My name is Dani, and I love cooking. (“We love you Dani” and applaud)
I have always wanted to try a Lacto-ovo vegetarian diet, see what it is like, maybe it would help my body, since I could remember myself crawling meat was the main ingredient in my families diet. Where I came from we used buy sheep and using kosher Jewish methods to slaughter them, butcher and prepare delicioso ethnic dishes.
Day 1 Monday: I feel brave, this is a big decision and a major change in my eating habits, the most I survived without meat was 48 hours and it was because I was camping and there was no meat available to us. The menu consists of: For the morning I prepared a avocado sandwich, avocados, tomatoes, cucumbers and a little chipotle mayo. it was pretty good, flavorful and not bad for a first meal on the first day. I did not have anything for lunch since it was a busy day at school and then I had to run to work. As I arrived to work, deprived from meat (my precious meat), hungry; I had to be strong and resist the temptation of the daily special, clam chowder soup and grilled flatiron steak with roasted root vegetables and a red wine green peppercorn sauce. So instead I had the soba noodle salad with tofu, what a treat…..
Day 2: I fell asleep feeling that something is missing, a part of me was taken away. I woke up, got ready for the day, prepared myself buckwheat with mushrooms and peppers stuffed in white mus hrooms and topped with blanched asparagus.
for breakfast I had sunny side up with bread and I run to school. Its lunch time, and its time to eat my food, it was not bad, it tasted good, it is just that something was missing, I did not feel complete. As the day continued I could not stop thinking about how I am going to not have my mom’s dinner, which includes onions, carrots, garlic, rice and lamb (my favorite of all) I will not be having this delicacy, instead my dad will be angry with me and tell me what a fool I am to be vegetarian (which I agree). Alternatively I had a vegetarian stir fried teriyaki veggies with tofu. Shame on me.
Day 3: Why do I feel so weak? why do I feel so tired even though I slept for good 8 hours? No time for breakfast, I grab my bag, a Cliff bar and go to school. I am tired, hungry and angry because I am hungry. I have to eat something after my test, so I go to the 5 dollar burrito joint on Front and Sherbourne, I ordered my self a vegetarian burrito and pretended I enjoyed myself. later on that day my friend and I met for dinner and we went to Fresh restaurant, where I remembered the food was fairly good when my friend convinced me to stop being so stubborn and try something new. I ordered the Tex Mex Tortilla Scramble, and it was amazing, it was a big portion, it was tasty and it made me forget for a second that I am on a Vegetarian diet. My sleep is better today.
Day 4: My breakfast this morning is a nostalgic inspiration, a porridge that was made to me at my grandparents house in Israel every time I stayed over. every morning my grandpa would get up at 7 am in the morning (I am still tightly sleeping) and prepare me an at porridge, and every singe time it was delicioso. I prepared the oat porridge (not as nearly as good as his is) and start my day. I went to school and got back home quickly for dinner, rice with veggies.
Rice with veggies:
brunoise 1 large carrot, onion and 2 peppers.
sweat, and add 1 cup of brown rice with a two cups of water and let simmer until water evaporates. (season to taste, but I also add Sazon Gayo, a spanish spice mixture)
It is simple, tasty and fulfilling. I was inspired from a Mexican restaurant I used to work a year ago.
Day 5: It has been nearly a week since I started this nonsense (NOTHING AGAINST VEGETARIANISM, it is just not for everybody, especially me) and I cant wait to start eating my precious meat again. I start my day with a toast, tomato paste and cheese, I head to school, and for lunch I had a Sub, a veggie sub. (but very soon my friends, very soon I will have a corned beef sub). It is 7 pm, and my parents still trying to convince me to have my moms dinner, a dough filled with cubed meat and onions, telling me how she spent so much time making them for us and I refuse to eat, claiming that I am hurting my mom’s feelings. They do not get it, and they will not, but that is ok, I do not expect them to. So I used the left over dough and filled with sweet potato and onions and baked it for myself, it was pretty good, that good actually that my family ate it too and stopped bugging me about my new diet routine.
Day 6: I have a morning shift, so I decided to snack something at work, A cream of spinach soup (it is not a “snack something” anymore, I had seconds) for lunch I treated my self with some mash potato, with soy dijon sautee greens and coconut milk miso tofu. for dinner I had some veggie pizza. The day is coming!
Day 7: Finally, the last day of my torture, my happiness can be restored, tomorrow. The last day I had cream of mushroom soup, and for dinner I had zucchini rolls filled with quinoa and some veggies.
What an experience, who would have thought I made it, for a whole week I kept a vegetarian diet, I am a hero, a self proclaimed hero of course. In general, I did not like that, and i do not think it is for me. The whole week I felt weak, hungry for more and energy deprived. As they passed by all I could long for is the ending of it, so I could go back to having meat.
Its very subjective to maintain a certain diet life style; I for example did not like it and can not advice anyone how to make it easier. However, as a future chef, I will definitely include vegetarian dishes for the vegetarian crowd.
If you have any questions or suggestions, do not hesitate to contact me!
Have yourself a Delicioso rest of the day.