Happy Vegetarian Awareness Week! So I actually just found out today that the second week of September is, in fact, Vegetarian Awareness Week, but it is a happy coincidence because it is this very week that the boyf has decided to try vegetarianism! GO BOYF!
In terms of my own dietary preferences, I am quite label-shy--I would rather forego calling myself vegetarian/vegan than feel guilty when I have some ice cream (which I truly enjoy and therefore has a place in my diet), but let's get real. I rarely eat meat anymore, and I certainly do not keep it in the house. Indeed, as I've been eating a higher raw diet, meat tends not to play a starring role. I also suspect I'm even more vegan than I realize!
Nonetheless, I would consider myself a decent authority on making quick and easy meat-free meals (I've been doing that for eons, it seems!), so when the boyf announced his intention to try being vegetarian for a while, I was delighted not only for his health and open-mindedness, but selfishly for the simple fact that we could enjoy more homecooked meals together!
Over the weekend, I went shopping with him to help stock his kitchen full of goodies necessary for enjoying a user-friendly and delicious vegetarian diet. Naturally, the next step was for me to visit him on an average weeknight and demonstrate a quick dinner with minimal prep, no fancy chef skizzles required.
I assessed what I had to work with and pulled together a dinner using two bags of mixed frozen veggies, brown rice and bottled stir fry sauce.
This is me intently cheffing (aka babysitting the brown rice and pushing the veggies around the pan). Such hard work being vegetarian!
That's about it! The brown rice went into two bowls (plus a Tupperware for his lunch tomorrow) and was topped with a nice pile of veggies. I also sliced up half an avocado and distributed it atop the three servings. Sesame seeds and sriratcha made it money!
The boyf's bowl was a little manlier with lemon pepper "chik'n" strips, or whatever they call 'em. Whatever it is, it's a great transition food for new veggiephiles.
(Not his quote, but props for naming the movie in which it is heard.)
I'm trying so hard to write this post such that it doesn't come off all condescending and whatnot, but I really am so proud of my boyfie for trying something new. This is a big step for someone with such a proclaimed love for meat! I can only hope that my enthusiasm for veggies is at least a little contagious.
What will you do to celebrate Vegetarian Awareness Week?