Wednesdays are simplicity days at SimpleProductivity blog.
In addition to my resolution that we eat in locally-owned businesses when we eat out, I am also trying to incorporate one meatless day in every week.
This new resolution is partly because of the green-ness of not eating meat, the lessening of the food bill, and I’ll be perfectly honest: cooking vegetarian is simpler because I don’t have to defrost anything!
However, doing vegetarian is not easy for someone raised in Dairyland, where beef is on the table pretty much every day. (And my Hindu friends are having a really good time laughing at me as I struggle with this!) On the frozen Tundra, vegetarian foods are generally encased in Jello or slathered with mayonnaise. Not exactly what I’m looking for.
I have a few vegetarian recipes that I use during the winter: I make mean split pea and navy bean soups. But when the temperature is pressing 100, with a family who doesn’t particularly like salads, I am being hard pressed to find something that works.
If anyone has any suggestions, I would love to hear them. I have to find something that isn’t too weird for my daughter (who is not a picky eater, but prefers “known” foods, particularly if she can identify the ingredients) and something hearty enough to fill up my husband (who can consume vast quantities of calories and never show them).
Any suggestions brought forth will be tried and I will report back on the success of this experiment.
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