Hiii! I’ve been thinking of what my first blog post should be for quite some time, and now that I’m free of my bridesmaid responsibilities, and have recovered from the world’s most obnoxious hangover, I have the brain power to put thoughts to computer. (Also, a delish Tim Horton’s Ice Capp may have something to do with it.)
The reason for this post is the meat delivery man who harassed me about being a vegetarian the other day. (And yes, Mila and I have a fair number of personality traits in common, though I hope I’m not the impulsive brat that she is… Actually… part of me is in all of my characters, whether they be male, female, or something in the middle. How else could I write, if not from experience? Ahem. Distraction kitty.) I’ve been a vegetarian for more than half my life now, (it’s been so long, I’ve lost track of the years. Somewhere between 13-15 years, but that’s neither here nor there). For the duration of this time, I’ve been what we call an ‘ovo-lacto’ Vegetarian—which is a fancy, Latin way of saying I eat eggs and dairy products, though anything with dairy in it has always made me feel sick, and to me, milk tastes like snot. *shudder*
This post isn’t trying to convince you to become a vegetarian. I don’t care what you eat. I eat what makes me feel good, and this diet has always worked for me. I give blood pretty regularly, and have a higher blood-iron content than most meat-eaters I know, so rest assured that I’m not lacking for anything in my diet. haha moving on.
The meat delivery man found out that I am a vegetarian, and instantly made it his life goal to convert me back to the dark side where meat sweats and protein farts abound. Aside from being a jarring conversation which I had no intention of participating in, I’m always politely amused when a carnivore attacks me for being different. As if I haven’t thought about any of the points you’re bringing up, even once in the last fifteen or so years. What do I do for protein? Where do I get my daily intake of fat? What about vitamin B-12? If you eat eggs, you know you’re not a true vegetarian, right? You’re eating an unborn chicken.
Now, if you know me in person, you’ll know that I’m a master of the ‘dead eye.’ It’s my favorite weapon when navigating what might be considered a potentially awkward conversation. I don’t respond to these questions, for I know he’s not here to have an open-minded conversation about nutrition. He’s an old-school farmer delivering half a cow to the members of my family who do eat meat. Agreeing with me would be bad for business. 😉 Instead, I just toss him a quick ‘dead eye’, mumble incoherent troll speak, and slither back to my basement cave. This allows him to go on thinking vegetarians are crazy, misguided fools, and I don’t have to listen to a lecture from someone I see less than once a year. Win-win.
However, I’d like to take the time now to admit I have answers to all his questions, and am totally willing to chat about them. It is, after all, something I happen to know quite a bit about… furthermore, it’s something I’m always going to be open-minded about, given that the sources you use are based in actual hard science. My eyes are going to glaze over if you cite pseudoscience in an attempt to win an argument. But I’ll still love you. 😉
What do I do for protein? – it’s a myth that humans need massive quantities of protein in their diets—unless you’re doing tonnes of muscle building, which I am not. I get my protein through the consumption of beans (more on that later), various nuts, eggs, the occasional chunk of cheese, and the occasional human sacrifice sent my way in an attempt to make me write faster… ahem… what? Who said that?
Where do I get my daily intake of fat? – I cook with coconut oil, (though not for any health reasons they list on the side of the jug.. it smells like cookies, and I love the dash of sweet with the crazy amount of hot sauce I dump on everything). I eat eggs. I eat cheese occasionally. Eh. It’s never been an issue.
What about vitamin B-12? – Again, I eat eggs and cheese. There’s enough B-12 in both of those to keep me alive. At the recommendation of a vegan friend of mine, I gave B-12 tablets a shot (but because he said it was great for a caffeine free energy boost) but it made me pee florescent yellow, which I took to mean I was just peeing everything out and wasting my money. Besides, it didn’t make me feel particularly energized. Moved on. Vegans (who don’t eat any animal products including cheese and eggs and sometimes honey) are the ones who have to be careful with their B-12 intake. Not vegetarians.
If you eat eggs, you’re not a true vegetarian. You’re eating a baby chicken. – heh. Not even close. Well… aside from the odd rooster who gets into the hen house, I guess… you do know how a baby is made… right? The hens are going to lay eggs even if there’s not rooster in the house. And it takes a rooster to make a complete fetus… just sayin’. Besides… eggs are tasty. They make up like… 25% of my diet. hah
I didn’t intend for this to be a rant… and I hope it didn’t come off as rude. Just some caffeinated thoughts that needed an outlet. Which is what a blog is for, yes? I shall end this epic ramble with my favorite recipe. This is what I eat for breakfast every morning.
Corn and Beans with two over-easy eggs
place large table spoon of coconut oil in large pan
Dice three large onions, saute until softened to your liking
Add LaGrille vegetable spice (approx 2 table spoons), Steak spice to taste, paprika (or whatever miscellaneous hot spice you favor) and mix with onions until blended.
Add 2 cups frozen corn
Add 2 cans of beans (whatever combination you have works, but I tend to go for the low sodium)
Heat until everything has blended, and add spice to your liking.
In separate pan, crack two eggs and cook until over-easy (and the over-easy part is important because when you top your corn and beans with it, the yolk breaks and blends with everything and you have a mouth orgasm)
Add a sprinkle of feta
Add hot sauce, because I’m pretty sure it’s the only reason I eat food anymore.
Let me know what you think! (Also, you’ll find that this portion size is WAY too much to eat in a single sitting… but it also means you have left overs and the fastest breakfast ever for the next morning.)
This meal is pretty much complete, as far as I know. Corn is jam packed with sugar that breaks down quickly and gives you a near instant energy boost. The sugar in beans is harder to digest, and the release of energy is delayed which keep you feeling satisfied for hours. Also beans jam-packed with fiber and goodness. Eggs have fat and protein and misc. vitamins. Feta has calcium n’shit. Just trust me. It’s good. Promise. 😉
Enjoy!! Myra Danvers