As summer comes to an end and we all have think about the amazing hiatus in lunch-making we’ve all had. Yes, nine weeks of no lunch preparation. Amazing! But unfortunately, all good things must come to an end.
My path to giving up meat
For me choosing to follow a mostly vegetarian diet did not happen overnight. However, the decision to give up meat was easy. Meat just lost its appeal. The thought of biting into a piece of fat or chewing off a bone turned my stomach. I just couldn’t do it anymore.
That was my first step towards following a mostly vegetarian diet (I will eat fish on occasion). For a few years I didn’t eat any red meat. I decided to give up chicken while eating with my grandparents one evening. Seeing the bones and veins turned my stomach again. I decided I just couldn’t eat it either anymore. I had no idea of the health or environmental implications. At the time, these issues were not topics the media followed. Following a vegetarian diet was not mainstream at all. Some people thought I was weird. There weren’t many cookbooks or resources available.
Does this happen in your house?? You prepare a nice meal for everyone, clear the table, load the dishwasher and clean everything up only to have your daughter come back to the kitchen an hour later to make a snack because she is hungry. This happens in my house and it drives me crazy! Maybe I should be more strict and tell them the kitchen is ‘closed’ like my mother did when I was a kid but I have a hard time saying no when my kids say they are hungry. Should they have eaten more at supper, should I have made sure they ate a nutritionally-balanced meal with lots of protein, healthy fats and carbohydrates?
Mention tofu to some people and they instantly say they don’t like it. I bet half of these people just haven’t tasted a good recipe with tofu. As someone who has not eaten meat or chicken in about 30 years, tofu has always been part of my diet. I use it in soups, salads, stir fries, salad dressings and sometimes in dessert. It can be confusing because there are so many types of regular and organic tofu; silken, soft, medium firm, firm, extra firm and now you can buy sprouted tofu. Choosing which type of tofu is ultimately based on your recipe and preference. First and foremost it is important to choose organic so that you don’t eat genetically modified soybeans.
With all the news in the press these days about the health and environmental benefits of vegetarian and vegan diets, I thought I’d give you a brief description of what these diets are all about and how they differ. Here is the scoop: