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The Vegetarian Shuffle 
 
Jul. 28, 2010 7:20 am 
Updated: Aug. 2, 2010 9:11 am
The BF and I have been VERY successful in cutting meat out of our diet! We eat meat if we eat out, which has also been cut back, and we’ll have the occasional chicken or fish meal at home. We don’t buy red meat to prepare at home anymore, and all of our old favourites have been converted to vegetarian – chili, spaghetti sauce, BBQ meals, and pasta salads. Although, I just want to clarify up front that I mean meat-less and not necessarily vegetarian... we still use chicken or beef broth if a recipe calls for it, because we have tons of cans and bouillon cubes to use up still.

I've kind of lost momentum on the cooking my way through my Vegetarian Times Cookbook project... but I've been busy these days. Hopefully soon I'll get back into that.

We save meat meals for when we have company – most of our friends are die-hard meat eaters and can’t fathom a meal without meat. To be honest, that’s what I used to be like too... I’m so glad I tried this new vegetarian lifestyle!

My BF’s sister gave us some of her favourite meals that she has made vegan. We’re not ready to go that far (what would I put in my cereal in the morning? What would I put on my bagels? How could I give up pizza?  I can’t live without milk and honey and eggs and cheese and sour cream!) but it’s great to have a base for our new mostly meat-free diet.

While I was copying out some of her recipes it struck me how backwards this was – I was converting her meals from vegan to vegetarian or even carnivorous (in the case of her taco soup – I hate that vegan beef stuff), and she had probably converted them from a carnivorous or vegetarian meal herself. I guess the fact that we’ve both changed them so much just adds to their originality, right?

Hope everyone is having a great week!
 
Comments
Jul. 28, 2010 11:06 am
Right! Good for you in changing your eating habits, any change that makes your body feel better is a good one.
 
ZOPOOH 
Jul. 29, 2010 5:50 am
Just a though but actually rice milk is delicious in cereal. The only advice I would give you as a former vegetarian is make sure that you are eating complete proteins a vitB deficiency can make you very tired and sluggish
 
Aug. 2, 2010 9:11 am
Congrats on your new lifestyle! I am trying to cut out as much meat as possible, but not exactly going vegetarian. Sometimes I feel like I"m taking the easy way out, but I don't refer to myself as a vegetarian because I'm NOT one! Good luck with your cooking - I would love to see some of your converted recipes to try in our home :)
 
 
 
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I'm a 22 year old novice cook - I live with my boyfriend in a small apartment with a teeny kitchen. Right now I'm trying to eat healthier and cut some meat out of my diet - I'm writing a blog about cooking my way through a vegetarian cookbook! I love trying new recipes, and adjusting them to suit my tastes.
My favorite things to cook
I love BBQing, making casseroles, and putting together any kind of soup. I'm also trying to get into baking - my kitchen is tiny so I have to use simple recipes, but I love making muffins and cookies to share.
My favorite family cooking traditions
When I was little my mom taught me how to make brown sugar syrup for our homemade pancakes - everytime she made pancakes at home, I would make the sauce to go with them.
My cooking triumphs
Lasagna Day - My first ever dinner party in my apartment, I made spinach salad, stuffed mushrooms, lasagna from scratch, and apple crisp. It was a hit with my friends, I got so many compliments!
My cooking tragedies
When I was in high school I decided to make some cinnamon buns, but the only recipe I could find was a huge batch, so I cut it in half. However, when I went to mix the ingredients, I found myself adding the full amount of some but only half of others, and I couldn't remember how much of each I'd already done. I tried cooking them anyways, but they were terrible!
 
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