Heather and I were talking last night about how I’m eating about 90% vegetarian nowadays. She suggested I post recipes for y’all, and I laughed, since my cooking is rather haphazard. However, I thought I’d give you guys a primer on how I’m moving from meatatarianism (as my daughter calls it) to vegetarianism. It’s pretty painless, actually. So here’s the Ivy Method Of Going Veg:
Start by making one meal of the day vegetarian. The easiest, I’ve found, is breakfast. I know: ham, sausage, and bacon are fab, but you can eat them at other times of the day, when you’re starting out. You still get to eat pancakes, cereal, donuts, etc, etc.
Give up a type of meat. I gave up pork. Let me tell you, that was the hardest part so far. Bacon is good. Pork chops are good. Ham is good. But I’m serious about this whole going vegetarian thing, so I gave up the hardest, first.
Then cut meat out of lunch. I’ve been eating things like cheese sandwiches, egg salad sandwiches (I’m going with the ovo-lacto vegetarianism), salads, etc.
Branch out and eat stuff you don’t normally eat. I have found I really dig avacadoes. I always liked guacamole, but I like avacadoes on their own and in salads as well. Same with eggplant, only I never really ate it before.
Beans and rice are your friends. Nuff said about that. I eat a ton of beans and rice.
Eventually, once you get comfortable with making vegetarian choices, it gets easier and easier and you’ll end up like me, eating meat fairly rarely (I’m down to eating meat once a week-ish) and then you should be able to cut it out entirely. My goal is to be entirely vegetarian by September 1st.