I first wanted to title this post “A Month of Vegetarian Eating” but realized it could be seen as a month of eating vegetarians
since I clearly read/watch too much zombie stuff. Nontheless, February is veggie month for the CSYA household. Darth Husband actually had the idea weeks ago.
This isn’t a lifestyle/permanent change. The plan is to eat vegetarian and as a result learn more recipes that can be incorporated into our usual everyday meals. When he mentioned it to me, I thought it was a great idea. There is a lot that we can learn.
While I don’t consider myself a vegetarian, I eat meatless meals all the time. However if I am eating a chickpea/veggie stirfry for lunch, there is a good chance I’m following up with a burger for dinner. There were two people who I knew could help us, Emily and Kristin. I emailed them explaining the plan as well as asking for book recommendations. Since we spent a weekend together (or a second weekend in Emily’s case) for the Healthy Living Summit back in August, I knew I’d get honest input from my roomies.
The key is figuring out how to balance everything this month so we get all the nutrients we need. I have read about people not including enough of one thing or another and it having negative results. This is definitely NOT what we want to accomplish.
One night I ended up googling “vegetarian” and was a bit overwhelmed. After a bit of searching I found Vegetarian Times which had a nice starter kit PDF. I’m reading the actual site as well since this is based on a magazine. Plus I am a fan of sites that are tied to magazines since I am an on/off subscriber person.
Overall, this will be part learning experience, part challenge (though I don’t think it will be extreme) and a chance to free our food processor from the back of the overflow closet (where the
semi-forgotten lesser used items are stored.)