Dating a vegetarian was a challenge. Living with one was a recipe for disaster. Or, at least I thought!
Growing up in a primarily meat-eating household, the concept of cooking and dining without the presence of meat was completely foreign to me. That was, until I met John.e Being that he has been a vegetarian for over 20 years, and considering that I love to cook (with meat), the challenge was evident from the get-go.
Every home cook has a repertoire of recipes that they cherish and love to pull out to impress their family and friends with occasionally, but in my new relationship with “the vegetarian,” I would have to work much harder to impress him with my culinary skills. I made it a goal to teach myself to cook all over again – this time, with vegetables!
The first step in overcoming this challenge was to accept the fact that it was easier for me, the meat eater, to change my diet rather than to compromise the dietary decisions of “the vegetarian.” After all, eating more veggies might actually be good for me! Who knew!?
It is worth noting that I am not a vegetarian, nor will I ever be. I love meat; it’s that simple. I’ve simply learned to satisfy both palates without trading the tastes and the comforts of home-cooked meals.
The purpose of this blog is to share my experiences and my new found love of vegetarian food with other couples and/or families who need to prepare one dish which will indulge everyone.
But, be not dismayed, fellow non-vegetarian! There will be a recipe with pork, beef, chicken, or fish thrown in somewhere along the way; just look for the non-vegetarian section!