I’ve been a vegetarian for two months now. Why did I suddenly give up my meat-eating ways? Disgust. I am so angry at what we’ve collectively done to the environment that this is my means of protest. I began with Meat Free Mondays and after 8 months I made the total shift. Honestly, being a vegetarian is something I’d wanted to do since I was a teen. It seemed bohemian. I am an Aquarian – ’nuff said. At any rate, the deed has been done. So….this Thanksgiving was my first vegetarian holiday celebration. What used to be a joy, with the cooking and fussing over the bird, became a scene from a horror flick. I looked at the turkey that had been hermetically sealed in a plastic bag, and noticed things I really paid no attention to before – like the fact that it was a dead animal dripping with blood. I rinsed the body and peered into the cavity for there rested the neck and giblets. It’s funny, what I used to do without a thought now suddenly seemed obscene – a desecration to the already desecrated animal. But, I am the cook of the house so I had to do what needed to be done – retrieve the heart, liver, giblets and neck from deep within the dead bird.
Once I’d cleaned and stuffed the turkey, feeling rather like a mortician of sorts, I went on to cook my own meal. A lovely tomato pie, noodles, Brussel sprouts, mashed potatoes, cole slaw and stuffing. It was great! And my greatest success was thinking of a way to keep the stuffing moist (like it would be inside the turkey) by using a squash.
I’ve found Allrecipes.com to be a great help in finding really tasty vegetarian meals. http://allrecipes.com/recipe/tomato-pie-ii/detail.aspx And while it is difficult fixing both vegetarian and meat-eater holiday meals, it’s not impossible. I just try to keep things streamlined. Cook what everyone else is having – just with modifications. I must say my noodles were delicious – even without the base of turkey broth that’s normally used. Vegetable broth worked great!
Lesson Learned: Once on the path to vegetarianism you become more thoughtful with regards to food and things you used to do with meat now seem wrong or gross – or both.
- Why Having a Vegetarian Over for Thanksgiving is No Sweat (derochedecibel.com)
- This One Time I was a Vegetarian (kingglutenfree.com)
- Vegetarian Thanksgiving (cascadiadays.wordpress.com)
- My 2 cents: Vegetarians urge: Try it before you judge (readingeagle.com)