Meatfree pins

Red pepper and courgette soup

Since the start of this year I’ve been making more of an effort to eat more plant-based foods. For the first two weeks of January, I lived by vegan principles and found that I felt a lot better. I had more energy, generally felt healthier and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it and how little I missed meat.

My 14-day detox has encouraged me to make changes to my lifestyle. While I’m not quite ready to become a full-time vegan (yet) I’m certainly going to apply the principles of vegan living as much as I can. No longer will I be ordering my morning latte. Instead, I’ll be switching to almond milk. Now, having meat in every meal is a thing of the past. I know what plant sources I can turn to in order to get protein, and they will be my first port of call. It’s far from a conversion to veganism but it’s a step towards it. I’m pretty certain that these small changes will eventually lead to bigger things.

With that in mind, I’ve been doing a lot of pinning of meat free recipes. There is a good mixture of vegetarian and vegan recipes that cover all courses, with so many that I can’t wait to try.

Do you have a meatfree or vegan pinboard you could share with me? Please send your links my way.


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  • http://www.mintnotion.com/ Eden Mint

    I made the switch to a vegetarian diet last year and couldn’t be happier! I’ve lost weight and feel good about the positive impact I am having on the environment. I would like to become a full vegan someday, but it has been hard to give up cheese and butter. I’ll have to check out your pins for inspiration :)


    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I know what you mean Eden. For me, the hardest thing to give up permanently would be eggs. I use them a lot more than I thought and only really discovered just how much I do use them when I did my vegan experiment x

  • http://www.diamondcanopy.com/ Winnie

    I really like non dairy milks. Soy, Rice and Almond milks are so yummy! Sounds like your vegan detox is going well!

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I’ve never tried rice milk – I’ll need to get into that! I am definitely a fan of soya and almond and hazelnut is pretty good too x

  • http://www.themidnightblog.com/ Charlotte

    Yay! I just followed your board. Everything looks delicious!
    All the recipes I pin are vegan/plant-based (or veganizable): http://www.pinterest.com/charlottefday

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks so much for this Charlotte! You have some amazing recipes pinned that I cannot wait to try!x

  • http://harrietemily.com Harriet Emily

    I’m so glad you enjoyed eating more plant based meals Chiara – I definitely noticed the same effects when I started to eat more veggie food, I have so much more energy now. It’s amazing! <3

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      It is remarkable how much more energy it gives you, isn’t it Harriet? It’s one of my main motivators to try and make this lifestyle experiment more permanent :-)

  • http://ancaslifestyle.co.uk/ Anca

    I’m glad you feel like this. Avoiding meat is the first step into a healthier diet, as there are so many amazing dishes to chose from, to add variety and vitamins and excitement. xx

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      You’re right Anca, there really is no shortage of amazing dishes to take advantage of. I’ll definitely be trying and tasting more of them from here on in x

  • Sooae Lee
    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Sooae!x

  • http://www.mirandasnotebook.com Miranda | Miranda’s Notebook

    I admire you for going meat-free for so long – I’m not sure I could do it!! xxx

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      I did find it quite tricky to start with, but it wasn’t the meat that I missed so much as the eggs. I discovered that I really do eat a whole lot of eggs!x

  • jillian totaro

    Looks delish! Definitely will try this!
    xo, jill

    • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

      Thanks Jillian!x

  • http://www.wineandolives.co.uk/ Chiara Pannozzo

    Christina you are a star, thanks for sending me these! I’ve had a look and some of them look so good! I’m looking forward to getting in the kitchen :-)

  • http://www.birchjuiceblog.com Kasi Zlochevski

    Good for you for changing your lifestyle! I’ve cut out red meat from my diet, and now I occasionally eat chicken and fish if I’m out at a restaurant somewhere. Though I try to eat as little meat as possible. For a few months I went meat free but I still ate fish and sea food, that was a pretty easy transition. We also only buy almond milk, which to me doesn’t seem very different from regular milk.

  • http://littleturkishgirl.blogspot.com Ashley J

    I’ve also gone a bit meat-free. Two bouts of food poisoning from meat did me in. I now eat meat every once in awhile, but I really limit it. I do need some good ways to get more iron, though! Spinach, I guess?