September Challenge: Eat One Meat-Free Meal A Day

Temp Brennan once told Booth (in the Bones tv series!) that vegetarians aren’t always necessarily healthy. They can just eat french fries all day. My September challenge was an effort to reduce red meat and increase vegetable intake. Don’t get me wrong, I love meat but I also know how I badly need those leafy greens. Yet as Temp said, the challenge didn’t necessarily make me eat healthy. There were times when my meat-free meal was an orange marmalade sandwich or a bowl of cereal.

While I wasn’t able to record every day I did rediscover some easy-to-cook and meat-free meals to share with you! This is purely an idea giver/ingredients list. Just determine quantities to suit your taste!


Kimchi Fried Rice:


  • garlic
  • onion
  • store-bought kimchi
  • cooked rice
  • cucumber

Season as you like with salt and pepper. Add tofu for something more substantial.

Tried to make quickie-kimchi


Seafood Chopsuey


  • garlic
  • onion
  • carrot
  • celery
  • broccoli
  • button mushroom
  • canned or fresh baby corn
  • seafood of choice (shrimps, mussels and/or squid)
  • chopsuey seasoning and or oyster sauce

Season with salt and pepper. Thicken sauce using cornstarch and water

Garlic Shrimp

Saute garlic in butter. Add shrimp.

Lugaw (Rice Porridge)

  • Toppings: sliced green scallions, century eggs, toasted crunchy garlic ( which you get by putting garlic in oil over low fire til they get crunchy)
Lugaw! Non-vegetarian with the addition of Chinese style chorizo.

Ginataang Gulay


  • garlic
  • onion
  • squash
  • any other veggie of choice (eg. string beans, okra etc)

Add coconut cream when squash is soft.

Grilled Salmon Head

Salt the cleaned salmon head and shove it in your oven to grill at 350F until the outside is brown and crisp (just keep checking!)

This is so good, you wished you cooked more. Make sure to salt that fish head good.

Tuna spread

Mix the following in a bowl:

  • tuna from tuna can
  • mayo
  • sliced onions and scallions
  • salt and pepper

Kale and Eggs


  • Garlic in sesame oil and olive oil
  • Kale

Eat with soft or hard boiled eggs!

Mussels in Broth


  • onions
  • ginger
  • lemon grass
  • mussels
  • a bit of white wine (no white wine? no problem. skip it.)
  • water
  • green onions
  • chili leaves or other leafy greens (kale will do)

Season with salt

Chili Tofu and Eggplant

Brown tofu in oil. Saute:

  • garlic
  • eggplant
  • chili garlic paste (store-bought, I use Lee Kum Kee)

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