It is SO hard to believe, but I have been a vegetarian for ten years today! What started really just as a "try it for the weekend" sort of thing became my lifestyle - and I never looked back. I am so excited that I can say that I have been a vegetarian for ten years - a decade! When I first became a vegetarian, I was so worried I would not get enough protein, so that I would get only carbs. But becoming a vegetarian allowed me to discover so many wonderful and delicious foods that I probably never would have tried, and I am so thankful for that. In fact, I plan to only serve vegetarian food at my wedding next June! I love the three dishes we have selected, and I am sure my guests will too.
In 2003 I was very aware of vegetarianism because many of my friends were vegetarians. I cared about animals, and I did see a disconnect between my love of life and compassion towards animals and what I was consuming. But when I began researching the process of farming - namely factory farming - a bit further, my resolve quickly deepened. As much as I had enjoyed bacon, chicken tenders, and turkey sandwiches, I could not eat them with a sound conscience. At first I craved the foods I was used to - that is normal. But now, ten years later, I almost always forget that my dietary choices are different than the masses; I am reminded only when I find myself at a restaurant that offers nothing but a side salad for vegetarians - and luckily, those restaurants are becoming fewer and fewer.
I am proud that I made such a life-altering and mature decision so many years ago, and grateful that my family and friends have supported and encouraged my choices. To read more about why I became a vegetarian, click here.
Check out some of my favorite vegetarian recipes below! I eat a lot of vegetarian bean chili, spaghetti with tofu shirataki and Morningstar Farm crumblers, veggie patties, Greek yogurt (14 a week!), and of course, tons of fruits and veggies. I try to avoid packaged foods, but I do enjoy popcorn once a week :)
Minestrone (an all-time favorite of mine!)
And for dessert, Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake