It's National Vegetarian Week!

National Vegetarian Week ~ May 21st-27th. How will you celebrate?

     Yep, that's right, May 21-27 is National Vegetarian Week.  Vegetarians not only get a day to celebrate, they get a whole week!  Granted, this does not mean that Vegetarians receive a week's paid vacation or a fancy parade with floats.  Nope.  Nothing.  If anything National Vegetarian Week is a week where Vegetarians can proudly proclaim from the highest mountain top, "Yes!  I am a Vegetarian!  I do not eat animals!"  Of course there may be a few individuals who do eat animals that will probably question whether or not a Vegetarian would have enough energy to climb a mountain let alone be able to climb back down - being protein deficient and all. {*Chuckle*Chuckle*}

     I became a Vegetarian back in 1996.  For me the transition was relatively easy.  I was never a big fan of fish or meat.  I had one too many nasty encounters with gristly hamburgers and was not saddened to see those go.  Now, I did like and enjoy turkey, bacon, scallops, mussels, and a few other animal food products.  I can't recall if I went Vegetarian overnight or if it was a slow transition - my memory fails me.  Hmmm, maybe I'm deficient in Omega-3s?!   I didn't become a Vegetarian because I disliked the taste of a well cooked steak.  Pass the A-1 please!

     A lot of my reasons for going Vegetarian were, well, at that time I honestly didn't have any solid reasons.  I guess at the time it was just a lifestyle change for me.  A test to see how much self-control I possessed.  A test to see just how creative I can be in the kitchen.  Of course the suffering of animals played a part in my decision but not as great as what some would think.  My decision to go Vegan had everything to do with the suffering of animals/sentient beings.  I now have a better understanding about what occurs on factory farms and I was shocked by what I had learned.

     In keeping with National Vegetarian Week, why not celebrate by skipping meat for a day?!  The worst that could happen would be that you might not miss meat all that much.  Get creative in the kitchen.  Dust off those spice containers and whip up a zesty meal of pasta, rice, veggies, etc.  Preparing a meal without meat is not as daunting as it may seem.  When the 27th rolls past why not keep the meatless thing going?! How about Meatless Mondays?!

* To help you with meal planning print out this Vegetarian Menu Plan and place it on your refrigerator.


Photo: Kale & Scallions W/Miso & Carrots

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tom m May 25, 2012 at 02:30 PM
does a big mac count as vegan food ( can the patties actually be considered meat)
AndyinConcord May 25, 2012 at 07:21 PM
if man was meant to be a herbivore...why do we have incisors designed specifically for the ripping and tearing of flesh?
Peter Grossetti May 25, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Andy - Did the blogger or any commmentor here say "we were MEANT to be a herbivore?" It is an indivudual's god-given right to deceide what he/she eats/doesn't eat, yes?
joe simonton May 25, 2012 at 07:57 PM
man also has tonsils and an appendix whats your point , also you are saying the incisors were "designed" where are the prototypes
Stow Resident May 25, 2012 at 08:27 PM
Great article Rachel. We too are proud to be vegetarians.
Lori E. Switaj May 26, 2012 at 02:32 AM
Vegetarian! 35 years running!
Joni May 26, 2012 at 02:46 PM
“Incisors (from Latin incidere, "to cut") are the first four front teeth present in heterodont mammals. They are located in the premaxilla above and on the mandible below. Incisors are usually simple teeth, though the crown is sometimes lobed. In many species, incisors are used as pincers for grasping or picking, both in feeding and in grooming.” (Fortunately, I do not find it necessary to use these teeth in my personal grooming, except occasionally for vagrant fleas on my mate.) Perhaps the misinformed responder is referring to canines, aka eye teeth, which are cuspids, remnants of a more primitive carnivore diet in which one tore and ripped flesh. As we evolved and processed and cooked foods were introduced, our canines shrunk due to less of a need for large protruding teeth. While we still have remnants of canines, our teeth are much smaller and less robust than any of our ancestors. As a 3rd generation vegetarian (my grand-daughter is a 5th!) I have discovered that our canines, along with our claws, “fur” etc., have evolved to a much lesser size than the canines of our mammal friends who do use them for survival. Our brains have evolved, too, although obviously, that isn't true of everyone of my species.... Thank you, Rachel for the suggestions, meal plans and recipes. Most appreciated!
Gina Corron May 26, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Who can afford meat anymore ?!?
Rachel Jewell May 27, 2012 at 05:16 PM
Good question Tom! Can the patties actually be considered a food product?! LOL
Douglas May 29, 2012 at 12:44 AM
hmmm, do not know if you noticed this, but National Vegetarian Week is not recognized in the US. It is a UK thing.
Douglas May 29, 2012 at 12:45 AM
Megan Rozsa May 29, 2012 at 03:08 AM
Why can't we celebrate it too? ;)
Rachel Jewell May 29, 2012 at 04:26 AM
Ha! Ha! I realized after I had already submitted my blog. I meant for the title to read, "World Vegeterian Week" (May 19-26) - it was a long week, I'll spare you the details! I was hoping no one would notice ;) http://www.worldvegetarianweek.com/
Rachel Jewell May 29, 2012 at 04:27 AM
Rachel Jewell May 29, 2012 at 04:31 AM
You're allowed to celebrate too Megan! Throw a couple veggie burgers on the grill!
Rachel Jewell May 29, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Meat does seem a bit pricey. Then again, groceries in general seem to be very overpriced. When I go to the grocery and end up in the meat department trying to figure out what to buy my fiancee I'm always a bit shocked by the prices. I sometimes look for the meat that has been reduced in price due to its approaching experation date. I just freeze whatever will not be cooked/consumed before expiration.
Rachel Jewell May 29, 2012 at 04:36 AM
Thank you Paul :)


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