Meatless Week on The Cookbook Chronicles
Roasted tomato and basil soup, with rosemary croutons
(recipe in The Newlywed Kitchen)
Today I decided I would go meatless for a week.
Done laughing? That’s OK–my friends reacted the same way.
“Do you know that pork isn’t a spice?” “Duck doesn’t count as a garnish!” Yes, they have real faith in me.
The truth is, I eat a lot of meat. Everyone I know in real life, knows this. My food editor at Seattle Magazine recently asked me if I’d like to take the pork section on an upcoming food issue, because she knows how much I like to eat it. (I think my response was: “Hell yes!“) Even though I started participating in Meatless Mondays pretty regularly after watching Food Inc. earlier this year, I still probably consume at least twice as much meat as my husband on a day-to-day basis. (Not my fault. Why must animals be so tasty?)
The truth is, a diet such as mine is taxing the planet. Going vegetarian for a week isn’t going to be easy–in fact, I expect it to be truly challenging. But that just means there’s a greater sense of accomplishment when it’s over.
During the week of Monday, May 24th-Sunday, May 30th, you can expect to find one easy vegetarian recipe a day on this blog. (Another perk of doing this experiment: trying new veggie recipes!) I’ll be taking you to the local farmer’s market–I am lucky enough to be living a mere block away from the Queen Anne Farmer’s Market. I might even try cooking tempeh for the first time.
(A sidenote, I’ve always wondered why we don’t hear people wax poetic about vegetables in the same way they do about meat. Why does the mere mention of bacon cause so many of us to slide off our seats? Are vegetarians in general just simply more restrained in their food-love, or is it something else? I am curious to see if I can come up with a vegetarian food experience on par with bacon during Meatless Week. Sounds impossible? Perhaps! I guess we’ll find out together.)
If you’re a blogger who’d like to join me for Meatless Week, please let me know. I will try to link to everyone participating on the first Meatless Week post on May 24th.
(And if you have any vegetarian recipes, or thoughts about Meatless Week, I’d like to hear from you too!)