About half my days are meatless (no fish, shellfish, beef, poultry, etc). I have always been a real meat lover, so this has been a huge change for me. I was never very happy with replacing meat with soy products ... soy just is not the same taste, texture, etc as meat, so it never worked for my.
What I've found HAS worked is not trying to 'replace' meat, but rather eat dishes that were never meant to have meat. That way there isn't anything 'missing' or badly substituted. To do this, however, requires that I be willing to try new things and new combinations.
Getting a few good veggie cookbooks (or looking online) is a great way to come up with some vegetarian dishes that aren't trying to be meat dishes. Even trying a new dish once a week for a meatless meal can open up a lot of possibilities!
- 7/10/2008 10:34:17 PM