If you eat whole grains, eggs and fruits for breakfast without including meat, you're already a third of the way there to a life with no meat! If not, look below for an easy oatmeal recipe.
If you eat cereal, that's also fine as long as it's whole grain and not packed with sugar. But I'm not here to be your doctor, I'm here to tell you about your breakfast with no meat.
Easy Oatmeal Recipe:
1/2 cup rolled oats (Find at your nearest grocery store)
1 cup vanilla sweetened almond milk, soy milk or water (You'll thank me for the sweetened almond milk part later.)
1 tablespoon peanut butter (If you aren't a fan, add honey or something of this ilk.)
Dash of Cinnamon
Half of a banana (Again, add whatever fruit you like including blueberries, strawberries or even raisins.)
Bring your almond milk to a boil, add oats and stir for 2 minutes, or until thickened. You can also microwave your oats and almond milk on high for 3 minutes if you're on-the-go and are on the busy side. After, add fixings and you are done! This breakfast will leave you full longer, includes no animal products, and most importantly--will be rich in flavor and has a nice texture to it. The easiest and quickest breakfast to date! And most importantly, you're one third vegetarian as you now have breakfast for the future. Be on the lookout for more quick and easy recipes in the coming weeks!
Brady Street on Milwaukee's Lower East Side is filled with restaurants that vary in terms of cuisine and beverages. On this occasion, I decided to try my luck with Hi Hat and Garage, a tidy, multi-setting restaurant located at 701 N Arlington Place.
When you first walk into Hi Hat's entrance at the street corner, it is a tad bit confusing, as they have two distinct areas-one for cocktails in a more subdued environment (Hi Hat) and a more upbeat environment that has televisions and a larger seating area, Garage, at a different entrance of restaurant. I wish I would have known the difference, as I would have opted to sit and eat in an area with a little more lighting and a little less jazz music. Nonetheless, sitting in this area was still pleasant and offered the same kind of food and good vibes. The only difference between the two areas are the types of drinks that are available, where more beer options are provided in the upstairs area, Garage.
My party and I found the ambiance of Hi Hat to be relaxing, and being able to pick which environment you want to sit in, as I noted above, is convenient and a neat addition to this restaurant. If you want to sit down and throw a couple back then the lower level bar area might be for you, while the upper area is great if you are out with friends wanting to socialize. As for my food, the reason you're probably reading this blog, I chose to go with Hi Hat's Bravacado sandwhich, consisting of avocado, greens, goat cheese, (I misspoke and said gouda in my Facebook live video.) tomato and garlic aioli on pressed sourdough. (I also said rye, ha.) This compilation of vegetables and cheese was delicious, although my first bite had me taken aback by the consistency and mixture of everything.
With every bite came more happiness as you might be able to tell in my video. I usually am uber excited and then my emotions taper off into somewhat excited, kind of excited and that's enough, I'm full excited. However, the different flavors and textures of this sandwich made for a delightful bite to eat. I should mention something else about Hi Hat--their food is very inexpensive. None of their sandwiches, appetizers or even strip steak option run past $12, averaging at around $8, a steal for young professionals, college students and anyone looking to save money. I plan to go back and get their veggie macaroni and cheese, running at only ten bucks. Some of their other veggie options sounded appetizing and were even cheaper than their meat options, something that did not come as a surprise considering meat can be expensive to produce and sell.
The service was pretty good, as our waitress did not check on us so much to the point that it became annoying, but instead, allowed us to eat and chat in peace. The music playing in the background was a nice touch, even sounding like a live piano at one point. The food was fresh and also easy on the stomach, something that tends to happen when you do not eat meat and opt for a meal with plant-based ingredients. Although the lights were set a tad bit low during my meal, Hi Hat and Garage provides cheap eats in a two-pronged setting that is light on your pocket, adapts to your mood and of course--taste buds.
This restaurant serves brunch on the weekend and over 70 beers.
Open from 4 PM to 2AM M-F and 10AM to 2AM on the wekend.
Happy hour runs from 4 to 8PM on Thursday, Friday and Monday.
I have not written a blog post for my website in an extremely long time, since August to be exact. To be honest, I thought about calling it quits and just focusing on other life things that are important. However, I still enjoy writing and good food--leading me to a new journey and vision for this website.
Let me be clear. I am not proclaiming to be a vegetarian, vegan or whatever label America might have for me. What I am professing is that there are alternatives to meat that help the environment, taste better, cost less and will keep your waistline in tip-top shape. (I'm a 32 x 32 in jeans for any troll with a rebuttal) All four of these factors are easy reasons as to why eliminating meat could be advantageous.
I've experimented with no meat for a month or two and have decided to dive deeper into this change after doing more research, reading The Happy Vegan and just wanting a challenge and something to push myself. I should also say something else: I'm not being judgemental about anyone's eating habits whatsoever by posting what it means to get rid of meat. If you check my food reviews/instagram, there are numerous posts that include animal products including fried chicken, pulled pork and lobster. That said, there are also posts that do not include animal products including a Walnut Burger from Build-A-Burger and a black bean burger from Cafe Benelux.
Living in Wisconsin, a state synonymous with meat and dairy products, could make this journey hard--or it could just make me mentally tougher. I always tell people life is one big mental game, and the phrase rings true for this lifestlye change. For the record, THIS IS NOT A DIET. A diet is temporary, fleeting and trendy. That said, I typically don't like telling people what I'm doing with my life because well, it's my life, but I will share information about a meatless lifestlye and ways to go against the grain (food puns, here we come) because I feel it's important to not only help myself, but help others.
My past food reviews were simply about cuisine within the Greater Milwaukee area, but I think this journey with food will reach a wider audience and have a greater impact on people's lives, something I'm all about. Food is something that we as humans love to talk about because it is essential but can also taste SO good, and this website has given me an opportunity to share what I have consumed and what I will consume.
Think of this section of my website as a spin-off to a television show. It might be different, it might be weird and it definitely will be new, but it will still have remnants of its original counterpart. I will still be reviewing restaurants in the near future and the meatless options they offer, but I will also be giving tips, sharing recipes and anything that screams "How To Live a Good Life With No Meat." I hope you all are able to learn something about yourself if you decide to try no meat for a day, week or even month. I know you baby boomers out there are attached to meat like siamese twins are attached at the hip, but going vegan/vegetarian is actually the hip thing to do. But remember, this is not a fad, it's a lifestyle change. Whether you agree or disagree with this proposition, I hope you can use this blog for enlightenment and think with an open mind.
Be on the lookout for an oatmeal recipe and my written review of a dish at High Hat in the coming days!
Follow me on Instagram (@mkefoodfinds) to get more insight and details into what meatless options I'm eating at restaurants and recipes I will have to share!