I'm going on vacation for two weeks with a close friend who is an ovo-lacto vegetarian. I'm trying to compile as big a list as possible of paleo/vegetarian meals, or options that we can each supplement in our own way. What are your favorite paleo-friendly, vegetarian-friendly meals?
I'm looking for as much spice and variety as possible - we've got two weeks to plan for. Thanks!
Some veg dishes that I make which are pretty paleo.
Cheese soup (this everyone goes nutso
for. I use a small amount of rice
flour instead of wheat flour to
Eggplant "parm" (don't fry the
eggplant, broil it then layer ricotta
and other cheese with tomato sauce)
Fritatta with veggies and potatoes
Veggie and cheese casserole. I like
to do this with cooked broccoli and
yogurt and grated cheese, just bake
it in the oven until bubbly.
Ratatouli (not much protein, but my mom always
served it with mozzarella melted on
Moroccan baked eggs in tomato
sauce. Spicy and delicious!
Coconut flour pancakes topped with fruit (or
maple syrup if you're feeling
Veggie fried rice
Yogurt parfaits with berries and nuts
Coconut bacon (No seriously, this is
amazing. Cut strips of coconut meat
and pan fry in coconut oil with a lot
of salt. It's a big hit a parties.)
Lastly, my bf and I are big fans of the "ploughman's lunch" where we'll just sit down with a platter of cheese chunks, pickles, olives, avocado slices, hard boiled eggs, whatever else is lying around. Maybe a bit of mustard for good measure. Sometimes I'll have some meat, and he'll have tofu, but usually not. It's one of his favorite meals.
No such paleo rule that requires X amount of animal flesh per day. Enjoy your time with your friend on vacation, that's priority #1! If you can do the vegetarian thing and keep largely gluten-free and minimize your refined oils, you'll be just fine. 2 weeks without meat won't be problematic.
Will you be eating out or cooking for yourselves? Where are you going? Not to be nosy, but the folks here might have some great advice that would be specific to the area you're traveling to.
If you are cooking for yourselves, salads and veggie sides with your choice of meat would be easy. Taco night with meat/beans (and you could be using a lettuce leaf instead of a tortilla). If you are eating out, Mexican food or Indian food. I'm assuming your friend eats beans, and you could get a simple roast meat dish at either place.
for me its a no brain-er as i already eat two vegetarian meals each day. one meal each day is meat and eggs. the big ass salad with paleo mayo is as tasty as they come in my book. second place is a big bowl of butternut squash soup puree with salt and butter. i just drink it, who needs to waste time with a spoon. dang i eat well.
Breakfast scramble with eggs, veggies, maybe potato
Pancakes made from egg and banana (or other paleo pancake recipes)
Most of these are veggie heavy, and easy to add protein separately. For salad you could top with chicken and they could top with tempeh, for example. Stir-fries can be topped with egg if you didn't want to cook up separate proteins. Curries are also easy in that you can cook up your proteins separately and add them at the end, be it ground beef, sausage, quorn, tofu, or tempeh.
I would suggest checking out some raw vegan recipes/restaurants, which should be grain free, dairy free, and meatless. If you prefer to have some meat, you can always carry along some beef jerky or bison jerky for snacking/road food/airport survival, while your friend can have fruit and nuts.