Theoretically, I wouldn't mind being a vegetarian. I'm a Christian and know that when God created us, he created us to not eat our animal friends. Then later, when he made the covenant with all people through Noah, God allowed us to eat meat without penalty. But, when reading of the future time when all is redeemed, we go back to not eating our animal cousins (even other animals will be at peace with each other); it is how things were before the Fall. So, while we're allowed to eat meat in this covenant era, and I crave meat when I don't have it for a while, I still don't like the idea of killing animals and eating them. But just as carnivores during era must eat meat, I can't seem to stop myself . . .
BUT, I was just sharing my faith thoughts and everyday experiences with meat eating. I would eat more vegetarian dishes if I wasn't so lazy (it's a lot easier to pop some meat in the oven, or cook a hamburger, then buying and preparing a bunch of fruits, vegetables, and grains), and if it was easier and cheaper where I live to in fact eat that way. Probably not surprisingly to some, I find that most fruits and vegetables that I can buy in this very urban area taste like cardboard, so that is definitely an additional factor.
So, I'm wondering if any vegetarians, or partial vegetarians, would want to share their tips, tricks, and recipes and all that. If you do, thanks!
I was a vegetarian for a while when I was young, but I always thought it was a hassle to get enough proteins. I wasn't a real vego either, because if I don't remember incorrectly I ate fish. Now with recent research results regarding cancer and red meat/processed meat, I'm going to try to eat less meat and preferably no red meat, when it's possible. I spend most summer holidays in Italy and they eat lots of vegetables in all shapes and forms, so I get lots of ideas from there. Also, I've fallen in love with lentils and chickpeas, if prepared the right way. They're a good source of proteins, and good carbs too.
Sadly I live in a country with close to no fresh veggies, and definitely not as good as in Italy. But I'd recommend the Abruzzo style zucchini with chopped garlic and olive oil.
Slice zucchini in large and not too thick slices. Add salt on the top of them. Wait for a while until you see water drops coming out of the zucchini slices. In the meantime chop garlic in small pieces, and maybe basil if you can get that. When zucchini is leaking water, fry them in a frying pan without grease. Let them fry until they are soft and have a bit of colour. Put them on a plate, add chopped garlic and then add quite much olive oil on the top. Add basil if you want that. Eat as a side dish to whatever you want. Gorgeous and full of antioxidants. Chickpeas can be fried with olive oil, chili, salt and herbs. Lentils are nice to use for soups or stews/casseroles. Add crushed tomatoes, chopped carrots, mushrooms, onion and garlic. And whatever else you like in a soup. We usually make it quite spicy with chili and garlic.
I'd recommend to look for Italian recipes, like a real Italian recipe book with regional recipes, and not that typical book with typical tourist dishes. Italians are great at preparing vegetables.
What I don't know is if only lentils, chickpeas, nuts and the likes will be enough protein. I don't fancy tofu and other weird stuff, but i eat fish and other white meat.
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