Vegan Hans was the first to suggest we try it. OK, Hans – vegetarian YES – vegan NO! emphatically NO!
To be honest, I was a little curious if I could do it and how I would feel.
I’m the cook in the family and do all of the shopping and meal planning, so that was the first hurdle. Second, we had to pick a week that didn’t coincide with a big meat event. I’m not kidding, we live in Kansas City and BBQ is in our blood here. And lastly, I had to get my family’s buy-in on the idea of no meat. And I feared the latter wasn’t going to be easy either. My DH and I are both descendants of farmers and some of our extended family continues the family legacy through dairy, livestock and crops still today. So you see, we were born to eat meat. But my family was game. (no pun intended)
I had teased my family with Meatless Mondays before, but was always questioned, “Where’s the meat?”. But now we were in agreement- No meat for a week.
MONDAY- I decided to ease us into this easy. Monday was a family favorite that I knew everyone would love. Broccoli Mac n Cheese and a chopped side salad. Nothing fancy, I didn’t want to scare them.
They liked it and no complaints. But really who’s going to complain about that cheesy goodness. My Son is the Mac n Cheese king. He likes and makes all different variations. He asked if he could add pastrami to it. Either he was toying with me on Day 1 of Vegetarian week or has no idea of what it means. No matter, the answer was NO. (Please note: I am not a food stylist or a photographer, but that will become evident as you scroll through my pics.)
TUESDAY – Taco Tuesday is a Vegetarian Burrito Bowl.
This wasn’t a stretch for us either. It involved all of the ingredients in my standard burrito bowl with the addition of roasted poblano pepper and minus the meat. The poblano pepper was just the kick it needed. Cilantro lime rice and spiced black beans were the base with a pico de gallo salad topped with some chili sour cream ( the sour cream was an afterthought- basically it was Mexican dip I had in the fridge). My Son said he missed the meat but cleaned his plate anyway.