Hey man, you’ll survive without meat

1 kg of beef equals 24kg of wheat flour in terms of natural resource use. That’s like 50 bread loafs or 2 big steaks. 

It’s October, make it a “lihaton lokakuu”, which means meatfree October in Finnish!

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Vegan bodybuilder Nimai Delgado

You know the stereotype of the woman ordering a salad and the man ordering a steak? For some reason vegetarianism seems to be much more common among women than men. I know a lot of women are also eating meat but beef still seems to be a bit of a macho thing. At least in my group of friends. Luckily there are a lot of vegetarian options for guys who think a little salad might contain too little calories. Did you know that (for most Finns) half of the consumed protein actually goes right through your body or turns into fat? Or that a bit of bread contains protein? Even if you’re a bodybuilder you can do without meat, check this cool guy out for example!

If you already are a vegetarian/vegan or just doesn’t want to be talked into vegetarianism, just scroll down to the featured recipe ;).

Dear meat-lover, I don’t say you have to totally stop eating meat. But I’m saying you should most definitely eat vegetarian food at least 3 times per week. That’s the least you can do. It’s good for your health, it’s good for the environment. You probably know lentils, chickpeas and beans but the problem might be you’re not sure how to make something edible out of them!

My blog will for the next weeks feature a weekly simple vegetarian recipe. It might hopefully even interest those who already know how to make some vegetarian recipes because I will get some help from my flatmate Rebecka who’s absolutely amazing at cooking tasty vegetarian food. Then I’ll provide some super simple recipes for the ones who’s cooking normally would consist of frying minced meat and cook some pasta! Some of the recipes will be vegan too.

 

So here it comes, super simple pumpkin soup! This particular recipe is quite low in protein to be honest. The next ones will contain more protein but I just wanted to post this since all these ingredients are in season. As you probably know, favouring seasonal products is good since it takes less energy to produce food when it grows best. The good thing is also that most of the ingredients can be bought without any plastic packaging! The soup really is so simple to make, the preparations take just 10 minutes and then you can chill while it boils.

  • 1 pumpkin
  • 1 onion
  • 1 apple 
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 3 cm of fresh ginger
  • 1-2 liters of water
  • 2 dl Oat cream
  • 2 vegetable broth cubes
  • Thyme, black pepper and turmeric for taste

 

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    Carve out the pumpkin seeds. Peel the pumpkin and cut the yellow flesh into ca. 2 cm big pieces. Chop the onion, garlic and ginger into small pieces. Do the same with the apple if you want to add that, I didn’t have an apple this time.

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    Fry everything in olive oil in a pot, for about 10 minutes. Then, add the water and the broth cubes and let it boil for about 20-30 minutes.

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    Make the soup smooth with a blender/bamix and add some Oatly cream. Add some salt, pepper, thyme and turmeric for taste. Let it boil for another few minutes.

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    Remove most of the orange pumpkin flesh by soaking the seeds in some water. Then fry them in a dry pan (without oil) until they´re crunchy. Then pour a bit of soy sauce over them!

 

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Voila, super tasty!!!

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