The Veg Out: A Miniseries

So, I have mentioned before on this blog something that I have been  toying with, and that is wanting to take a month and go vegetarian.  I understand for the hard core fans of eating this way, this is a bit of a cop-out as it is just 30 days and not much of a social commitment to eating less meat.  I think they are wrong –  here’s why.

We are a little family of 3 –  that is the Lady, the Wee One and I. We eat animal protein 6-7 days of the week, and as I have mentioned before we are doing better by incorporating at least one vegetarian meal in a week cycle, but sometimes, that gets lost in the business of life. So we end up pulling something meat based from the freezer and having our pound of flesh.

That means we are eating a minimum of one pound of animal protein per day –  that is 30 pounds in a month and more likely over 400 lbs a year! So if we can cut that for even one month we are going to do well the health benefits alone are going to be startling.

But, I am not going to lie to you Marge, this is going to be one epic test of personal self control. I have days when I crave animal protein –  absolutely crave it.  As in I could eat as much as I can cram into me in one day and not be satiated.  What will I do if I get the meat-shakes during my month of only veg?  How can I curb my cravings?

I have been told that the meat based cravings will go away –  but can I take it.?  Will I wake up in the middle of the night with the bacon sweats?

So in preparation we have been adding more vegetables into our repertoire and encouraging the Wee One to help choose the vegetables we use each night.

Tonight The Lady made for us all a pasta with a goat cheese sauce.  The vegetables as selected included peas, asparagus and french beans –  it was excellent and it has made the shortlist of things we are going to eat during the big Veg Out. But we are not ready to get there yet.  We have decided that the month of July is going to be our month and I have decided that it is going to make a great little miniseries of posts.  From the big pig out on the day before to the final repast, stay tuned for we are going for the big Veg Out!


Instant party – just add friends

Since it is a sunny holiday Monday, I had a craving for something decadent, so naturally, my mind lead me to hummus.
Smoky, salty, nutty and thick hummus, and in so doing I remembered that in 2006 I wrote a column about the wonders of the garbanzo dip. I called it internally, Hummus Nature but it was published as “Instant Party, just add friends”.

off the eating path

There are too many shows on television telling you how to throw a good party. Most of them involve the Martha Stewart-ization of house and home in order to impress your guests.
Let’s face it – Newfoundlanders as a people are the party sort. We love a good time surrounded by friends and family. We’re also uncomplicated folk. Not simple, but humble and honest. A party for us is the pleasure of each other’s company and a good time.
Over the weekend my wife and I experienced just that – a good time with friends. We went out Saturday night to a concert and afterwards friends asked “Hey, how about drinks at our place?” Who can say no to an invitation like that?
The trick to a good party is sometimes in the planning and other times it is in the spontaneous invitation of a few friends in for a…

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To Veg-out

So I am a carnivore.  Or as my friend likes to say “Man didn’t get to the top of the food chain just to eat salad”.  There is a point to that –  or is there?

I love to eat meats of all sorts and I am  not afraid of any of them –  off cuts as well as underutilized parts as well.  It is just that we are getting into a rut lately and we have enjoyed the times when we have added at least one vegetarian meal to the weekly mix.  I can honestly say that I make a pretty killer veg curry now.

But this is it.   Is it just enough to say that there is room in our kitchen to experiment with vegetarian cooking or it it time to take a larger step and look at going vegetarian for a week, a month…a year?

This is not a cry to be convinced this is a lifestyle choice. and I have no real ethical dilemmas in eating any animals –  raised or wild. I think that as a consumer of them that if you understand where it comes from and it is not wasted in any way then it is all right.

I am just thinking that as a whole nose to tail eater of meats perhaps it is time to become a root to tip eater of vegetables –  I mean throw myself into the deep end and go for it and make the same commitiment that i make when I buy meat  to the vegetables that come along with it.

I think it is time for a real carnivore to look at eating only vegetables for a bit even if it comes to being only a week. Give the vegetables a chance to shine.  Give peas a chance. 🙂