Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Kitchen: Going Meatless?

After watching our latest "cerebral documentary" on netflix, Forks over Knives, I decided to try a meatless dinner.  I'll try to review the documentary soon, but the general flavor is to incorporate more vegetable protein in your diet than animal protein.  Don't get me wrong, I am a steak-loving Texan through and through-- but I don't think that every single meal we eat has to have meat in it. 

My husband, however, differs in opinion.  This brings me to last night's dinner....  I cooked some whole grain brown rice with my homemade chicken stock, sauteed lots of onions and bell peppers (with a hint of coconut oil-- which smelled heavenly!), heated a can of organic black beans, and mixed a large avocado with the juice from a fresh lime.  Throw this in a bowl with a sprinkle of cheese, and voila meatless burrito bowls!

Our girls loved them and ate a huge dinner-- even asking for seconds!

I didn't tell Dave we were going meatless, and halfway through dinner this was our conversation:

      Dave: "I see you are implementing our latest documentary." 
      Me: "Yes, isn't it delicious?  I can taste the hint of lime and coconut oil.  Mmmm."
      Dave: "It is good.  I just keep thinking how it would be really good with some chicken or steak."

So dear readers, I am not yet sure if our family will be going meatless a couple nights a week. 

What do you think?  Does it still seem like a meal to you if you didn't have meat?  What is your favorite vegetarian meal?


  1. Our house underwent a meatless revolution about 11 months, as per Jason request. Going meatless several nights a week or only eating meat after 5pm (it's a long story). And the comment at our house after reading your latest post:

    Jason: "I'm going to have to give that guy a call."

    Our favorite meal: Quinoa stuffed peppers. YUM!

    Cut peppers in half. Place cut side down in a baking dish filled 1/4inch with water and bake for 15min at 350º. (Handy as this is how long it takes the Quinoa to cook. Makes for a quick meal.) Meanwhile saute shredded carrots with olive oil, salt, pepper, and cumin. Mix in black beans, diced tomatoes (canned or fresh, depending on what I have), chopped peppers, corn, and anything else really (nice way to use up veggies before they go bad). Mixed with Quinoa and cheese. Stuff cooked peppers and sprinkle a little more cheese on top and put back in oven until cheese is melted. Serve with salad or steamed zucchini. ENJOY!

  2. Your tacos sound delicious by the way.

  3. Tht Gberts love BFD (breakfast for dinner) - eggs, potatoes, tomatoes, and jalapenos. And, thai veggie night - rice noodles, zucchini, squash, ginger, lite coconut milk, curry. It's so flavorful that you won't miss the meat (Dave might, though!).