After seeing the documentary “Food Inc.” I have floated the idea of trying to go vegetarian, mostly because of the environmental impact of industrial farming. I’ve thought to myself “It can’t be THAT difficult! I could TOTALLY be a vegetarian!” But then I think about turkey burgers, chicken parmigiana, and most importantly, bacon and I realize, it would probably be at least a little difficult.
Thus, I decided to set up a little challenge for myself and blog about my experience. I’m going to be a vegetarian for 2 weeks. It’s not long, but a length I know I can accomplish and long enough for me to find some new recipes to post for all of you who are considering reducing your meat intake. The guidelines are as follows: don’t eat anything that, at one point, had a face. Meaning, I can still eat eggs, but I will make every effort to buy cage-free or free range, so I know those chickens were at least able to spread their wings a bit.
There are plenty of days that go by where I eat vegetarian for breakfast and lunch without even trying, but come dinner, I’m craving something hearty and meat-filled. So it’s just a matter of finding some new recipes or vegetarian substitutions.
I could easily subsist on a diet of spaghetti and pb&j sandwiches, but that wouldn’t be a very well-rounded diet. So to help me on this quest, I contacted a few vegetarian friends for suggestions and recipes that went beyond “just replace meat with tofu.” I HATE TOFU! Not matter what you cook it in, it tastes like a sponge. Even if you cook it in a tasty sauce, it’s just a sauce flavored sponge to me. Pad Thai being the one exception to this rule, usually because it’s diced up pretty small and pad thai is awesome.
So starting Monday November 5th, I’ll be posting recipes that fit the criteria and I deemed “tasty.” I’ll also provide a little portrait of the things I ate to show you how easy (or difficult) it is to be vegetarian. And lastly, I will share any noticeable changes to my body (i.e. feeling different or weight loss/gain). Wish me luck!!
If you have any favorite vegetarian recipes you’d like me to try out, send them to firstname.lastname@example.org!