The kids have been good sports - and only our evening meals for them are meat-free. The girls still eat turkey sandwiches for lunch and Josh eats whatever it is the school cafeteria calls nourishment.
Like any lifestyle, there are pros and cons to a vegetarian lifestyle. First, let's start with some qualifiers : I'm eating fish, and I've only been meat-free for a week or so. Also, I used a ham bone to make our soup last night. Rob thinks I've gone bonkers, but really my motivations for doing this included simple curiosity and trying to pass the time [while he left on a skiing vacation for ten days].
Our meals - well, I'll be honest - they're nothing special. Tuna-noodle casserole, anyone? I still remember the first time I tasted tuna noodle casserole - it was at Emily Anderson's house in fifth grade and her mom put potato chips on top. I remember it tasting way better when I was ten.
Then there was this - some sort of orzo and broccoli-cauliflower mix with cheese.
Last night's meal was a little better - but not any more impressive.
I made pizza and bean and swiss chard soup. The soup would have tasted like nothing without the ham bone, though. I think that's what has become evident to me. Meat flavors things. I know - you're saying in your head, "duh". We went out for dinner with my parents on Friday night - I had veggie stromboli (more carbs). It tasted like nothing. I like vegetables as much as the next guy - but sometimes I think they need a little help.
I'm not giving up, though - I promised you a full ten days and that's what I'll give you! Tonight is veggie enchiladas. I'm cautiously optimistic.
Lest you think that there is no upside to a meat-free existence......my skin and hair look amazing. I don't really need to wear deodorant. Isn't that weird? I feel more energetic. Okay, Rob I know you're rolling your eyes right now and I don't care - you're in Vail and you had baby-back ribs last night - you stink.
I'm not finished with my challenge yet - but I will go back to eating meat. I don't know if I feel like I want to eat large slabs of it - but it is about the best flavoring around. And, my family would have to somehow like beans [a lot more] to adopt this kind of lifestyle on a permanent basis.