It seems the more I listen to the news and read the papers, the more I start hearing about tainted or spoiled meat getting into our food supplies. One has to wonder just how safe our meats are, tasty vegan recipes especially with some of the hormones they are putting in them. I looked for an option, and decided to look into cooking some healthy vegetarian dishes for a change.
Now mind you, this wasn’t an all out decision to become a vegetarian, as some of my prior experiences with vegetarian dining were quite distressing. But this time I decided it would be different, and I would do some research prior to running up the grocery tab.
Initially I thought that going to my local library would provide all the resources I would need in regards to vegetarian recipes and cooking, but then I thought I would go one step further. Why not visit a vegetarian restaurant! Easier said than done, as it took hours of looking through the yellow pages along with surfing the web, before I was able to locate some sources in close proximity.
The first restaurant sounded right on target tasty vegan recipes, “Best Vegetarian”. I thought, “How could I go wrong with that?” Well unfortunately the name didn’t live up to the food. It was a quiet Wednesday night when I visited, so waiting for a table was not an issue. The waiter was quite polite, and the menu was pages in length. As I browsed through some of the entrees, my eyes came to rest on “vegetable lasagna”. Yes, just what I was in the mood for.
The meal arrived quite quickly, tasty vegan recipes and it actually looked quite tempting
Unfortunately as I dug in, my fork seemed to get stuck in this thick “goo” that was similar to mending putty. The vegetables were slightly cooked, if not raw, and the sauce was definitely right out of a jar. Soon after, I realized that this was nothing more than a “frozen entree”, that was probably purchased at a local store. Who said vegetarian dishes had to be fresh.
Well anyway I left quite discouraged, but determined to do more research on vegan dining, and cooking. This time I thought I might go the “library” route, and see if I could find some great vegetarian recipe books. After all, they say a picture is worth a thousand words.
Health-Conscious Vegetarian – this vegetarian is conscious of what they eat because they recognize food as a source of nutrition to keep the body healthy. They may grow some organic vegetables at home, participate in healthy activities, and generally live a healthy lifestyle. This doesn’t necessarily mean that they won’t enjoy a nice glass of wine with dinner so don’t assume that is the case. Always ask.
Junk-Food Vegetarian – The junk food vegetarian is often a person who became a vegetarian as a youth, teen, or young adult, usually for ethical reasons, and without any concern for nutrition at all. They may eat a lot of pizza, pasta, doughnuts, candy, soft drinks and the like. This type of vegetarian may not even like most vegetables. They most likely do not refer to themselves as a “Junk-Food Vegetarian” so tread softly when inquiring.
Vegan – a vegan is a vegetarian who not only excludes meat but also any animal products (including milk, cheese, eggs, and sometimes even honey) from their diet. Some vegans are strict with this and will not eat bread that has been made with an egg or some milk. Others are more flexible; choosing to be vegan at home and as close to vegan as they can get when they are out. I’m mostly vegan at home, but I’d rather be vegetarian than hungry if I’m out.