It’s March which means we are “done” with eating and/or trying to eat vegetarian for a month in the CSYA household. There were a few meh moments but overall I’m glad we did this.
A few of the good:
- I love chickpeas and adding them to almost anything was easy for me.
- Mushrooms and bell peppers eaten constantly to begin means having them as the bulk of a dish wasn’t that big of a deal.
- Grocery shopping led to more meal planning based purchases. (While fresh produce can be frozen, we generally don’t and so wanted to eat it before it went bad.)
- Spanish & cheese stuffed poblano pepper will be repeated in the house.
- My stomach was less cranky at times with dishes sans meat.
- I’ve gotten much faster at cutting veggies.
- We ate less take-out/restaurant food = saved $.
- I got a chance to cook more.
A few of the meh:
- I had wanted to get vegetarian cookbooks but we ended up modifying the majority of the recipes we usually make.
- I read eating vegetarian meals will lead to weight loss. Good thing this was not my goal because I have no significant change since the end of January.
- A frustrating experience trying to get Panda Express sans meat and the employee looking at me like I was crazy and then me getting a horrible meal.
- More stove-top based meals meant more prep time in the kitchen, more dishes to wash, and more time overall.
- More kitchen time meant less time elsewhere including blogging, reading and knitting.
- Darth Husband isn’t a fan of tofurkey sausage.
- I never made the tempeh dishes and now have two packages in my fridge which will probably be there awhile.
I don’t know if I will have a designated veggie month again. We intentionally kept it veggie for the most part minus Super Bowl Sunday, our anniversary and a day that I had a hard day and really wanted a cheeseburger and onion rings. There were probably a bit here and there as well. I did learn buying canned soup that just because it says vegetable doesn’t mean there isn’t chicken stock involved. As I had said before, this wasn’t a lifestyle change for us but I know it will influence our future eating.