All posts tagged: vegetarian

A raw vegan experience

2 comments

A few weeks ago, Team UNITED (so, just me) took up a raw vegan challenge – basically five days of eating in line with a raw vegan lifestyle. According to the internet, “raw veganism” is also sometimes referred to as “absolutely awful”, which we found to be more accurate.

The back-story is that when it comes to food and nutrition, about the only things I am confident in are broccoli and water. Everything else seems to be the most amazing thing ever, and dangerous, at the same time depending on who is telling the story. With this in mind, for …

UNITEDA raw vegan experience
read more

A ban on barcodes

No comments

Hi team, welcome to October.

Having watched our fair share of food/health/industry related documentaries, the most recent being Food Choices, the common thread is that a plant-based whole-foods diet is favoured as the most environmentally sustainable, and best for ideal human health. Aggressive debates aside, it seemed to us that the logical progression from being an observer was to become a participant. Whilst the Project UNITED household has been a vegetarian household for about five years, we (well, me. I’m pretty sure Mrs UNITED will shake her head and leave the room) have decided to accept the challenge …

UNITEDA ban on barcodes
read more

Experimental: egg lasagne

No comments

I thought I had created egg lasagne until the internet told me otherwise. But no one does it this way (probably)…

Prep time: 30 mins Cook time: 45 mins Total time: 75 mins
Makes a big lasagne

I must admit I didn’t have a great egg lasagne plan, just thought it might be worth a crack…

Egg lasagne ingredients

  • Lasagne sheets (we went with freshies because we weren’t confident that dry lasagne sheets would soften)
  • 12 eggs
  • 2 cups of spinach, chopped
  • 1 cup of mushrooms, chopped
  • 3 regular tomatoes, diced
  • 10 sun-dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cups of mozzarella cheese
UNITEDExperimental: egg lasagne
read more

Top #5 breakfast venues in Brisbane

No comments

…for vegetarians in Brisbane’s inner South East. Yes that is very specific.

Intro and caveats

Over the course of the last two and a half years or so, Mrs UNITED and I (yes that’s right, I’m married, sorry ladies) have journeyed across the inner South Eastern suburbs of Brisbane doing breakfast on most Friday mornings at any new and exciting establishments that we can find (I’ll be the one wearing at UNITED shirt, not because I am peddling my own brand, but because I don’t really have any other clothes). We aren’t “foodies”, so we certainly don’t have any credibility …

UNITEDTop #5 breakfast venues in Brisbane
read more

Smashed crispy potatos with avo aioli

No comments

Simple. Delicious. Potatoey.

Smashed crispy potatoes with avo aioli

Prep time: 20 mins Cook time: 60 mins Total time: 80 mins
Makes about 8 tennis-ball sized potatoes + aioli

Ingredients

  • 8 washed potatoes
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 egg
  • 1 clove of fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • Cracked black pepper and salt

Do it

  1. Boil unpeeled potatoes for around 25 minutes until soft. Pre-heat oven to 180C.
  2. Add avocado, egg, garlic, lemon juice, and a tbsp of olive oil to a food processor, and blitz until smooth. Set aside in the refrigerator.
  3. Place potatoes on a
UNITEDSmashed crispy potatos with avo aioli
read more

Things to consider when going meatless (or meat reduced)

No comments

The popularity of vegetarianism and veganism is certainly on the rise. Whilst these dietary lifestyles aren’t for everyone, those who pursue these lifestyles may do so for various reasons, from animal welfare and humanitarian issues, to general health related issues, or simply in order to reduce the weekly grocery bill. But if you were considering adopting a plant-based diet, here are some things to consider when going meatless.

Going meatless

Once the menu-shock of removing meat from your dinner plate subsides, there are some strategies you may need to consider in order to transition to a veggie-based regime whilst …

UNITEDThings to consider when going meatless (or meat reduced)
read more

Know your dietary tribe, part #2

No comments

In part #1 we looked at the first five of 12 dietary tribes:

  1. Omnivore
  2. Macrobiotic
  3. Raw foodist
  4. Vegan
    a. Fruitarian
  5. Vegetarian
    a. Flexitarian or semi-vegetarian
    b. Lacto-vegetarian
    c. Ovo-vegetarian
    d. Ovo-lacto vegetarian
    e. Pescetarian
    d. Pollotarian

In this post we look at vegetarianism and the variations within the category – flexitarian or semi-vegetarian, lacto-vegetarian, ovo-vegetarian, ovo-lacto vegetarian, pescetarian, and pollotarian.

Vegetarian

Vegetarianism is an umbrella term encompassing a number of variations within a “meat free” or “meat restricted” lifestyle.

Vegetarianism is fundamentally a diet based on the removal or restriction of eating meats (including seafood and poultry) and the by-products …

UNITEDKnow your dietary tribe, part #2
read more

Know your dietary tribe, part #1

No comments

[Part #2 here]

Across the next two Monday’s (including the one we are currently enjoying), we identify 12 (yep, twelve!) dietary tribes and outline what makes them what the are. We have left Paleo out largely because we covered it here.

Who makes the 12 tribes?

Most of us know the main ones – veganism and vegetarianism for example, but there are a few which you may not know so well:

  1. Omnivore
  2. Macrobiotic
  3. Raw foodist
  4. Vegan
    a. Fruitarian
  5. Vegetarian
    a. Flexitarian or semi-vegetarian
    b. Lacto-vegetarian
    c. Ovo-vegetarian
    d. Ovo-lacto vegetarian
    e. Pescetarian
    d. Pollotarian

In this post …

UNITEDKnow your dietary tribe, part #1
read more

Quinoa pizza base

No comments

Pizza is the best thing in the history of everything. Fact. But that doesn’t mean it has to be an unhealthy option in your dietary regime. This quinoa (pronounced keen-wah, not queen-oh) pizza base is a peach and is extremely easy to create. Note that the quinoa needs soaking overnight, so plan ahead.

Quinoa pizza base ingredients

  • 1 cup of quinoa
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons chilli powder or mixed herbs (optional – we found that on its own, the quinoa base can be a little bland)

Make it happen

UNITEDQuinoa pizza base
read more

Swedeballs (meatless Swedish meatballs)

No comments

Oh mumma. These little devils are delicious, healthy, and versatile.

What’s in meatless Swedish meatballs?

You can mix this up however you like but this was our choice of ingredients:

  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 chilli, finely chopped
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 cup vegetable stock
  • 1/2 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 tsp sea salt

Den metod (Swedish for “The method”)

  1. In a mixing bowl, combine oats and vegetable stock and allow to sit for a couple of minutes.
  2. Add in the remaining ingredients and stir thoroughly.
UNITEDSwedeballs (meatless Swedish meatballs)
read more