Hola and hello! Welcome to Mexican Made Meatless, a recipe blog dedicated to transforming classic Mexican dishes into modern vegan, vegetarian, and pescetarian delights. You’ll find recipes that are healthy, delectable and as close to the traditional meat-based versions as possible, plus completely new combinations and flavours you’d maybe never considered before. I’m a self-taught cook who loves good Mexican food but doesn’t want to spend all day in the kitchen — unless it’s for tamales, they are totally worth it — and the recipes you’ll find here are easy enough for a beginner cook, yet inspiring to even a cocina pro!
Why Mexican Made Meatless?
About one year ago I decided to finally stop eating meat for good. During my life I have off-and-on tried to become a full time vegetarian, but I never succeeded for more than a couple of weeks before going back to eating meat. In all of those years I instead made sure to eat several vegetarian or vegan meals throughout the week. For a time this made me feel better but the idea, the want, always stayed with me.
The reasons for my failures were that, for one, I didn’t know or understood how to properly plan out my dietary needs so that I wouldn’t end up giving up and going back to eating meat. The second reason was, at the time, I lived in a country were the choices for a vegetarian lifestyle were challenging, resulting in me finding it easier to still eat meat at least on a part-time basis.
This time, when I hit the 6 month mark I felt something changed in me. I felt myself able to fully dedicate my eating habits to this new diet, and now with the one year anniversary closing, I want to share my journey with you. A few months ago I decided to stop blogging at Spicie Foodie and to start anew with this blog, Mexican Made Meatless.
I decided to focus on Mexican cuisine because this is the food that runs through my veins, the food that has nourished me and my ancestors for centuries. I am thrilled to share with you these culinary twists the challenge of transforming a carnivorous cuisine into the meatless version you see here.
But You Share Fish and Other Seafood Recipes!
First let me start off by saying that I am not claiming to be a 100% vegan nor vegetarian, I am a pescetarian, or rather, I follow a pescetarian lifestyle. What this means is that in addition to my vegan and vegetarian diet I occasionally eat locally caught fish and seafood.
I understand that some people consider fish and seafood to be meat, while others don’t. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but this blog is not about those politics. The most important thing is that everyone does what feels right to them. I decided to put both of the words “Meatless” and “Pescetarian” in the blog’s name because this blog is about both. You will never find a recipe on here that uses beef, pork, chicken other poultry, or other various game meats. You will however always find recipes that are vegan, vegetarian, and sometimes pescetarian.
Are These Recipes for You?
Let me ask you: do you like the true authentic flavours of Mexican food? Are you looking to eat healthier, to eat more plant-based meals? Then yes, absolutely these recipes are for you!
If you too are transitioning into a pescetarian or vegetarian lifestyle you’ll truly appreciate these recipes and the pieces of my journey that I’ll continue to share. You can be sure to never miss a recipe or tip by subscribing to the free newsletter and/or by connecting with me at any of my social media profiles.
About Me, Nancy, The Chica Behind This Blog
I am a professional freelance food writer and photographer with 7 years food blogging experience. My online career began with my blog Spicie Foodie and in these 7 years I have published two books, An Epiphany of the Senses, an eclectic collection of spicy recipes from around the world, and Yummy Pics, a popular how-to guidebook to the art of photographing food. Additionally my recipes have been widely published by such noted entities as About.com, The Huffington Post, NBC Latino, Woman’s Health, Gourmet, VegNews, The Guardian, and I am also an official blogger for the worldwide ‘Meatless Monday’ campaign.
I was born and raised in a traditional small town Mexican environment, in which my education in Mexican food preparation began early by watching the passion that my mother, grandmother, and aunts all put into their cooking sessions. Though the culinary bug took time to fully infect my soul, when it finally did it instilled in me a fiery passion that has lead me to devour everything about the culinary arts and helped me get to where I am today.
My current experience with food is entirely self-taught, and occasionally touching up on what I have learned from family and friends in their traditional Mexican recipes. Becoming pescetarian has been an exciting journey that has helped me learn so much more about food. I am very excited to share this journey and all of my recipes, food videos, and photography tips with you.
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