195. Eating Animal-less

First of all,if you missed it, check out my half marathon guest post over on Laura’s blog.

It’s only been a few days since I decided to stop eating animals, but I’ve already made a few interesting observations.

One of the things Foer talks about in his book is how eating animals is associated with family and stories and tradition.  This is definitely something I experienced over the weekend.  I should note I am still eating some meat.  I’m not going to throw out the meat I’ve already purchased.  Also, I didn’t give my family any warning before heading to Michigan this weekend so I went ahead and ate the meat that was made for dinner rather than making an entirely separate meal for myself.  Kitchen time/ space is a sparse in Michigan.

This is where I ran into the idea of eating animals socially.  At breakfast, it was really easy for my to skip the meats (bacon, sausage, ham).  I didn’t find myself missing it either.  Dinner on Saturday night when we had ribs was a different story.  Yes, I ate the ribs.  As I ate I thought a lot about Foer’s ideas.  Was it the ribs I was really enjoying or the family time and memories attached to them?  Could I see myself not eating those ribs?  If I wasn’t eating them would I miss it?  I’m guessing I could marinate some tofu in my dad’s BBQ sauce mixture, grill it, and have the same satisfaction.  I would still enjoy family time, and I can just as easily crate new memories.

It really does make me think about how much I enjoy eating animals versus how much I enjoy the associations eating animals have.

I’m heading to meet some friends at Tilted Kilt, and since vegetarian options are pretty much non-existent on that menu, I made some dinner before had.  In the spirit of not eating animals, I present to you…

vegetarian cheeseburger pizza

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Ingredients:
Trader Joe’s Whole Wheat pizza dough
Trader Joe’s organic ketchup
Mustard
Garlic powder
Morning Star crumbles
Trader Joe’s smoked cheese blend
Onion, chopped

(You can add any other cheeseburger toppings as you’d like :))

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Directions

1. To make sauce combine ketchup and mustard at a 2 to 1 ratio and season with garlic powder (I used 1/4 c. ketchup and 2 T mustard.)
2.  Roll out dough and top with sauce, soy crumbles, chopped onion,and cheese.
3. Bake at 350 * for10 – 12 minutes.

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Enjoy!

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