Meat Free Favorites

Ever since I’ve been turning inward and deepening my spiritual journey, certain things aren’t as appetizing to me anymore. The first thing that began not tickling my tastebuds was chicken. It’s very difficult for me to ingest these days. Something about it just tastes off! Every now and again I’ll find a way that it’s prepared a bit tasty, but for the most part it’s not my favorite these days.

Then, a few weeks ago, I woke up and had a strong pull toward the decision to eat less meat all the way around, so I figured why not give it a try. My concern with eating vegetarian/vegan has always been the amount of carbs that seem to be a staple of every meal and the fact that beans can do a number on my stomach. I’m also aware that I don’t know a whole hell of a lot about eating this way, so I should probably do some research before I jump to conclusions. So, I set out on my hunt (no pun intended) for some great recipes to begin my new journey and I found several really fantastic bloggers and tons of yumminess that I could totally throw down with.

Now, I still eat fish a few times a week, goat cheese and the occasional egg, but I’m doing fairly well and actually enjoy eating less of our animal friends. Full disclosure, I did fall off the wagon the other night for “In-N-Out” but I got right back on. For now, if I am really craving meat I’ll allow myself to enjoy it, IF that’s what my body needs, but I feel lighter eating this new way and a lot more grounded AND I do reserve all rights to change my mind. I know that life is in constant change as I am in constant creation of myself. As soon as I think I know what or who I am something changes, shifts or awakens and an entirely new part of myself is unearthed and I can become a bit of a contradiction to myself, but I have learned I am ALL of it and I am allowed to be. We are all allowed to be, but we must allow ourselves the entire experience of being and becoming. Ok, there’s my spiritual “aha moment” imbedded in my food blog.

At any rate, even if you aren’t vegetarian or vegan, check these bloggers out for some fantastic recipes. Going meatless one day a week or even just a couple meals a week will give your body a break from having to work overtime on the digestion front. At least, that’s what it has done for mine.

What’s your food journey like? Are you finding yourself inspired to try anything different these days?


Happy Hearted Kitchen

SOE’s top pick: Roasted Potato Caesar Salad with Vegan Hemp Seed Dressing


Keepin’ It Kind

SOE’s top pick: Artichoke Crab Cakes with Sriracha Tartar Sauce 


Deliciously Ella

SOE’s top pick: Creamy Garlic and Thyme Mushrooms


The First Mess

SOE’s top pick: Lemon Rosemary Vegetable Stack With Lentils + Creamy Horseradish Vinaigrette


Olives For Dinner

SOE’s top pick: Crispy Buffalo Cauliflower Salad


Blissful Basil

SOE’s top pick: Vegan Almond Butter Shortbread Cookies


The Conscientious Eater

SOE’s top pick: Vegan Pumpkin Pancake


If you’re in the mood to find some more great recipes, head over to Finding Vegans. It’s a one stop shop for finding Vegan recipes, curated by vegan bloggers and chefs.




  • Re: your spiritual aha moment embedded in your food blog for which I loved the liberty of. It sounded very liberating 🙂

    The heart of who you are, is a child of God . That is a never changing thing. We are each given specific spiritual gifts for us to grow into and our individual journeys are very specific (I think yours is to be a light because of your voice- you draw attention like a magnet because of it). As a quote says, we have to find out what God needs from us. But it’s not hard because He speaks to our hearts when we seek Him, when we are after His own heart.

    We have to stand strong in who we are as a children of God and know our work. We have to go to Him and find out what it is. We have to. This life demands it because our spiritual gift is given to help each other. Anything that side tracks us from cultivating our main work is the enemy distracting us. We have to keep it simple and dig into the true work.

  • A great book about health and the benefits of eating plants is “How Not to Die” by Dr. Greger. It was life changing for me! I purchased the audio book as well and listen to it while I walk.

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