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The Vegetarian Chronicles 
Feb. 27, 2011 2:40 pm 
Updated: Mar. 2, 2011 7:27 am
Ok, time for a confession.  I have, unfortunately, slid backwards on my vegan/vegetarian experiment.  I had a business trip to Atlanta at the first of February and was unable to follow my plan during the daytime.  Then I came home and woke up the next day with an upper respiratory infection and bronchitis.  It took 2 weeks to get over that, and I let the resolve slide during that time.  
But you know what?  I missed it.  I missed the color, the variety, the endless options, and the flavor of the wonderful vegetables and grains that I didn't eat nearly enough of over the past 3 weeks.  

So today, I visited my wonderful local organic foods store where they have fantastic produce and brought home bags full of great things.  As I write this, my kitchen smells like roasting beets and onions which will be added to sauteed beet greens, drizzled with a good balsamic vinegar, and served over red quinoa for a tasty dinner.  I didn't think I liked beets.  Bleh, they taste like dirt smells!  That was my thinking.  Then, on a whim, I bought a bunch a few weeks ago and roasted them.  Wow!  Who knew they would take on a completely different flavor profile like that?  I should have known.  My fave way to cook almost any vegetable is roasted.  Lesson learned.  Every week, try something you have not liked in the past.  And try new things, too.  

Well, to be honest, there will be exceptions to that.  I don't like now, nor  have I ever liked, anything which tastes like licorice.  So there will be no fennel on my menu.  Same goes for celery.  Black olives make that list, too.  I'm lucky;  that's a short list.   Carrots were formally on that menu until I started buying them from my organic foods store.  SO much sweeter and really not at all like the bagged ones from my regular grocery store.  And I suppose I have to admit that soy milk will remain on that list as will tofu except when it comes in the form of a smoothie.  In that case, I suppose I can strike it from that list!  I WILL eat it if I add to a fruit smoothie.  

Now, please note that I don't shop exclusively organic.  I wish I could, but it's just too expensive for me to do that right now.  I do whenever I can.  And while I really like putting stuff in my body that is "cleaner", I don't buy for that reason alone.  It simply tastes better.  My store sources locally as much as possible, and the quality is exceptional.  The produce is extremely fresh, and it's just gorgeous.  I'm not a food snob, but I like what I like.  We have a limited growing season here, but I have plans for my garden underway now.  I always plant tomatoes and peppers with a few other things thrown in, but this year, it's going to be even bigger with some raised beds and plenty of container planting again, too.  We're thinking of trying a small greenhouse and see how that goes to extend the season a bit.  

I've also replaced my morning coffee with black tea several mornings a week.  That's not due to health.  For some reason, my taste just wasn't there for coffee while I was sick, and tea hit the spot.  It's still hitting it, so I'm keeping it up.  And I'm drinking green tea in the late afternoon.  

So, I'm back to the world of vegetarian/vegan eating again, and I'm loving it.  It's a feast for the palate and for the eyes, too.  

Happy eating to all of you!
Feb. 28, 2011 5:56 pm
Nice blog and glad to hear you're on the mend. I absolutely going to our fresh market and getting all those lovely veggies, too. I've noticed that I prefer almond milk to soy milk. It's better to cook with as well.
Mar. 2, 2011 7:27 am
Hi, Lace. I like the almond milk, too, and use it frequently. I also love the coconut milk (the stuff in the carton, not the can--although I love the canned stuff, too!). The cultured coconut milk makes a great substitute for buttermilk.
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