Thursday, August 20, 2009

Hold the Meat

For a long time now, both my husband and I have toyed with the idea of giving up meat. We love animals and have often made veggie and vegan meals for ourselves. We also have had a penchant for the Hamilton Tavern's tasty bacon, egg and cheese burger and for fine cured meats. Nonetheless, a few weeks ago we threw in the towel and actually gave up meat. And you know what? We both feel great! Besides, there are so many yummy, yummy foods that don't have meat in them. Here are some examples of my favorites:
-Salsa and Chips
-Gnocchi with pesto
-Peanut butter
The picture at the top of the post was my lunch today, and it was so tasty. It was half of a toasted homemade English muffin, soy sausage, basil from the garden and fresh mozzarella (melted). So simple and incredibly satisfying. I'd love to hear about your simple veggie meals.


Kathy said...

OOH! How exciting! You will now learn the secret handshake of the veggie's club. For vegetarian recipes I highly reccomend any cookbooks from the Moosewood and Mollie Katzen; and anything by Isa Chandra Moskowitz for vegan foods.

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Sara Thomas Designs Studio said...


Going vegetarian is an awesome thing! A few months ago I made the next step to becoming a vegan, and I feel so great! Have you ever read the book Skinny Bitch? It's wonderful! Lots of info and written in an entertaining way. Nutrition is a major passion of mine so I already knew a lot of the information in the book, but what did it for me was when they highlighted the way animals are treated. Not just those that are killed for meat, but the awful lives other animals live just so we can have their products (eggs, milk). You wouldn't think something like that would hurt animals because it's natural for them to produce, but it isn't in the way the factory farms do it. I decided to stop supporting that industry and am so happy about my choice! Plus, all the medical problems people have that are linked to consuming animal products is scary! My husband doesn't exactly share my enthusiasm, but I still cook meals for him =) Good luck with this, and I'd be happy to share some of my favorite recipes if you're interested!