If you’ve known me for awhile, you know that last year when my husband had a bad Big Mac and decided to become a vegetarian, I was not a happy camper. It’s not that I don’t appreciate vegetables. In fact, in various life phases, I have also dabbled in the world of meat-free eating. My issue was that I appreciate all of the food groups and can’t envision a happy world without Mac’s Speedshop BBQ, Chick-fil-A, or a big bowl of chili on game day.
Now, over one year later, we have come to a happy understanding in our house. We appreciate animals and don’t want them to suffer unduly for our eating pleasure, eating healthy meals is important to us, and we love trying new things including different grains and veggies. We are flexitarians.
The flexitarian philosophy is this: make one day a vegetarian day. If that works for you and seems easy enough, add additional days. In our house, we eat meat about once a week. We still eat fish and have incorporated lots of legumes and grains into our diet. It’s been fun to experiment with different recipes. Some times things work, sometimes they don’t. We won’t be making the wheatberry dish again.