... but just for this month! Happy National Vegetarian Month!
Okay, that's not the only reason my boyfriend and I have decided to go vegetarian for a month. The truth is, we have a big trip coming in November to Asia. With that in mind, we want to:
1. Save Money
2. Eat Healthier (before we have to be back in bathing suits and are ready to eat every pig in the Philippines and cow in Japan)
(Bonus reason: to help the environment!)
As the granddaughter of a livestock farmer, I am all about eating animals - it's something that I can't deny that I enjoy. But I also recognize that not eating meat (or even eating less meat), makes a big difference for one's health, one's bank account, and, of course, the environment. So, like everything in my life, I try to compromise.
I've tried to follow the ideas of a "reducitarian" (see the video below) and eat less meat on a daily basis. I'm not the best at it of course, but hopefully taking on this challenge to completely eliminate meat for a month will be a step in the right direction.
So we started our "Vegetarian Month" on the 1st of October, which was a Saturday... a BIG mistake. We ended up going to a BBQ at our friends house and they made SO much delicious BBQ - we were crying! But we brought our veggie burgers and buns and kept our will power strong. Unfortunately, my boyfriend has never made a veggie burger so he ended up keeping it on the grill for almost 30 minutes! As you can imagine they were pretty much cardboard at that point.
We salvaged the next day of eating vegetarian by going to Chipotle and having their Sofritas. We were definitely satisfied by that meal. For dinner, I made a vegetarian pot-pie... aka chicken pot pie but with no chicken or chicken stock. It wasn't too bad!
So I guess the past few days haven't really been THE healthiest of vegetarian meals, but we're easing into it. I think the next week is going to be an easy one since I'll be on a business trip for almost half of the week and eating out is always way easier than eating in, in my opinion. Let's be honest, salads are so much more delicious when someone else makes it for you.
Also, I definitely want to give big props to people who decide to eat vegetarian or vegan every day. After we told our friends we were doing this, we were faced with SO many comments about how stupid it was and how it doesn't make a difference. Sheesh! I would hate to have to face those comments every day. So good for you guys! *thumbs up*
So wish me luck and comment with any tips or vegetarian recipes you have! I'll let you know how everything goes next week....