For one thing, I do not abstain from meat purely for humanitarian reasons. I have nothing against organic meat. I honestly believe that man is an omnivore by nature. But the way we, as a rule, raise and slaughter our meat, is reprehensible. It shows a lack of respect for God and His creation. Moreover, with the addition of often copious amounts of steroids and antibiotics, I don't think it is good for anyone. This is why I should be giving up all but organic meat, at least. But even this is not the reason why I no longer eat meat. My honest problem with meat is kind of embarrassing. Apparently I have the digestive system of a newborn baby. I cannot comfortably digest meat. I used to live with almost constant liver or stomach pain. Since giving meat up, though, I feel so much better - plain and simple. I added back the dairy, eggs, and fish after a brief go at being a pure vegetarian and found that they do not bother me at all. Nor do they bother my conscience. Fish have been caught in large nets since the beginning of time. I stay away from farm-raised fish because (coincidentally?), farm-raised fish - particularly salmon - bothers my digestive system much like meat does.
So, since I last regularly posted, when I cook, it is vegetarian - ovo-lacto-vegetarian. I bring no meat or fish into my house. And I love that. It somehow feels "clean". I have a bevy of recipes that my husband and I enjoy and will share them with you in future posts. I make dishes like Eggplant Parmesan, Tomato-Basil Quiche, Mushroom Crepes, and Vegetarian Curry. I still try to cut the fat down in these rather rich meals and will share with you how I do that, as well.
When I order fish in restaurants, I usually look for a nice seared tuna or something like trout with a mango salsa. Every once in a while, I will try a lightly breaded catfish, flounder, or cod. And my naughty indulgence? Calamari - prepared just about any way you can think of.
So, this is the new me - eating a diet that makes me feel - well - pretty wonderful on most days!