Weekday Vegetarianism

I am not a vegetarian. Obviously. I tried it in college for awhile, but it wasn’t good for me. I need a lot of protein and I love meat. I also don’t think that it is essential to become a vegetarian to save the world from ecological disaster. It’s a nice thing to do, but moderation is good too.
So I was interested in the above TedTalk, where Graham Hill from TreeHugger suggests that people go vegetarian during the week and save meat eating for the weekends. I like this idea. Personally, I try to have a couple of days a week where I don’t eat any meat. There are several good reasons for this, as follows:
* Eating vegetarian is cheaper. If you have a garden, you can cut down on your food bill drastically simply by sticking to the food that comes out of it. But even if you don’t have garden, vegetarian food is cheaper. A bag of beans is one of the cheapest things you can buy.
* Most of us don’t get enough vegetables. We are supposed to eat several servings of vegetables a day, but who has time for this? Eating vegetarian insures that you get closer to that goal and in the process, you get more of the vitamins and minerals that we all need.
* Vegetarianism makes you thinner. Vegetables are lower calorie than meat. By eating them, you get just as filled up, but you are less likely to have excess calories left over that your body can store as fat. Eating vegetarian a couple of times a week instead of meat should make a difference in the waistline.
* Vegetarianism is better for the planet. Vegetables takes less energy, water, soil, and space to grow compared to meat, which means we need less resources to feed vegetarians than meat eaters. Also, some of the ways we farm animals are problematic and cruel.
But despite all this, I don’t think a little bit of meat hurts anything. We are omnivores, and we are supposed to eat both. I have learned not to fight my body on things like this, and besides, meat taste awesome. But I respect vegetarians and agree that cutting back on meat is a good idea.
Here’s a list of vegetarian recipes I’ve covered so far:

More vegetarian recipes to come!

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4 thoughts on “Weekday Vegetarianism”

  1. I try to one day a week, eat vegetarian. Have for about a year and a half. Partly, to honor Linda Eastman McCartney. Partly because of picture of a cow inside the Blockcades just before getting shot. No one will ever convince me that she wasn’t terrified.

  2. Rob, I agree. It always surprises me when people say animals don’t have basic emotions like fear. It’s obvious they do.

  3. I’ve been reading a lot about the benefits of grass-finished animals. Healthier, happier, better tasting, etc… Less waste to deal with, since it’s where the cow puts it in the field.
    When I get my freezer cleaned out a bit, I’m considering buying a portion of a locally raised cow. I think I can get a decent deal from a few places. We’ll see how that goes with the budget! 😉 We’ve also been cutting down on the portions of meat served at dinner, and upping the veggies to offset the cost of the better meat. I’m not as good as I want to be with planning meals for the week, so it’s pretty hit or miss a lot of times… I’m thinking it’s time to pick it up again!

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