My eldest daughter just asked me if being vegetarian was easy. I had to be honest with her.
“Most of the time it’s easy, unless bacon is involved.”
I haven’t found a way to keep bacon in the house and prepare it for others without wanting to eat the whole pound. As a vegetarian I would still eat bacon wrapped bacon, and then as someone with Fibromyalgia I would regret it for the next couple of days with some pain issues. Even as I regretted it, I would consider it worth it because it was bacon.
Otherwise I don’t miss meat. I miss some of the seasonings used. For instance, if I’m craving buffalo wings I realize that it’s not the meat I’m craving but the buffalo sauce and dipping it in ranch or bleu cheese dressing. I found a fix for that. I put hot sauce on my pizza. I also do something after that, which I used to think was gross when I heard people talk about it: I take the hot sauce pizza and dip THAT into ranch or bleu cheese dressing. It’s perfect. Not vegan, but I’m not vegan. 🙂
I also enjoy seasoning my tofu with hot sauce and chili pepper, much like a taco, and while it will never taste like taco filling and will never be the same texture as any sort of recognized taco filling, I get the seasonings I love and top the tofu onto rice and black beans. Sometimes the tofu has curry, sometimes Lawry’s salt. Sometimes I put it in a chef salad with avocado in place of BBQ chicken. It’s EVEN BETTER than BBQ chicken that way.
The hard part is if/when we go out to eat at a restaurant although most seem to be catering more to vegetarians these days. It’s harder when you’re a guest in someone’s home and nearly everything they’re serving is meat or was cooked steeping in meat. Making adjustments and accommodations is necessary, but it’s hard to compromise when it’s for health issues. That’s what I’m slowly coming to terms with. The rare cheat just might not be worth it.
So yeah, vegetarianism is easy when I consider the alternative.
Except when I’m confronted with bacon.
- Crispy Buffalo Tofu (foodiefriendsfridaydailydish.com)