Guest Post By Linda G Hatton of Mouse Tales Press
Have you become a lazy vegetarian? No, I am not referring to the non-exercising variety. I am referring to the food-preparation type. You know what I mean – pushing aside the veggies in your fridge for the convenience of veggie meats?
First let me tell you a little about myself. I started on the road to vegetarianism by giving up beef 26 years ago. Shortly thereafter, I gave up pork, chicken, and fish. Eventually I moved on to become vegan and then raw, which initially lasted about six months. My diet has been through ups and downs, taking certain foods out and replacing with them other items as necessary. I no longer follow a strict raw diet, although much of my diet incorporates raw foods into it.
Changes in Vegetarian Options Over the Years
Several years ago, I was having some health problems that I thought might be related to my soy intake. When I became vegetarian so many years ago, options for meat replacements were few, so I didn’t have to worry back then about overdoing it. The modern world has created a vegetarian’s dream of offerings at the supermarket: soy burgers, bacon, sausage, ribs, chicken and whatever other meat replacement you can think of. (And boy, are they yummy; so good that most of my meat-eating friends enjoy them from time-to-time.)
Like many good things, there is a down side. First touted as a healthy addition to the diet, soy may cause some sensitivity in some people when indulged in too often. According to WebMd, soy intake is safe in most cases, however, in some people it may cause certain health issues such as interfering with the way “children with cystic fibrosis process protein” or “…soy products might increase the risk of kidney stones because they contain large amounts of a group of chemicals called oxalates.”
My Eating Habits Changed, Too
Over the years, along with my variation in eating habits, I have followed a variety of cleanses, such as The Master Cleanse. Most recently, I was inspired to give the vegetarian version of the 7-Day General Motors Diet a try. During the course of this week-long diet, an assortment of fruits and vegetables are consumed. On day one, the dieter will eat all fruits except bananas. Day two offers a baked potato in the morning and only vegetables for the remainder of the day. By day six, the diet is back to vegetables along with brown rice (in limited quantities). This diet not only presents an opportunity to shed a few pounds (up to 10), but also the chance for detoxification.
I have to admit that by day seven, I was ready to rip open a box of veggie burgers and dig in. Since I had gotten that far though, I decided that creating an amazing vegetable dinner would help me find some self-restraint to make it through my last night. I wasn’t going to allow myself the convenience of the . . . *drool* . . . veggie burger.
I took a variety of fresh veggies: tomatillos, tomatoes, green and red peppers, jalapeno, onion, cilantro, lime juice, avocado, minced garlic, fresh beets, and lettuce straight from my garden and created a feast. Okay, another confession. I added one corn tortilla to make the meal. Really though, it was so easy, I wondered why I even considered giving in to the vegetarian version of “fast food,” a.k.a. soy products.
Recipe: Roasted Beet Fajitas
- For Roasted Beets
- 3 fresh beets
For Homemade Salsa
- 4 tomatillos
- a handful of cilantro
- 2 tomatoes
- 1 small jalapeno
- one teaspoon of minced garlic
- dash of lime juice
- dash of salt and pepper to taste
For Homemade Guacamole
- 1 avocado
- 3 teaspoons chopped cilantro
- dash of lime juice
- salt and pepper to taste
For Fajita Stir-Fry Vegetables
- 1 green bell-pepper
- 1 red bell-pepper
- 1 onion
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- Organic corn or flour tortillas, warmed
- Beets: Chop leaves off leaving one inch of stem on tops. Leave the skin and roots on.
- Wrap beets in foil and bake in a 400 degree oven until soft, about 50 minutes. Peel and slice.
- While the beets are cooking, make the other components of the meal. Homemade Salsa: Chop all ingredients and mix well. Chill.
- Homemade Guacamole: Mush it all together! Chill.
- Fajita Stir-fry: Slice vegetables. Cover the bottom of the frying pan with oil and heat. Place sliced onion in pan in single layer and sprinkle with salt. Cook until slightly browned and then turn the onions. Add peppers and cook all vegetables until browned.
- Assembly: Place one corn tortilla on plate and cover with a portion of the fajita vegetables, salsa, guacamole, lettuce, and sliced beets.
Take pleasure in the amazing mixture of fresh vegetables. And relish in the delight of eating simply homemade!
Linda G. Hatton
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Linda G. Hatton is the creator and managing editor of Mouse Tales Press, a monthly online publication for poetry and short stories.When Linda isn’t busy playing mom, she writes, reads through poetry and fiction submissions, creates handmade chapbooks (and other crafts), spends hours enjoying the tedious job of web coding, and feeds her love of vegetarian and raw foods by trying new recipes. She is currently in final re-writes for her cozy mystery, Do Not Disturb, as well as having numerous other writing projects on her plate.
Visit Linda at her blog, the whatnot shop, where she writes poetry and interprets “signs in the storefront of life” and at her writer blog, Linda G Hatton. Follow Linda on Twitter @MouseTalesPress and on Facebook, too!
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