I went vegetarian a couple years ago. Since I stopped eating pork about 25 years ago, it’s been a goal of mine. When I started having more health problems, I decided something had to change.
Technically, I’m Pescatarian; meaning I’ll eat seafood from time to time. It’s pretty rare, since its hard to get good, fresh seafood in Arizona.
And, I’ll be honest – it’s easier to say vegetarian walking into a restaurant, than explain what I can and can’t eat.
I made the mistake of doing it (pardon the pun) “cold turkey”, too. I took a huge blow to my system and would have been better off having weaned a meat out, every month or so, rather than just cutting myself completely off.
My husband is not vegetarian in any way, shape or form. I will cook him anything he wants and never deny him a burger or supreme pizza if that’s what he desires. Granted, he rarely eats any meat, out of support for my choice.
But, here’s the thing…
It’s MY choice.
I made the decision for me, and it’s not my place to make it, or push it, on anyone else.
I dislike self-righteous vegetarian and vegan folks as much as you carnivorous types.
However, studies do show that reducing your meat intake, by even one day a week, can vastly improve health.
Hence, Meatless Monday was born.
I can’t take credit for its creation, only perpetuate it.
I love to cook and enjoy discovering new recipes to experiment with. I’m one of those, “I have X, Y and Z, so let’s see what happens” types, too.
I know it’s Labor Day, and the last “official” cook-out of the summer, but don’t forget your meatless friends when you “fire up the barbie” today!
Now, a few do include bacon or the like, but it’s easy enough to substitute with a meat-like product (soy or Portobello mushroom, for example), or omit it all together.
Don’t fret if this isn’t the Monday for you to give it a try! I’m sure you’ll see this post, re-posted, often.
I have also broken this down into categories: Appetizers and Snacks, Main Meals, Side Dishes and Desserts – take that as you will. You may find an appetizer to be enough for a meal, or a side is more of an appetizer.
Your kitchen, your call.
Also, some recipes are vegan, but most are not. I do consume dairy, honey and eggs (where vegans consume no animal products whatsoever), so use your discretion on what’s right for you.
APPETIZERS AND SNACKS:
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