Bye Bye Birdie: Adventures of a beginner Vegetarian

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I spent $94.28 on groceries last week. You’d think that eliminating an entire food group from my diet would result in spending less money? Yeah, no.

Who know healthy eating could be so colorful?

My groceries were mostly the same as every week–lettuce, tomatoes, zucchini squash, onion, grapes, bananas, oranges, wheat bread, cereal and pop-tarts (an essential). I skipped the poultry department and spent an extra five minutes trying to find the  “tofu” heading in one of the isles. After realizing the soy-milk product isn’t cool enough to have it’s own tab in an aisle menu just yet, I found it near an array of other food products whose names I could not even pronounce.

Bringing home these new groceries was almost as exciting as bringing home a new puppy–except I’d never google recipes for puppies? My first vegetarian meal of the night was veggie soup, a simple and safe choice. But as the week progressed, I got more creative with my cooking. On Wednesday I boiled and blended vegetables and made a delicious and nutritious soup. I then tackled the tofu, which was for the most part a success. I combined the crispy pieces with brown rice. Most of my other meals since have consisted of pasta, stir fry, fresh sandwiches, cereals and fruits.

I planned on attempting to cook ratatouille as well but somehow lost the eggplant I swore I purchased. Yes, I lost a vegetable. That distracted.

Zucchini Cream Soup: Basically, a blend of veggies.

My week as a vegetarian has left me craving more, or in this case, less. I really don’t feel like eliminating meat was all that of a challenge so I am continuing the vegetarian diet from here on out. After reading an article in the Vegetarian Times, I realized just how healthy living a meat-free life can be. I’m improving my health by sparing the lives of animals–WINNING.

Don’t get me wrong, I love chicken and what’s Thanksgiving without some delicious Turkey? But the more I research and write about animal rights, the less I crave a meat product that comes from a confined animal injected with hormones. I’ve signed a petition with PETA2 urging McDonald’s to eliminate their current breeding and slaughtering methods for chickens. You should too! 

I’m not saying I’ll never eat meat again, but I intend on making an effort to never go back. Stay tuned for updates, until we ‘meat’ again.

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