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Any other vegetarian dieters around?(10 Posts)
Supper this evening was Anna Jones cauli and spinach pizza with pumpkin wedges. Yum. I pigged out a bit but it all came in at 430 cal.
I'm vegan and my mfp is set to 1200. I switch out vegetable noodles for pasta to save calories.
Appetite for Reduction is a vegan cookbook but has lots of obviously veggie friendly meals that are fairly low calorie, each recipe has the nutritional info on it. Her quantities are insane though so I usually half it. There is an amazing Broccoli Chowder I use, that is so filling but low in calories.
Mushroom and spinach risotto is a family favourite and is sub 400 cals a portion. I love butternut squash chips as an alternative to potato.
Lots of lovely ideas here. Especially main meal ideas which is where I'm a bit lacking.
Love the mexican idea - we used to do that, but haven't for ages.
We don't really eat quorn or pretend meat like veggie sausages, but I am going to investigate pulses a lot more. The family are getting cheesed off with lentils recently, but I'm going to do kidney beans, chickpeas, butterbeans etc etc.
And yes, salad for lunch is lovely.
Today for lunch I had spicy cabbage soup with a handful of chickpeas.
Supper will be cauli steaks and salsa I think.
Oh and sweet potato is a great idea - haven't had that for ages. Or pumpkin come to think of it.
I'm veggie too. Mfp set to 1200 calories. I only seem to be able to tolerate a small amount of soya or Quorn which is frustrating.
My typical day is:
Breakfast: porridge and fruit or overnight oats (yogurt helps boost the protein). At the weekends I usually have eggs, mushrooms with a slice of toast.
Lunch: houmous or cottage cheese with crudités or soup or salad with feta cheese or leftovers from my dinner the previous day.
Dinners are pretty much the family meals we always have but controlling portions e,g lentil Bolognaise, veggie curry, chilli, veggie sausages, risotto, small amount of pizza with lots of salad.
Snacks are usually fruit or rice cakes or these 30 cal crispbake things I found in home bargains.
Used to eat a lot of cheddar cheese. I don't now. I don't think low carbing can really work for vegetarians.
OP your food looks great! I would add lots of salad and big piles of green vegetables, as they are delicious and low calorie. I just gobbled up a huge pile of kale, garlic, mushrooms, with a bit of leftover brown rice, all sauteed in a little sesame oil; it felt like a lot of food, but was probably not that many calories. I just like the quantity...
We eat quite a few different pulses (black turtle beans, red lentils, edamame, puy lentils, navy beans, kidney beans, pinto beans, etc) to give some variety.
One family favourite is to make burritos, (which I have without the wrap). I put out bowls of: black beans (cooked in a Mexican way), brown rice, lettuce, cilantro, tomatoes, olives, salsa, jalapenos, grated cheese, broccoli, roasted potato and sweet potato, roasted peppers, red onions, mushrooms, guacamole, tofu, etc. I make myself a massive pile of food, mostly just the veg, but with a little of everything, and lots of spicy salsa on top; it is fun to eat and very satisfying.
Some of my faves at the moment
Spinach and feta frittata
Pasta quark and brocollini
Actifry chips and poached eggs
Homemade leek and potato soup
Vegetarian sausage frittata. I use the Linda McCartney red onion and rosemary sausages. Very filling.
Sorry for typos, was trying to do too many things at once! Should have been a , between the wedges and courgetti, I don't have them together!
I'm veggie and my mfp is set to 1200. A typical day is porridge for breakfast, soup for lunch, low fat cottage cheese on rice cracker as a snack.
Dinners are usually
veggie bake / grill (between 200 - 300 cals depending on which one) with salad and sometimes baked sweet potato wedges courgetti with quorn, veggies & sauce, veggie chilli
Stuffed mushrooms (around 100 cals and co-op, morrisons and aldi all do nice ones) with lots of veg.
A weekend brush is sometimes a couple of veggie sausages, eggs, mushrooms and baked beans. Omelette are another good stand by and I just throw in whatever veg I have in the fridge.
I limit bread and white potatos
I sometimes think dieting is harder for us veggies. It must be easier to have grilled chicken or fish and salad or steamed veg as a low cal but filling meal.
And that's before i even think about low carbing!
Anyone got any tips to share?
I'll share my typical day (under 1400 cal on mfp)
B: poached egg on avo on dark toast with chilli and lime.
S: coconut water
L: humus and carrots / miso soup w bean curd
S: nut butter on rice cake / banana.
D: veggie soup / veggie stir fry / veggie curry w cauli rice
I wish i had more options. What am i missing?
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