Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Episode 78: The Return of Wegetarian Wednesdays!
MM.. Wegetarian Wednesdays. Where we wander through culinary bliss into the realm of the meatless. We eat bean soups and spinach salads and sometimes a Trader Joe's Roasted Veggie pizza, if we're being particularly lazy. The idea of Wegetarian Wednesdays came with the more frequent trips to the farmers markets, a reason to use up some of our market produce and it just felt right.
I like doing Wegetarian Wednesday on a Wednesday because it's the middle of the week. Some people prefer something like "Meatless Mondays" where they feel better about themselves after gorging all weekend by reasserting the diet mythos of "Oh, I will start over on Monday", which means that if you screw up on a Thursday afternoon, you have three free days of gorging yourself into oblivion which you can excuse by saying "Oh, it's ok. I'm starting a diet on Monday". The point of Wegetarian Wednesdays isn't to start over, but to rededicate yourself. If you slipped up a little on Tuesday, don't give up, but eat healthier. That way you have Thursday, Friday and Saturday and you can go "I survived until Wednesday, why give up now?" Wednesday is that hump in the road, that road block that we have to hurtle past into the unknown realms of diethood, where we can keep our heads held high and say "No, I ate Vegetarian last night. I don't need that piece of Thursday morning bagel, and I don't have to take part in that Friday morning box of doughnuts that my boss just brought in. I have more willpower than that!"
Tonight's Wegetarian Wednesday was bean soup, which will get posted tomorrow for recipe Thursday. It was a good thick hearty soup that was delicious. I've noticed lately that a lot of our vegetarian meals sort of revolve around the idea of beans. Beans for protein or beans just as a filling substitute to something that would normally be meat. I'm not saying that there is anything wrong with beans, and they certainly made a delicious meal tonight, but there has to be more out there.
AM and I switch off making meals every other night. He is training and reading up on being a chef since he is going to culinary school, but I like to cook too, so every other night (well... hopefully), I am cooking. That means in an average month, I am preparing about 2 vegetarian dishes a month. I need more variety with less starch.
So, I call out to you, gentle reader. Help me increase my repertoire of vegetarian meals into my beautiful pink Arc planner, so that I can create a wonderful cookbook and have a whole slew of meals to create that will satisfy our tastebuds and our budget and not be just another bean soup or salad.
Hoping to hear from you soon...
Love and Lollipops,
P.S. I hope I never have to type Wednesday that many times ever again! :)
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