Becoming A Pescatarian
What the hell is a Pescatarian? 🤔No, I haven’t started eating pests.
Pescatarian means a person who does not eat meat but eats fish. From the Italian word ‘pesce’ meaning fish. I hope you learned something new 🤓
My mother’s been a pescatarian for years and back then I thought she was crazy for giving up meat. I used to eat meat on the daily, my whole diet consisted of meat for protein. I was consistently thinking about what meat to eat for my next protein hit 💉
One day I started watching a new Netflix doco called ‘What The Health‘. They talked about the impact of highly processed industrial animal foods and how there are high links to cancer and other diseases. But I’m not gonna go into depth about the doco because you just have to watch it. To be honest, I wanted to experiment on how I would feel and how my body would change.
Luckily for me eating seafood every day is easy. Coming from a Japanese background I’ve had seafood in my diet since I was born 🍣 The first thing I noticed was the less bloating, slimmer stomach and the less sluggish feeling. I started not to be so obsessive about the protein intake and more about the veggie intake. Sometimes I eat vegetarian dishes that I would have never eaten before which makes eating exciting.
But of course, if you’re not a huge fan of seafood then it’s gonna be tough. Another way to just reduce the intake of meat without going full veggo, you can simply have 1-2 meat-free days a week. (Sounds crazy? Don’t worry you’ll live!) But remember that doesn’t mean stuff your mouth full of ice-cream, chips and chocolate! And yes, people ask me all the time if I miss meat? Not really, I just don’t think about it. However, I don’t put a burden on my life with not eating meat. I do make exceptions on special occasions too.
So why not give it ago and save some animals while you’re at it? 🐮 To help you get started or just want something new to eat, here are 3 of my easy fish & veggie recipes.
Veggie Burrito Bowl
- A cup of chopped lettuce & baby spinach
- 1/2 cup of brown or black rice
- 1/2 cup of black or pinto beans
- 1/2 smashed avocado
- 1/4 cup of salsa
- 1/4 cup of corn
- 1/4 Tsp of garlic powder
- 1/4 Tsp of onion powder
- 1/2 lime
- salt & pepper
- sour cream & cheese (optional)
- Cook the rice and the beans separately. Add avocado, lime, salt, pepper, garlic & onion powder. Mash until smooth.
- Add all the ingredients into a bowl then add avocado on top. (cream & cheese on top if adding.)
Baked Salmon & Veggies
- 250g of salmon (1 serving)
- 1 tbsp of garlic butter
- 2 x bunches of asparagus
- 2 thin slices of lemon
- salt & pepper to taste
1. Place asparagus in foil then add the salmon on top. Add garlic butter, salt, pepper & lemon on top.
2. Fold it up and place in the oven to bake at 200degrees for 30-40mins.
Veggie Mini Quiche
Ingredients: you can put in any veggies you like
- 9 eggs
- 1 cup of milk (can use almond or coconut)
- 1/2 cup of shredded cheese (optional)
- 250g of chopped baby spinach
- 1 chopped red onion
- 1 chopped red capsicum
- 100g chopped mushrooms
- salt to taste
- Add oil to a pan and saute the onions on medium low heat for 2 mins. Add capsicum and spinach and saute for a 1 min then set aside.
- Grease the muffin pan and divide the veggies between the tins. Crack eggs in a large mixing bowl. Add milk and salt. Whisk together.
- Sprinkle the cheese to each tin then pour the egg mixture into each tin. Bake at 200 degrees for 20-30mins. Poke to see if it’s ready.