Although forgoing meat also helps fight world hunger (and the issue of obesity), it's also proven to be kinder to Mother Earth, even if you're just skipping out on animal protein one day each week. To learn a few of the environmental benefits of going meat-free once a week, keep reading.
While promoting the new tome, he took the time to talk about his restaurant, El Paseo, and the second season of Food Network's The Great Food Truck Race.
He weighed in on the latest in beef, why vegetables are superior, and the drama that goes down in his reality TV show's second season. Find out what he had to say when you read on.
The last time Ginnifer Goodwin visited Jimmy Kimmel Live, she was a devoted vegan. But lots have changed: from the sound of it, it seems these days the Something Borrowed star is more about burgers than beans. The actress, who's been animal-free for a couple of years, revealed she's been working meat back into her diet: "I'm always learning and growing and changing," she told Jimmy Kimmel. Check out the clip below to hear the story behind the first animal product she ate and why she's given up veganism.
When I suggested you welcome National Meatball Day with a few major meatball dishes of your own, I was surprised by the number of responses on Facebook from those of you who'd given up animal protein for Lent. Whether you're observing the holiday — or just trying to be healthier on yourself and the planet with a little bit of vegetarianism — here are some suggestions for easy, elegant, and meat-free meals.
Not ready to commit to vegetarianism full-time? You can still make your mark by partaking in meat-free Mondays or vowing to eat less meat. One of my favorite fast and easy dinners is this hearty meal of grilled halloumi cheese and vegetables, topped simply with a sprinkling of cumin and a squeeze of lemon for a blast of exotic flavor.
If it's too cold outside to grill, you can easily adapt the recipe by oven-roasting the cheese and vegetables. Halloumi is a Cyprus cheese that is easily fried or grilled; if you can't track it down, substitute paneer instead. Go veggie for one night when you read more.
Is this trend simply recession flexitarianism, or should we expect to see more carrots, cauliflower, and parsnip bacon on menus next year, too? I asked Annie Somerville, executive chef at Greens restaurant and a California pioneer in meatless eating, what her predictions were for the coming 12 months. What's the future of vegetarianism? Find out when you read more.
Even if you aren't making an entirely meat-free meal, there are a number of ways you can still make the night's menu vegetable-driven without missing the animal protein.
To see chef Annie's best bets this yuletide season, keep reading!
While my experience is one-sided, it has taught me plenty. Here are some of the more fruitful life lessons grown from my years as a veggie head.
- You don't have to justify your lifestyle. Unorthodox life choices intrigue others, but you don't owe anyone an explanation. Sometimes I'm in the mood to divulge why I'm not ripping into the carnitas served at a dinner party, but sometimes I double up on guacamole, chips, and a margarita and eat another (vegetarian) serving of goodness when I get home. Live the life that works for you without feeling the need to defend who you voted for in the last election, whether you are team Jacob or Edward, or what you dished on your plate. Here's a secret: at the end of the day, no one really cares. We're all just doing our thing.
- Food choices are personal, not universal. Being a vegetarian works for me, but it doesn't work for my sister, who since adolescence has eaten poultry and fish. She likes the taste. I don't. She's still my favorite dinner date. We split the veggie curry, and she gets her chicken dumplings on the side. We all want, crave, and need different things. This could very well be the best spice of life.
Today, in "Vegetables Are the New Meat," New York Magazine discusses the vegesplosion, even going so far as to coin the term "vegivore" to describe non-vegetarian eaters who possess "fervent vegetable love rather than ardent meat hate."
I'm the perfect case study: a diner who enjoys eating meat, but can't stop extolling the vegetable. After all, there's nothing more stunning than a savory tomato tart or marinated baby vegetables. Are you a vegivore, too?
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I'm easily affected by what I write, and with environmental conservation on the brain, I'm consuming less meat, which helps reduce my carbon footprint, among other things. In honor of Earth Day, I encourage you to do the same, whether you're already a vegan, a vegetarian, or simply a flexitarian who's looking for a satisfying meat-free meal on Monday— or any other day. Keep reading for vegetarian lunch and dinner ideas.