I don’t care about meat.

For a long time now, I’ve said “I could totally be a vegetarian.” I really don’t like preparing meat. I frequently get grossed out when I’m eating it, and the threat of food poisoning is always lurking in the back of my mind. Besides? I love ALL other food. It’s not like I’d be missing much (except maybe meatballs…I could make an exception there. No?).

So, maybe I’ll just stop eating it. 
I know. I know. Meat = protein. But, guess what? Meat is ONE source of protein, not the only source. I went meat-free today and actually exceeded my daily protein recommendation by like 17g. I think I’ll make it. 
As far as my carnivorous family is concerned, I’ll keep making the meat for them and I’ll just pick it out or eat something else. I do this often anyway. So, for the three or so nights a week that include meat in our meals, I’ll just skip out. 
Here’s to eating an even more refined plant-based diet. With the lack of meat and calories in my diet, I’ll be further encouraged to eat more vegetables. 
Curious about what this scenario looks like? Tonight, I made my husband and kids bow-tie garlic pasta with sautéed zucchini squash and chicken sausage – seasoned and topped with Romano. I skipped this dish entirely and prepared an omelette. 
1 egg
2 egg whites
1/4 cup shredded cheddar 
1/4 cup black beans
2 TB sliced jalapeneos
Sea salt and pepper to taste
Seriously…so delicious and I didn’t miss the chicken or pasta at all. Also? Very little effort to prepare. 
Have any good vegetarian recipes to share? Post in the comments section below. 

2 thoughts on “I don’t care about meat.

  1. Heather House says:

    Hi Tess! My family has been mostly vegetarian for many years, and in January my husband and I switched to a plant-based diet. I still indulge in the occasional piece of cheese, but for the most part, it's all veggie, all the time. We love the Fork Over Knives cookbook for it's delicious recipes. I also have a large board on Pinterest (look for Heather House) that's all vegan. Of course, you can add cheese, dairy, etc. to many of the recipes to make them vegetarian. Good luck!

  2. Tess says:

    Awesome, Heather!! I will find you and follow that board. I have a lot of vegetarian friends and family members so I know it's possible. I may miss bacon….but I've had vegetarian bacon and I think it's a pretty acceptable substitute. 🙂 Thanks for the encouragement!!

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