Sometime in January, I watched what will likely be my last Documentary on the meat industry and commercial farming. It was called ‘Eating Animals’. Now, if you have seen it, you likely know where I am going with this….
I watch Documentaries (knowing that many are biased or serve a certain purpose) to learn and educate myself about things I do not know, like farming. I also like to just see the crazy things people are doing these days….. until I turned into that person.
Now for 32 years, or maybe 31 as I may have watched this before I hit 32, I lived oblivious to how my food got to my table. I mean of course I knew it was a newborn calf, then became a cow, then one day it was no longer….. but to truly know is different. I have watched Documentaries in the past like Supersize me, Food Inc, What the Health, Fed up….
None hit home like this one. For the last 4ish months I have not consumed meat (land animals). Now you can think I am crazy because bacon and burgers are delicious, which they are, but adding more whole foods, veggies and legumes to my diet has made me feel good.
There have been a few days of struggle, like when I smelled pulled pork cooking, or when I see commercials for any deep fried chicken of any sort. I have tried to trick my brain into eating similar looking foods as I transition like lentil sloppy joes (delicious), black bean tacos (not delicious), lentil shepherds pie (delicious) and so on. But as I go, I learn to not try to ‘replace’ meat filled dishes because they will never be the same.
I do not go around judging people for eating meat, you have never once seen ‘vegetarian propaganda’ on my Facebook page I still cook it for my family and still sat down to Easter dinner with my family, just my meal was different.
How many of you are any form of vegetarian? Pescatarian?
Do you struggle with the change?
What is the hardest part for you?
I am now thinking about creating a Vegetarian program for people who want to make the change to learn and follow, but I want to know where you have struggled.
I think the biggest one is where/how to add protein, and simply, what are other forms of protein other than meat…..because that is the only place we are taught growing up to find protein.
Below I have attached a great vegan curry dish! Try it out!
- 2 Tbsp. oil, such as coconut or olive
- 1/4 cup diced onion
- 2 stalks celery, thinly sliced
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1/2 tsp. powdered coriander
- 1/2 tsp. powdered cumin
- 1/2 tsp. powdered ginger
- 1/2 tsp. powdered turmeric
- 1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
- 1 cauliflower, about 1 1/2 pounds, cut into bite size pieces
- 1 zucchini, halved lengthwise, then sliced into half moons about 1/2 inch thick
- 3 to tomatoes, diced
- 1 tsp. salt
- 2 cups water or vegetable broth
- 2 handfuls baby spinach leaves
- 2 Tbsp. toasted slivered almonds
- 2 Tbsp. fresh cilantro, finely minced
- 1 lemon cut into wedges
- Plain yogurt (optional)
- In a cooking pot or large skillet, heat oil over medium heat.
- Add diced onions and sliced celery, saute about 5 minutes.
- Now add minced garlic and continue to saute vegetables for another 5 minutes or until vegetables are softened.
- Next add the powdered spices, coriander, cumin, ginger, turmeric and the red pepper flakes, stir to combine and saute until spices are fragrant, about 1 minute.
- Now add the cauliflower pieces, zucchini half moons, diced tomatoes, salt and water or broth.
- Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium low, cover and simmer until cauliflower is tender, about 20 minutes.
- Uncover, add spinach and simmer for another 3 to 4 minutes. Season to taste with additional salt and pepper if needed.
- Garnish curry with a sprinkling of toasted slivered almonds and finely minced cilantro. Serve with lemon wedges and a few dollops of plain yogurt (optional).