My Decision to go Vegetarian
Hi friends! For about two years now, I've been semi-vegetarian, but was never able to commit to it. I have never been a fan of meats, especially red meat. I did some research on going vegetarian and thought it would be a good idea. Plus, it would be a good way to incorporate more fruits and veggies into my diet.
Growing up, chicken was pretty much a staple in our family diet. From a young age, I wasn't really a fan of hamburger meat/beef. I only remember enjoying hamburgers from McDonald's and we know that that isn't real meat. Any other meat that my mom or dad made for dinner, I wasn't really a fan of. So, I stuck with chicken, turkey on sandwiches and occasionally pulled pork. That was about it.
One day, during our trip to Canada, I realized that I really didn't enjoy meat. I was only fond of a few types of chicken or the turkey sandwiches. We were eating at Red Robin, a burger joint, where I ordered a burger (I can't remember what kind). After eating it, I felt sick because it was just this big hunk of red meat. It didn't sit well in my stomach. So, once we got back to our hotel room, I started looking into vegetarianism.
At the time, I wasn't an overly adventurous eater. I stuck to what was familiar and that was it. Looking at the recipes and food that was common in the diet of a vegetarian, I knew that I was going to have to really step out of my comfort zone. That is hard to do in a family of picky eaters.
Now that I've lived on my own for a few years and I've had to feed myself, I've gotten more adventurous with my meals, eating things I never thought I'd eat before. Like the other night, I made a mango fish and cauliflower rice dish. It was actually really good and something I'd make again. I also made black bean burgers which came out better than I thought they would! Not only have I become more adventurous in my eating, I've learned to cook more. I now own a crock pot and food processor. #GoMe
This year, I've decided I'm really going to stick to no meat and go full vegetarian. It is part of my resolution to be happier and I want to be happier with myself. I can't wait to find new, yummy vegetarian recipes to try!
Are you vegetarian? Let me know in the comments!