Some acquaintances lump me in that group called 'vegetarians'.
Family members, and some friends, often say, "I never know what to cook for
you because you're a vegetarian."
Planning to eat out in a restaurant with me often brings such comments as, "But what
about Mary, what will/can she eat?"
Hey out there - are there any restaurants not serving vegetables and salads?
OK, in all honesty I'm really just a pescatarian.
Definition: A word used to describe those who abstain from eating all meat
and animal flesh, with the exception of fish. In other words a pescatarian maintains
a vegetarian diet with the addition of fish. . . .and often dairy, which I also eat.
A true vegetarian does not consume any type of meat, poultry, fish, seafood, or
dairy products, or wear leather etc.
I haven't eaten any meat or poultry in almost 39 years!
I stopped just after moving to North Carolina and learning more about
the way many animals were being raised for human consumption, and
wanting to eat perhaps a healthier diet.
I am not a tree hugger, PETA member, or environmental crazy lady. . . . . I am
a Christian, an animal lover, a concerned person when it comes to farming
practices, animal husbandry, and the way our food is processed.
I am, I think, a kind person.
This was a typical dinner being prepared in my kitchen this week.
The center bowl contains a grain, rice and bean mix - quinoa, chia, brown rice,
white beans and pine nuts. French green beans await a light steaming so
they still have a crunch. Mixed mushrooms, white and baby bella, to be sautéed with
a knob of unsalted butter and splash of good olive oil. A mountain of 'power greens',
kale, chard and spinach, to steam in a cup of water with the addition of a
vegetarian bouillon cube, and the resulting broth will be saved to add to
a vegetarian soup which I make several times a week - we are huge soup lovers.
All this on a plate will look appetizing and be healthy.
Bob, a sometimes meat eater, is good about eating the food I prepare at home.
Of course two people will not devour all this in one meal - leftovers can
be eaten with another meal, perhaps adding salmon or other fish. . . . . .
speaking of which I must here just say how sad my recent restaurant
meals have been, especially in regard to the fish offerings and the way they are
cooked and presented.
I will not give names, but some of the national chain restaurants I used to enjoy,
especially their salmon offerings (I usually order salmon), have been disappointing.
It seems as the prices increase, the quality of the food, and the way it is cooked,
go down. Why do so many restaurants try to add so many oils, spices, sauces etc.
to what could be a good piece of fish if served naked! I can add any salt and pepper
I might want. . . . . I like to taste the fish and have it remain my healthy protein addition,
not be swimming in a plate of often 'secret sauces.'
You are now saying, and you are quite right, "Why doesn't she speak up and tell them
how she wants her fish cooked!" From now on I will when eating out. . . . . but
quite honestly, I have grown to love the food I prepare at home and feel it far
surpasses much of what is being served to me in overpriced restaurants!
What are your feelings about restaurant meals?
Do you like to cook and eat at home rather than in restaurants?