I had two surprises with this diet:
I have tried a lot of different nutritarian recipes over the last few months, and have taken a lot of recipes and tweaked them to make them nutritarian friendly. There are so many things I can eat that I don’t feel all that limited.
A lot of people go to tofu as a fill-in when they give up meat. I used to eat tofu from time to time even before this diet, but I still don’t feel like eating it every day is the best thing for this diet. For the nutrient to calorie ratio, it’s not terrible but it’s really not that great either. I like it from time to time, but I didn’t want to rely on it. I only eat a 350g package of tofu (usually firm) about once a month or so. In my experience, I would rather base my recipes around fruits and vegetables and beans, as I think those recipes end up being the tastiest. Tofu is best as a kind of accessory to a dish.
I think there is a bigger issue here too, though- when people give up meat they tend to get obsessed with making the foods they can eat taste like meat. Tofurkey I’m looking at you.
I find when I try to have substitutes for meat, I don’t feel fulfilled and just crave meat. I find it so much better to make a recipe that is perfectly happy being a vegetarian/vegan dish, and is not trying to be a fake meat dish. Those are the ones that are the most satisfying and tasty, and that’s how I try to eat and cook.
I get my recipes from a wide variety of sources, from Dr Fuhrman’s Eat to Live Cookbook, and from his member section recipes (subscription fee needed but the user comments really help improve the recipes). I get lots of good vegan recipes off Pinterest (watch that they don’t contain added sugar, salt, and oil, or adjust as needed), and from the odd Nutritarian blog like this one, this one, this one, this one, or this one. Hot tip: use the app Chef Tap on your mobile device to store recipes from almost any website in one app, it’s amazing, and I use it all the time.
Here are some examples of easy and quick nutritarian foods I’ve made:
Simple chopped veggie salad. Zucchini, red pepper, julienne carrots. Many veggies would go well here. Then simply add Cashew Cream, *magikal* recipe here, and wow this is so tasty!
Soups are so delicious and filling and can be very quick to make. Here’s a pho recipe that I love and have made a few times. I make a really simple version of miso soup with veggies (below) that only takes 10-15 minutes to make, great quick lunch.
Basically I used a couple Tablespoons of miso (could add or substitute vegetable broth/stock- picture of my favourite below). Then I add whatever ingredients I feel like- often brown rice vermicelli (or other whole grain noodles), spinach or other greens, and bean sprouts. But pretty much any veggies you like would be good- onions, mushrooms, broccoli, carrots, zucchini, whatever.
To be clear, I don’t care too much about organic, I just really like this veggie bouillon and while it does contain sodium, it is fairly low sodium.
Breakfasts I like to keep simple- smoothie and a piece of fruit, or oatmeal with fruit.
This smoothie is one mango, one pear, and about a cup of almond milk. My easiest morning smoothie is just one banana, a cup of almond or soy milk, and a Tbsp of unsweetened cocoa. Easy and quick. Done in a Magic Bullet.
Another alternative is Oatmeal- this one is a half cup of large flake oats, some frozen blackberries, and banana. Really delicious.
I have lots and lots more so will try to continue to post. Happy eating!