Post # 1
I grew up eating meat and personally I don’t know anyone who eats a strictly vegetarian diet. In highschool I tried it for a couple weeks. A couple weeks ago, I didn’t eat meat for about a month. I had read a lot of things about factory farmed animals and was really grossed out.
During that month of not eating meat, I didn’t feel like I was missing out on anything, and I definitely had to be a little more creative. It seemed like a lot of work because I had to make two meals, especially for dinner.
So I have been eating meat lately, but most times I get grossed out and stop eating and feel a little nauseous. Not so much when I eat out cultural food that I sometimes crave, but more so the every day dinner meals. Not to mention I can’t even imagine eating eggs anymore! (I used to have a fried egg for breakfast almost every morning!)
Any veggie bees? What made you become vegetarian? Any comments/tips/suggestions? Thanks a bunch 🙂
Post # 3
Didn’t realize I posted this in the “nesting” board!
Post # 4
@ohulani: Is it meat in general or factory farming that is icking you out? I’m a strong believer that you shouldn’t eat meat if you’re uncomfortable with how it lived and died.
I do eat meat but try to stick to higher welfare meats and I’m comfortable with the slaughter process in the UK and Europe.
ETA: Why did you cook two meals? If he wants something different then let him cook for himself!
Post # 5
@SpecialSundae: I think it has more to do with factory farms. After that month of no meat, I was starting to buy organic meats and it just got expensive! FI is a fisherman/hunter so I’m not totally against eating what he brings home. Maybe I should just stick to that kind of meats/fish.
Why did you cook two meals? If he wants something different then let him cook for himself!
This made me smile 🙂 We have kids, I’m a SAHM and I don’t want “force” them to eat only veggies. (Although I guess we would be forcing them to eat meat right?)
Post # 6
I’m a vegetarian. There were many reasons I stopped eating meat.
Ironically, I work on a chook farm! It’s RSPCA accredited and the living conditions aren’t so bad. If it’s factory farming that grosses you out, buy locally. I have also lived on a free range farm, there is not a whole lot of difference, they do not live outside and do not even go outside accept in the warmer months (and the chickens only live for 4-6 weeks, so some never go outside in winter), at least with the company I work for.
Local farmers are usually quite open about it all, I suggest looking into that option if it’s just the factory farming. If not, i’ll share my cooking tips.
I usually cook meals that have fruit/veggies and meat, that way I can cook my veggies first, wipe the pan and then cook the meat. Alternately, just use a smaller pan and cook your meal at the same time (for instance, make some roast potatoes and carrot, steam some brocolli and cook the meat, make yourself some rice ect). I like buying sauces with veggies, like rogan josh. I’ll cook the rice and meat, add in some sauce, serve up the meat dish then just use the rest of the sauce for me with some rice. Pasta, there are some nice pasta sauces without meat, buy one with and one without. Oven food is brilliant for a variety of food. I can cook up vegetable samosas or a quiche at the same time as roast potatoes and chicken strips/tuna bake/roast whatever for my fiance. There are lots of different ways to do it, it may mean having to use an extra pot or pan, but oh well. Usually you can incorporate a meat dish and veg dish from the same ‘base’ ingredients anyway though. I admit that I get lazy sometimes and prefer ‘easy’ food (where I chuck some wedges and pizza in the oven), but meh, it works well for us 🙂
Good luck with whatever you choose.
Post # 7
Me too! I am a Veggie! Thats what I say.
My reasons were very similiar to yours. A few years ago it all of sudden seemed like everywhere I turned I was learning something about commercially raised and slaughtered animals and it was disgusting. Since then, I can’t get meat passed my lips.
We struggle with having to make two meals every night too and it has taken sometime but we have gotten pretty good at it. My fiance once and a while will surprise me and request a vegetarian meal and that is nice because then we only have to cook one meal.
Even though we cook two meals, we cook less nights because we have more leftovers, so I guess it works itself out.
I actually like being a vehetarian. Its opened my eyes to a lot of new foods that I had never tried before and I love beans now. Kidney beans, garbanzo beans, pinto beans, black beans. you name it, I eat it.
Post # 8
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How about easing into it by eating vegetarian on weekdays? Sort of a “flexitarian” approach. If your family is only eating meat two or three times a week, you can afford to buy free-range meats instead of factory farmed.
My SO eats meat and I don’t, so I have a list of carnivore-pleasing veggie recipes at home that I might come back and post later!
Post # 9
Thanks ladies for the input 🙂 Well, FI is a hunter/fisherman, so we definitely have the wild game option and I’d way rather eat that than any kind of meat bought in the stores. (I don’t feel as bad/grossed out)
Thanks for all the tips and I welcome any/all recipies you’d love to share to broaden my veggie cookings knowledge 🙂
Post # 10
I’m a vegetarian, and I’ve been one for about 15 years (since middle school). I became one because I was concerned with the treatment of animals on factory farms. I have since become of the opinion that the environmental costs of large-scale factory farming are more significant (though both are significant). My bottom line is: since eating meat is not necessary (for me), and since has all these negatives, then I am obliged not to partake.
I was a bad vegetarian in high school – I did not know how to cook for myself and I ate pretty poorly. Once I became an adult, being a vegetarian gave me the impetus to learn how to cook and take care of myself. I’d recommend buying a big, trusty cookbook (I recommend Deborah Madison’s “Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone”), a recipe blog or two (101cookbooks.com), and smaller, quality cookbooks (Mollie Katzen’s, Moosewood Cookbook).
Post # 11
most times I get grossed out and stop eating and feel a little nauseous
This is me. I grew up eating meat, but I’ve just sort of…mostly grown out of it? I can eat some without feeling sick, but we try to get better quality/raised meat and it’s usually fine (we actually cut most red meat out and use ground turkey instead). Unfortunately, my FI “has” to have meat with his meals. I made a lovely quinoa salad for dinner the other night and he broke up a turkey patty and added that. Blech.
Post # 12
I’m not a true vegetarian, but I try to only eat meat (or at least buy it – if someone else serves it to me I will always eat it,) only a couple times a week, and it’s usually “organic” chicken. (I don’t know if it’s truly “humane-raised,” but it’s the best that our grocery store sells.) So, since we’re only eating it a couple times a week, it’s really not that expensive.