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Steps toward more vegetarian choices.

Monday, July 01, 2013

I'm pretty sure I'll never become completely vegetarian, but I really doubt I'll ever use poultry products again after seeing the documentary I told you about in yesterday's blog unless I find a good farmer with that source. Apparently my eggs are paying too high of a price.

I'm pretty sure I can get my husband to eat more meatless meals by feeding him really yummy meals. Today I am making red beans and rice (I know the traditional recipe calls for pork products, but there were plenty of vegetarian recipes for it), it was surprising how hard it is to find red beans, no wonder all the recipes called for kidney beans. I still ended up with a bean that is not truly a red bean, but the pink beans should work out. I also usually use dry beans, I ended up with a can of beans. Oh well, at least my kids like beans. I never did as a kid, it's a texture thing, but when I make them, I can tolerate them more.

Another step I'm taking is borrowing vegetarian books from the library this week. I know if I have more recipes, I can make more delicious meals. It will be another year of trying new things and my family is used to my quirkiness and trying new recipes. Food is about flavor and there are plenty of flavors out there I can have without meat.

I'll never tell anyone else how they should eat. I know we all have our own way of doing things. I am still just disgusted by the sights I saw on Vegucated (the best documentary I've ever seen for a vegan lifestyle, it was not pushing you, just presenting the facts) and meat products just don't taste as good today as they did two days ago to me. So this is just my new way of thinking, based on the reminder of how animals are treated on corporate farms.

A fun thing for you, do you know where your dairy comes from? You can track it down to the city the cows live:
This only works with codes that look like this: 01-xxx (from 2 to 5 numbers or letters after the dash, you may not find it on all your dairy, it's the place your dairy was manufactured). You can find it on your milk, yogurts, ice cream and more! Try it with soy milk too!

Today's Holidays: Happy Canada Day to our neighbors to the north! International Tartan Day (I actually know which colors my husband is able to wear), International Joke Day (Two men walk into a bar. The third one ducks!), American Zoo Day, National Gingersnap Day and Creative Ice Cream Flavor Day (bacon maple ice cream anyone?).

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
LETHA_ 7/1/2013 3:09PM

    If you are trying to get a manly man to be open to veggie meals, I've got a resource for you. The Engine 2 Diet is a vegetarian recipe book written by a macho tri-athlete and firefighter. He also has a website. Here’s a link. Best wishes.

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TRUCKERWIFE2 7/1/2013 2:49PM

    Sometimes I add beans to dishes I already make like green salads. My kids not much into beans and won't eat chili. I fix chili for dh and I on occasion. Going meatless more often will be good for all of you. emoticon

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TRUCKERSMRS 7/1/2013 2:15PM

    Your efforts will be worth it. I try to make two meals a week that are meat free. A favourite at the end of the week Is "fridge surprise risotto" ! It helps to use up all the left over bits & pieces, onions, mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, celery and anything else lurking.

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ROSEWAND 7/1/2013 2:02PM

    I have been a mostly vegetarian for over twenty
years. I do eat seafood or fish four or five meals
a month, otherwise all veggie and I love it!
I do it for the animals and I do it because
this is the way I really feel best. And I do
get plenty of protein.

There are many meat analogues now to
adapt old favorite recipes. Field Roast has
some awesome sausages that are great
for beans and rice. Trader Joe's Chipotle
Sausage is great too.

I am a passionate cook and love trying
new recipes. I assure you there is a
wonderful world of vegetarian recipes on
the internet. Have fun; be experimental.
If you introduce these foods to your husband
gradually, he will quickly learn how good
this kind of eating really is.

Comment edited on: 7/1/2013 2:04:53 PM

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KAREN608 7/1/2013 1:42PM

    There are many vegetarian blogs online so I am sure you will find some great recipes soon to dazzle your family with tasty meals. A bible study lady gave me some beets to cook up today. Their garden over flowing this year.

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CLESHER 7/1/2013 12:36PM

    Congrats on take a step towards vegetarianism....You will have to share some of those tasty recipes you find...


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