Confessions of a Vegetarian: I Love Animals, but I Don’t Love Vegetables!

I have a confession to make. I’m a vegetarian, but I don’t love vegetables. I’m what my boyfriend lovingly calls a “beanian.” While most vegetarians eat veggies, I eat beans: refried in tacos, Romano with rice, kidney beans in chili, chick peas with pasta. Where are my vegetables?

Until a month ago, my vegetable intake was limited: lettuce in salads, frozen veggies for a quick stir-fry and the occasional baked potato.

But what about spinach? And I’m not talking about the spinach found inside a frozen Spanakopita. Broccoli? Okay, so I’d eat a leaf or two when it showed up at the dinner table, but that was it.

Fast forward to Christmas 2009. I received a vegetarian cookbook for Christmas from a friend. And not just any vegetarian cookbook: a vegetable lover’s cookbook. It’s titled Vegetable Heaven by Mollie Katzen. This was given to me, the girl who basically skipped the roasted vegetables course at a wedding last summer.

As I flipped through the cookbook, something woke up inside of me. The food lover in me loved this book. I found myself taking notes on the most appealing recipes, planning to cook a new meal every week, and for a New Year’s potluck, I opted to make Vietnamese salad rolls for the first time. This was the beginning of my foray into a varied vegetable diet.

And guess what—it’s working. For the past month, I’ve chosen meals based on what food groups I was lacking. If I find out I’m having pasta and tomato sauce for dinner, I’m sure to have a veggie burger with vegetables for lunch (to get in that protein and vegetables).

When I was little, I used to pick the olives out of the rapini my mother prepared (I loooove olives). Now, I’ve not only been eating rapini, but I’ve acquired a taste for it. Rapini went from being “bearable” to “neutral” to actually crossing the line into tasting good! I also eat asparagus for the first time, and I’m working on eggplant.

So join me as I continue my adventure into healthy vegetarian eating over the course of the next year. I’m picking up good lifelong habits, and you can too.

Your contributions are appreciated!

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One Response

  1. […] that means eating vegetables. If you recall, I’m not your average vegetarian—vegetables don’t come naturally to me. Or at least, they didn’t used to. Things are a little easier now that I’ve discovered […]

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