Twenty Nine Days

I love the idea of learning something new. I didn’t think I would love it – but I do. What I mean is that I’m not a naturally curious person. I enjoy routine and I’m not particularly comfortable with change.

However, almost a month ago I decided to eliminate meat completely from my diet and I had to re-learn how to eat and how to cook. There have been times in the past when I have given up meat for a specific period of time and I would just eat salads and pasta – easy, right? Well, that’s fine for a short period of time but can get boring quickly.

I’m not interested in faux meat. In my mind, if I’m going to eat something that is processed to make me think its meat – I may as well just eat meat. I’m more interested in finding ways to make vegetables and other non-meat items interesting and delicious. I didn’t realize that there are so many ways to wake up flavors in food – and the spice options are crazy! I have discovered a few things during the past month, and they are quickly becoming my favorites:

  • · Veggie fried rice (I used to make shrimp fried rice, now I just remove the shrimp, duh!)

  • · Vegetarian ramen (So good! The broth is what makes it amazing)

  • · Shitake mushrooms (Sauté them with fresh baby spinach and you’ve got a meal)

  • · Portobello mushroom burgers, topped with roasted onion and tomato and chunky guac

  • · Fried mushrooms – occasionally I will have a craving for fried chicken and these mushrooms always satisfy

  • · Vegetarian soft tacos (roasted zucchini, grape tomatoes, red onion, guac and taco sauce)

There are dishes that I have always made that are coming in handy as well:

  • · Spaghetti alla puttanesca – pasta with tomatoes, olives, capers, and garlic

  • · Butternut squash soup

  • · Baked mac and cheese

  • · Black bean burger with fries

The possibilities are absolutely endless, and I am never bored. I’m going to the grocery store more often but I’m spending less money, which is always a plus. I’m not doing this to lose weight, but I will mention that I have lost almost two pounds after three weeks of eating this way. So, there’s that.

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