Monday, June 22, 2009

Contemplating A Change & Weekly Meals (6/23-6/26)

You may have noticed that my meals last week did not include any meat. I've been trying to prepare more and more vegetarian dishes and am toying with the idea of not eating meat at all anymore. This would not be a drastic step for me as I don't eat a lot of meat. Often when we have a meat dish, I don't eat the meat. I have focused on incorporating enough protein in all of our diets throughout the day.

We have been talking about not eating meat as a family, and I think for hubby, myself and the teenager that's an individual decision, and we'll respect each other's decision once we have each made one.

Here are this week's meals. They are again vegetarian.

Tuesday: Asian vegetable soup with vegetable dumplings & eggs. I'll use organic vegetable broth and frozen vegetable gyoza as well as fresh veggies & edamame to make this soup. Once the veggies are cooked, I'll add the gyoza and heat them through. Then, I'll add several beaten eggs to the broth and mix them into the soup. I'll flavor the soup with soy sauce, garlic, and sesame oil.

Wednesday: Lemon pasta. This is technically hubby's dish. Well, it's really the only dish he ever makes. But since he hasn't made it in forever, I'll make it...Sorry for calling you out, sweetie... :0) The sauce is basically olive oil, lemon juice, Parmesan cheese, basil, salt, & pepper. You mix the ingredients together and toss them with the pasta. It's a great summer dish. We'll have a salad to go with the pasta.

Thursday: Veggie burgers on whole grain buns with lettuce, tomatoes, avocado, onions, cheese & pickles. I've bought several different frozen veggie burgers and can't wait to try them. I'll also experiment with making my own veggie burgers soon.

Friday: It's "Salad Friday." Spinach salad with balsamic vinaigrette & feta cheese. Thanks Kelly for your comment and the inspiration for this meal a few weeks ago!

Questions: Do you eat meat, chicken and/or fish? Why or why not? If you chose to become vegetarian or vegan at some point, what convinced you to make the switch? How has the experience been? What was your biggest challenge? What's one tip you can give me?

Be well,
Andrea

7 comments:

  1. I stopped eating meat about 2 1/2 years ago, shortly after the birth of my second daughter. My husband had already become veg and I was use to preparing meatless meals but would still buy myself meat occasionally or would eat if were at someone else's house or at a restaurant. I decided to take the plunge after reading AGAIN that it was one of the most healthy diets and the list of reasons vegetarians were healthier. For me the switch was no big deal, but I was already part of the way there. My tip would be to start slow, which is looks like you are already doing! Prepare meatless meals at home and start eating less and less meat. I think the biggest challenge is eating with other people who are not veg, but you learn to work around that.

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  2. I do.
    and now that you ask WHY I realize I have no real answer.
    In that I LIKE IT but is that WHY?

    perhaps it is merely more HABIT.

    food (rimshot---and not) for thought, Andrea.

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  3. Oo, I have been recognized! :)

    Do you have a recipe for your Asian vegetable soup?

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  4. Thanks for the comments & suggestions!

    No, I don't follow a recipe for the Asian vegetable soup. I basically just use the ingredients I listed above and improvise as I go along. I'm actually REALLY bad at following recipes - it's my way of being rebellious I guess! :)

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  5. I eat everything. At least, I try to. I don't really see the point in becoming a veg unless it's for religious or ethical reasons. Meat can be really nutritious too...and delicious!

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  6. Andrea,

    Great week of meal ideas!! The Asian Vegetable Soup sounds great!

    For a few years, I eliminated all meats from my diet for what I thought was health reasons, but I found that, for me, I actually eat healthier with lean meat, fish, chicken included in my diet.

    So, for the last 10 years or so, I have included meats...However, I certainly can understand the desire to become vegetarian for philosophical reasons.

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  7. I just love your blog...it's so pretty! :-)

    I think I could go without meat but I know my family couldn't. My husband has and always will be a meat and potatos guy. But that's ok.

    I am going to try some of your recipes you've posted for this week when we get back from vacation. They sound great!

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