Going vegetarian is something I have been toying with since I moved into my own place almost 3 years ago. I would never have tried it at home as we all always ate the same meals and I didn’t want to cause a fuss. Then, after moving out, it never happened. I’ve had days where I have not eaten meat. I’ve never consciously not eaten meat, though, especially for a prolonged period of time.
So, here I am. Going vegetarian for a month.
I want to see if I can do it. I have a handful of meals I love to cook, and they all center around whatever the meat involved is. So it’ll be interesting to see how I find that, I struggle for meal ideas at the best of times! I’m hoping it’ll be simple to adjust some favorites to a meat-free version. I've started collecting some Pinterest inspired meal ideas. I'm going for flavourful veggies over meat-substitutes.
I’ve noticed myself eating less beef these days, which is a good thing. Damn, the more I read about what eating beef is doing to the planet, the more it scares me. So there’s that too.
Filling my diet with more vegetables can only be a good thing. I remember when I was in college, a friend decided he wanted to be a vegetarian. He had no clue what to eat so he lived off cheese and tomato. Suffice to say, it didn’t end well for his waistline. So I want to avoid that. The one meal I will struggle with is lunch. Most days it's a meat filled wrap of some kind, and damn, fake meat slices are expensive! So I'm going to have to get creative there. A month of cheese buttes won't do anyone any good!
I will still be consuming eggs and some dairy products. And probably, some fish. So it's not 100% vegetarian and nowhere near vegan, but it's a start. I'm not going on a crusade or anything yet.
I’m hoping this opens my eyes to new things and gives me some inspiration. I want to prove to myself that a meal can be a meal if it doesn’t involve any meat. Plus it's a challenge, and who doesn’t love one of those? A month isn't all that long when you think about it. And I'm hoping it lines my purse a little too!