Posts tagged ‘vegetarian’

August 4, 2010

Semi-tarian: Compromise or Copout?

So I haven’t been able to update much since I’ve been busy with work and classes. But, I’ve taken a lot of notes about my no meat lifestyle.

My first note is really a question to myself. Why be a vegetarian? Yes, I care about animals. Yes, I want to watch out for my health. Yes, I want to be able to digest food easier. No, I don’t crave meat a lot. But as I ponder over my own reasons, I realize how easily I can refute them (not that I want to).

I can’t seriously claim to be a vegetarian for animal rights. I think they have rights and are adorable, but I still mistakenly eat gelatin and other animal byproducts at times. The only way I think I could watch out for animals is to be vegan – which I am not willing to do.

As for health, I still fall into old habits of eating junk. I definitely changed my habits concerning veggies. I eat way more fruits and vegetables than before, and that is mainly due to vegetarianism research. That research includes the blogs listed in my blog roll – they helped immensely. But really, if I have gotten any healthier the past month, it’s from researching what I eat – not cutting out a part of what I eat.

Initially I thought my digestion would improve with a vegetarian diet, and that has happened to an extent. I still go through phases where I eat intense amounts of cheese (which I’m not willing to give up), and that creates problems for the stomach as well.

It’s very true that I have not really craved much meat while banning it from my diet. I did not think I was missing out on protein at all, I consumed plenty through beans, yogurt, vegetables, etc. But that doesn’t mean I’ll never eat it again, unfortunately. I am dumb at times, and I am perfectly capable of getting tipsy and scarfing a chicken wing, or caving into peer pressure and eating a burger.

But! I still want to focus on eating mainly vegetarian. I realize I want to stop focusing on NOT eating meat. I want to focus on eating as many fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and animal-friendly foods as I can.

That’s where I begin to ponder the idea of a semi-tarian: one who eats partially vegetarian. Is it a copout? Or is it reasonable?

More coming on this idea soon…

July 21, 2010

Semi-Homemade Pasta: Sandra Lee Ain’t Got Nothin’ On Me

I’ve posted recipes on websites before, only to be yelled at for not making everything from scratch.  So if you’re looking for a recipe that you can spend hours on, I’m sorry.  I don’t have that kind of time, and I don’t feel like making all that mess.

Last night I made some pretty good pasta with premade sauce and, of course, premade noodles – I will never make my own noodles.  I may dabble in sauce making sometimes, meaning I combine premade sauces or add italian seasoning to stewed tomatoes.

So here’s my semi-homemade vodka pasta, it’ll go great with some Riesling…or beer.  Everything’s pretty great with beer.

What You Need:
Vodka Sauce, any brand (but I really like Classico, it has tomato chunks)
Whole Wheat Rotini
Spinach, fresh or thawed
Red Pepper Flakes
Mozzarella Cheese (optional)
Feta Cheese (optional)

What to Do:

Bring water to a boil in a pot.  Add a bit of salt.  Put in as much pasta as you want, I don’t measure servings.  Add some red pepper flakes to let the noodles absorb the spice.  Let the pasta boil until it reaches the texture you want (I prefer letting the pasta get super soft, otherwise whole wheat pasta can taste a bit too grainy).  Throw in as much spinach as you want and let it sit with the pasta for a while.  Drain the pasta and spinach, then place back in the pot.  Add the vodka sauce (again put as much as you want; I put tons).  If you’d like add in some grated mozzarella and/or top it off with feta.  (I like the feta.)

This dish is very similar to Noodle & Co’s Penne Rosa, which has tomatoes and mushrooms as well. 

*** Vegans can adapt this recipe, I think.  Make your own vodka sauce with stewed tomatoes, soy milk, vodka, and spices.  You can experiment!  If you have the time…

July 20, 2010

Vegetarian Hot Dogs: Gross or OK

Veggie hot dogs almost made me quit being a vegetarian today.  They. are. gross.

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July 12, 2010

Veggin’ on a Budget

I’m sure a lot of young adults can relate to this topic. Sure in college it’s understandable to eat ramen noodles or mac n’ cheese day after day – it’s understood that you have no money. But after college, it can still be somewhat of the same story.

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July 7, 2010

French Toast by Bethenny Frankel

Okay, I hate to admit it, but I love Bethenny Frankel from Real Housewives of NYC.  She’s really not even a housewife; I admire her for her work ethic and most of all, her recipes.  Bethenny is a natural foods chef who specializes in coming up with meals that leave you guilt-free, and she includes a lot of vegetarian recipes on her site as well.

This one is for french toast, my favorite!

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July 7, 2010

4th of July: Mosquito Attack Day

I am still recouping from a crazy 4th of July weekend.  My biggest worry was that since this is the season of grilling meat, I would easily give into meat temptation.  Luckily, that did not happen.  Here was my basic menu for the holiday:

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July 2, 2010

Great Starting Kit


Vegetarian Times has an awesome starter kit for those wanting to go vegetarian, or just eat healthier in general.  It mixes in vegan tips, too, which actually gets confusing at times.  But there are great pointers for how to balance meals to get enough protein, calcium, and other nutrients from your diet.

Vegetarian/Vegan Starter Kit

July 2, 2010

July 2, 2010

How to Stop Eating Meat (& Maybe Become a Vegetarian)

Okay, so I have not eaten meat for about a week or so, and let me explain – I never meant to actually become a vegetarian.  I just wanted to see if I could really live without eating meat for a while.  The more and more that I thought about how I would simply avoid meat, the more I realized that a vegetarian lifestyle meant a somewhat healthier lifestyle – at least compared to my previous diet of cheeseburgers and bacon.

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