found that “whether they took long naps or short naps, participants showed significant improvement on three of the four tests in the study’s cognitive-assessment battery”[4].

                        9. Remember Why You Are Doing This

                        Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                        What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall your inspiration, and perhaps even journal about it to make it feel more tangible.

                        10. Find Some Competition

                        When we are learning how to get out of a rut, there’s nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                        Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, and networking conventions can all inspire you to get a move on. However, don’t let this throw you back into your perfectionist tendencies or low self-esteem.

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                        11. Go Exercise

                        Since you are not making headway at work, you might as well spend the time getting into shape and increasing dopamine levels. Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, or whatever type of exercise helps you start to feel better.

                        As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

                        If you need ideas for a quick workout, check out the video below:

                        12. Take a Few Vacation Days

                        If you are stuck in a rut, it’s usually a sign that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                        Beyond the quick tips above, arrange one or two days to take off from work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax, do your favorite activities, and spend time with family members. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                        Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest.

                        More Tips to Help You Get out of a Rut

                        Featured photo credit: Ashkan Forouzani via unsplash.com

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