Slowly but surely...
A few years ago I started to contemplate becoming a vegetarian, which I suppose I did for two months or so. Then I ate steak all the time. But guilt and reasoning crept back in... Two years ago I stopped eating mammals (cows, pigs, lamb). No not beef, pork and mutton - such terms simply detach us all from what it really is.
So to this day, for the past two years I have not eaten mammals.
I'd say about a month ago I read Jonathan Safran Foer's Eating Animals . It's a great book from the point of view of a non-vegetarian. So there's no "preachy-ness". While as inspiring or convincing as it may be - I stopped eating chicken which is DISGUSTING by the way for about a week, until I got right back into the swing.
So then... Here I am AGAIN! RE-CONTEMPLATING. I know my personal goal is to become a vegetarian. Cattle production results in a ridiculous amount of CO2. Over 98% of animals raised for slaughter live in despicable environments - environments that are hidden from view - because it surely wouldn't be an appetizing sight.
In pursuit of my goal to actually become a vegetarian, I have another book that I am about to read Food Inc. I hope to convince myself once and for all...
I also have been looking up and making a lot of delicious vegetarian recipes for my husband and myself.
I'd love to share with you what we just ate for dinner:
Falafel Pita with
You will need:
For patties: For Sauce:
1 (15 ounce) can garbanzo beans 1/2 cucumber shreaded and chopped1/2 large yellow onion 6 oz. plain yogurt (strained optional)
1/2 cup fresh parsley 1 tablespoon sour cream
1-2 cloves garlic, chopped salt/pepper to taste
1 teaspoon water
2 teaspoons ground cumin Toppings / Finishes:
1 teaspoon salt Pita Bread
pepper to taste Lettuce/ Spinach
pinch cayenne pepper Chopped Tomato
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 slice of bread toasted and crumbled
1 teaspoon flaxseed
veg. oil for frying
Make Sauce. Shred and finely chop cucumber, add yogurt, salt and pepper. Stir and Chill.
In blender grate chopped onion, parsley, water and garlic until smooth. Mash garbonzo beans to a thick paste. Stir in blended onion mixture. Add egg, cumin, salt, pepper, cayenne, lemon, baking powder. Stir.
The mixture will be rather wet, add flaxseed and bread crumbs until able to form into small patties. A bit of flour is optional here too.
Make 8 small patties and fry in an inch of veg. oil until brown. Cook slowly on medium / medium low so that patties cook through without becoming too dark.
Add slowly to pan so heat of oil doesn't drop too low, they should all fit:
Wish me luck with the new book!
I'd love to hear your tips on keeping to my vegetarian goals!