I have always been curious about being a vegetarian. Could I do it? Would I be good at it or someone that just eats pasta all the time?
Well after much thought I have decided that now is the time to try it. It is on my list of things to do in life and what better time then the present, right?
While I do see certain benefits of being a vegetarian such as the ecological effects I have to say I am not against eating animals in the least. In fact I do believe that humans are meant to eat meat. While some of the practices of slaughtering animals are definitely questionable, I still find myself in awe of a good cheeseburger.
I completely understand why people are vegetarians whether its for animal rights reasons, gastrointestinal issues, ecological effects, and just plain taste issues.
I would say at this point in my life I am a vegetarian 85% of each day. Meaning I tend to only eat animal protein one meal a day (usually). Therefore I am coming to a hasty conclusion that my transition to full on vegetarian will not be too difficult.
I plan on trying my best to eat vegetarian for the next month or two. I plan on trying some gluten free products, diary free products and maybe even some vegan products. However, I still plan on eating fish every once in awhile. Hopefully I can pick up some healthier eating habits and some new recipes.
Have no fear though, I will still bake! Aren't I lucky that ingredients in baked goods are generally vegetarian?
Yes yes yes!
And to start of my vegetarian month, I have a recipe!
Corn and black bean salad
1 bag of frozen corn thawed or 1 can of corn
1 can of black beans rinsed
1 chopped red bell pepper
1 diced avocado
1 medium tomato chopped
2 scallions diced
1/2 an onion chopped
1 hand full of cilantro lightly chopped
1 large garlic glove minced or chopped
Juice of 1 lime
1/4 cup of white wine vinegar (can use red wine vinegar if needed)
1 Tablespoon of honey (depending how sweet you want it)
1 teaspoon of cumin
salt and pepper to taste
Put all chopped vegetables and cilantro in a bowl
In another bowl mix vinegar, honey, lime juice, and garlic with a whisk
Add the vinegar mixture to the vegetable and toss. Then add cumin and mix again.
This tastes so fresh and has little to no fat. I like to eat it by itself in a bowl or as a side dish to a meal but I have a feeling it would taste fantastic on fish as a salsa.
Hurray for veggies!