How I'm Switching to a Vegetarian Diet
This summer my husband decided he wanted to go vegetarian for better health. I wasn’t fully ready to go along with him for several reasons. First I love to cook and I felt it wold limit my ability to create in the kitchen. Also, I like meat. I am not a big meat eater but I like some meat. When I started trying to take it out of my diet, I realized I liked meat more than I thought. But I was fully on board for environmental and humane reasons so I thought I would give it a try.
We started by going mostly vegetarian having meat a couple of times a week or when we went out for a special occasion. I was not enjoying it much because I just didn’t know how to cook vegetarian. Slowly though I started finding recipes and ingredients that were good and I found I could cook great meals, I just had to rethink the ingredients.
Now I am eating vegetarian almost exclusively. I have found some fabulous recipes that are excellent and I am even learning to make up my own recipes. I am starting to think I can do this long term although I won’t say I’ll never eat meat now and then. I am finding that I am gravitating toward vegetarian meals even when we eat out.
One of the tools I use to make the transition easier is this Lenovo Smart Display. It is connected to Google and I just ask it for find recipes, then I try the recipe and if I like it I tell the display to add it to my cookbook. This display does tons of other things but I use it mostly for recipes, finding new ones and collecting favorites.
I can even tell it to find a recipe that is vegetarian that uses certain ingredients like in the recipe below. I have a lot of Rosemary growing in my back yard and love the taste and scent so I asked my Lenovo to find recipes that used Rosemary and was vegetarian. It found this Rosemary and White Bean Soup which turned out to be heavenly.
This is the most amazing soup and so easy to make. I always make recipes my own so added extra garlic and rosemary. Also per my husbands request I added a little oatmeal. You couldn’t taste it but he finds his blood sugar is very stable if he eats oatmeal every day and that was a way to get it into our diet. It also thickened the soup a little. We only eat organic regular oatmeal. Well everything we eat is organic if we can get it that way. Here is the link to this recipe.
I had stopped drinking wine this summer when I was trying to figure out what was causing my severe joint pain. See story here. Now that the mystery has been solved and I no longer have joint pain I enjoy a glass of wine a couple nights a week. I usually only drink three or four ounces but it is still nice to sip a little white cooking or at dinner.
Another tool I use all the time is my immersion hand blender. I love to make soups and this just elevates them another level.
My Favorite Kitchen Tools
I won’t be blogging for a while, I have a trip scheduled to visit family and then we are doing our annual move to Arizona for the winter early this year because as I write this post, it is snowing here in the mountains. I’ll be back soon though!
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