|the lowly beet just might be my favorite vegetable|
We are going vegetarian for the week. I decided this on Sunday in a very nonchalant fashion. I wish I could say that there was some raging conviction around it, but then I'd be lying, and I don't like to lie to you guys. I like meat. Let's rephrase that. I like GOOD meat. I like meat that I know to be raised and processed properly and not shot up with drugs or slimed. I'm not going to go on and on about that, because I think you all know what I mean. Meat of questionable lineage gives me the shivs. Quality meat is expensive and I'm frugal, but mostly I believe that it's healthy to change things up. For adults and kids.
It's a good idea to shift perspectives, and raise your awareness around things that you do everyday. I believe, deep down, that it keeps you young and fresh and feisty to knock your habits on their ear every now and again. I told the young'uns that we weren't eating meat this week, and their only concern was that Ben and Jerry's is vegetarian. Max and Matt did consider their Friday night pizza, but I think that both of them can bear this cross for one Friday of their meager lives.
Just to be fickle, the husband stated that he could eat meat when I wasn't around, because I'm not his mother.(But apparently, he'll be too lazy if I am around?!)
Below you will find what I have mapped out for the week. Like Matt, you can eat whatever you like, but a week is a very short period of time and change is good, so feel free to join in. We often eat meatless meals, but I'd like to do it more, perhaps half of the time, so this is a step in that direction.
sauteed veggies (carmelized onions, green onions, red peppers, japs, and swiss chard) on black bean and cheese quesadillas with salsa and cilantro sour cream
oranges and scratch brownies
breakfast: cheese grits (a staple around here)
kid's lunch: egg salad sandwich, red peppers and blackberries, corn chips and luna bars
breakfast: toast with cherry preserves and boiled eggs and green drink
kid's school lunch: pbj, oranges, celery, corn chips and greek yogurt
thai butternut squash red curry with cashews and greens
brown basmati rice and cucumber salad
breakfast: granola with berries and a green drink
kid's school lunch: avocado chickpea salad sandwich and beets in balsamic vinegar
a Southern vegetable plate
mac and cheese, collards, black eyed peas
cornbread and honey
breakfast: crockpot oatmeal
kid's lunch: cream cheese and olive sandwiches with lots of lettuce, strawberries, popcorn and seaweed
falafel 'burgers' with quinoa tabbouleh, tahini, and avocado
red cabbage slaw
breakfast: we always get bagels at Doughworks on Friday...everything with garlic and herb, and a chocolate donut
kid's lunch: leftover mac and cheese and what ever is available
Friday night is a family treat! Homeslice Pizza! (sans pepperoni this week!)
let's try...the pesto sauce with tomatoes and mozzarella
We grab a movie from the library, and then hunker down for the night.
(and our old friends, Ben and Jerry, might drop by after the kids are asleep)
I hope this gets you thinking!
Would your family give it a whirl or would they rebel?
Happy eating and I am always open to your ideas!