Meatless March Begins!

by DanicasDaily on March 1, 2014

Happy March all!  I am bringing back Meatless March again this year as part of my New Year’s Resolutions and this month is going to be all about Simply Filling Vegetarian Style.  I often get asked where, how or why I go meatless for a month.  My answer is always ~ why not? Why not spend one month doing something that is good for your health and good for the environment.  I have so much fun trying new recipes and it honestly just rejuvenates me.

My goals for March are….

  • 31 days of Delicious Meatless Meals that help those who want to know if you can be Vegetarian and follow the Simply Filing Technique
  • 25 push-ups per day ~ This was my February goal, but, I wasn’t able to exercise while recovering from the pneumonia I had. I am finally ready to get moving again so March can also be Move It March! lol.

You all may remember last year, The Husband actually did Meatless March with me which is huge for my steak and potatoes loving boy.  I asked him what his goals were for March….

Ready for this?

  • Eat Less Meat March ~ he said he realizes breakfasts and dinners I make but he may “need” to have a burger or something for lunch.
  • Go to the movies at least 4 times

LOL…you gotta love that!

This month, I will still be following Simply Filling the same way I have as I noted in my original Simply Filling Technique post and I will be matching the foods I eat with the Simply Filling Food List.

I woke up pretty hungry this morning and couldn’t wait to dive into breakfast.  I “fried” up 1 cup of Ore Ida Potatoes O’Brien (they are just frozen potatoes, peppers, onion and salt) in my 2 tsp. healthy oil and sprinkled them with paprika, garlic salt and black pepper.

(SF) – 4 points+


Powered up with a scrambled egg for staying power (SF) – 2 points+


And a delicious Morning Star Breakfast Sausage.  Most Morning Star products fit into the “Meat Substitutes including Tofu and Veggie Burgers”.  The one time I’d count any Meat Substitute against my WPA is if it wasn’t similar to lean protein, i.e., it is breaded or fried.

(SF) – 2 points+


Pretty cool that this breakfast is completely Vegetarian and Simply Filling or 8 points+.


We ended up meeting our friends at Vasquez Deli for lunch.  I was so glad to hear they do not use meat products in their beans because I didn’t really have a planned healthy option if they didn’t.

I am proud of The Husband for getting a bean and cheese burrito and these nachos.  I totally stole two chips…I blame it on all those jalapenos ~ I should’ve just got a side of them Open-mouthed smile


I ordered a Bean Tostada that was surprisingly satisfying and filling. (SF + 5 WPA) 8 points+


Do you all remember how we have forever (as in since November) been trying to go to the movies?  Today, we “almost” made it to see Non-Stop….until we got there and there were literally 50+ people in line.  Crazy.  So, we decided on grabbing lattes and doing some shopping instead.

(SF) – 3 points+


We then “lounged” around watching the movie Horrible Bosses.  You know, it’s pretty funny that we’ve watched it about 5 times now and still laugh every single time like it’s the first time we’ve seen it.

Dinner was a 30 minute meal perfect for the rainy day we’ve had.  I put a batch of Parmesan Almond Crisps in the oven while I whipped up a Vegetarian Minestrone.


If you ever make these, only make 1 batch at a time because I guarantee you will want to eat them all that day.


The recipe for my Vegetarian Minestrone recipe is coming up tomorrow ~ it’s so easy to make, takes less than 30 minutes, yet, tastes like you’ve spent all day cooking it.


The best part ~ it’s 100% Simply Filling and super low in points+ for those counting.


I ended up having two bowls that I measured out 1 cup each.  I always try to start with a small serving, then, after I’ve eaten, decided if I want to go back for more.


Plus two crispy 3 ingredient Parmesan Almond Crisps. (SF + 2 WPA) – 2 points+


I love the fact that The Husband has told me 3 times how much he loved this soup and hasn’t once asked where the meat was in it (there was none, just beans for protein!) (SF) – 4 points+ for 2 cups.


Here are my stats for today:

  • Simple Filling (SF): 7 WPA (Weekly Points Allowance) used, 0 WPA remaining
  • 25 Daily Points+ 0 WPA used, 37 WPA remaining
  • Day 1 ~ 100% Vegetarian and not missing having meat yet!
  • 25 pushups down, 750 to go
  • My FitBit Dashboard (I am going to go do laps around the house to hit 10,000 steps!):



Do you have a favorite Vegetarian Recipe or Meal you love to eat?  Share away!

Night all!

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