Do you still get the odd looks when you tell people you are vegetarian? I do. Sometimes you can just about read their minds. They are thinking..."Ewww, salad all the time, how boring!" or simply "Why?" Or my personal favorite, especially from my doctor..."Are you getting enough protein?"
Everyone has their reasons for going veg and those reasons are very personal. Mine are quite spiritual and most people simply don't get it. I can't wear my "Vegetarian because I'm smarter than you" t-shirt every day. I can't take time to explain each time an eyebrow is raised to my comment, "I'm vegetarian." So I shock them with taste.
I'm living proof that you don't have to be a clever or experienced chef to maintain a vegetarian lifestyle. More importanly, your daily menu doesn't have to consist of green salads, carrot sticks & plain baked potatoes. I'm sure I'm preaching to the choir here.
So in my own quiet little way I shock my friends and family with flavorful meatless dishes that rock their world! And when I say, "Oh, by the way, that Spicy Chipolte Mexican Soup is in fact, made with vegetarian meatless sausage." They say, REALLY? It's so good. And I chalk up a quiet internal personal victory for all the times an eyebrow was raised to my vegetarianism.
Petty? Well, a little. Fun? A lot. Satisfying? You bet!
I hit my hubby with the Spicy Chipolte Mexican Soup the other night. He even saw the package of sausage and apparently didn't read it because he had no clue it was totally vegetarian until after he had two bowls and I spilled the beans. Sorry, just a little vegetarian pun. Vegetarians, 1 skeptics 0. Yes, I keep score in my household.
So if you are even a little tired of the raised eyebrows and the 'ewww Tofu' comments, rock their world with a little veg and yes, keep score! After all McDonalds keeps score, it says so right on their signs.
Pass on the Vegerator website to everyone you know and maybe one way vegetarians will have a sign too.