Overall, I’m doing really well with my decision to not eat meat once a day, a decision which essentially cuts my meat consumption in half. It’s been a good choice I think: forces me to think about what I’m eating, requires that I shop and make myself lunch to bring to school. I’ve become acutely aware of which restaurants have decent vegetarian offerings on their menus. Its a good thing.
I’ve settled into a nice routine where I food shop and cook my lunch for the week on Sundays. Last Sunday I made Mushroom and Barley Soup from Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian. Even though it was for lunches, I made my parents try it. My mom said she liked it better than the Tarascan soup I made (how is that possible? That soup’s great!). Dad was pretty grossed out; he doesn’t like mushrooms. Points to both of them for trying; I will spread the gospel of homemade food and vegetarian meals! The soup wasn’t the best thing I’d ever eaten, but it was pretty good and I was proud of myself for eating vegetarian (vegan, even), cooking my own food and sucessfully dealing with dried porcini mushrooms and barley, neither of which I’d done before.
That was Sunday. Today is Friday. And despite the fact that I still have a serving left (Side note: how is it possible that no matter how closely I follow a recipe, even if I halve the recipe, I still end up with more servings than the recipe says I will?), I could not bear mushroom and barley soup for the fifth day in a row. Not when there was a serving of left over ravioli sitting in the fridge. Chicken ravoli.
So, I broke my own rule. Maybe I won’t eat meat for dinner (unlikely, if one of my parents cooks). I feel a little bad about it, but not much. The ravioli was darn good. I’m pretty sure ravioli, tomato sauce and 2 tangerines for dessert still doesn’t qualify as a “bad” meal. Sometimes, you just have to set your principles aside.
I’m making vegetable and barley soup for lunch for next week (I’m a soup addict). I think I’ll be more excited to eat it than I was the mushroom. At least, I hope.
I love Mark Bittman! A few months ago I didn’t even know he existed. I’m trying to cut out meat & dairy for breakfast and lunch. Some days it’s pretty easy, some days it’s not. He has a lot of videos on Youtube from his Minimalist series.