Tuesday, October 14, 2008

Veggie Tales

The more I learn about health and nutrition, the more I lean towards a vegetarian existence. Mind you, we'd still have fish and chicken occasionally, but for the most part, vegetarian.

Not that I'm even sure that's what it would be considered. I'm very confused by the whole thing. Because I fully intend to keep drinking milk and using butter, just less of the "meat" part. So it's not truly vegetarian, but, what else do you call it? No seriously. What?

I guess what I'm wondering is how do you feed yourself and your family?

Do you try to have mainly vegetables?

If yes, do you have a garden?

If no, how much do you spend on produce?

How often do you have meat?

I'm really trying to instill healthy eating habits in my family and I'm just wondering, how much is too much?

ALSO, if you have a really good meat-less recipe, ENLIGHTEN.


Danielle said...

Can't answer any of your questions, but I have a cheddar chowder recipe I'll email to you. (no meat, but cheese, milk and butter) My kids loooove it. In fact, they are eating it right now!

heather said...

I will SO HELP YOU. This is MY specialty area. :)
Only, I can't now. I'll email you soon. Or post. Or something. :)

the MomBabe said...

Yeah, the whole dairy thing throws me... THROWS. ME. HARD.

hayngrl101 said...

I thought Vegetarian meant that you don't eat meat and that Vegan (or Veganism) is when you don't eat meat AND you don't eat any animal products, so nothing will milk products (cheese, yogurt, butter) and no eggs either.

Kimberly said...

I would go mostly vegetarian if I were a better cook, and not such a picky eater. I'm working on it though. We've switched out a few things...cut down on the red meat. Winter is good for vegetarian chilis and soups and whatnot.

heather said...

okay. emailing you now. :)

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Anonymous said...

I dunno. I grew up with a vegetarian sister. She just didn't like the texture of meat in her mouth. I'm all fine with that. We ate good, normal, meatless food. Regular recipes minus the meat most the time. I still cook that way to a large extent. I understand that it's healthy, and I like the idea of healthy, but our bishop's wife gave a jaw dropping RS lesson a few weeks ago telling us that the word of wisdom actually means that we shouldn't be eating meat at all....It felt wrong. And it left a bad taste in my mouth for vegetarianism ever since. no pun intended. I just can't swallow the idea that eating meat will send me to hell.

Laurie said...

D&C 89 says meat should be used sparingly (verse 12)... So I think it's good to be mindful of when you eat it, but it's not necessary to completely avoid it. It definitely gives us nutrients we need.

On the other hand, the day of the Value Meal has made it seem like we should always be eating meat, which isn't true.

Everything in moderation... That's what I think.

Amber said...

I realize I'm a little late with this- but I have found the best way to eat less meat is instead of going meatless to reduce the amount of meat used in a recipe. I've been replacing 1/2 the meat called for with grains that are complete proteins (grain is for man?) Anyway- it's helped a lot of issues we've had at our house (mostly related to constipation in the kiddos) and such. I'm going to pimp my blog- but only because I believe it'll give you what you're looking for.