A rocky start to my meatless March

It is March 2nd and my goal for being a public vegetarian has already been shattered. Why? Two words. Carnitas nachos.

Growing up and living in California, Mexican food has played a delicious and prevalent part in my diet. I am obsessed with all things beans, cheese and tortilla. Enchiladas, tacos, burritos, nachos, quesadillas. Give them all to me. Now!

To be clear, the meat in these dishes isn’t the main reason for my love affair with Mexican food. I can happily get down with the vegetarian version of any and all Mexican dishes. You might be asking yourself why carnitas nachos already lead me to failure on my SECOND day of trying not to eat meat out… Well, you see, I can resist the meat but the nachos? the light and crunchy fried tortilla chips smothered with melted cheese and beans? the creamy avocado and flavorful pico de gallo sprinkled on top? I CAN’T SAY NO! With or without a side of animal on top.

So, today, when a friend/co-worker asked if I wanted the rest of her carnitas nachos (key word: NACHOS), I grabbed some of her napkins and didn’t breathe again until all of the ooey gooey goodness was gone. Granted, I probably only ate about 5 chips with meat on them, I still ate meat. I still fail.

Hopefully this is my only slip up for the month week but we’ll see… Did I mention I’m going Nashville in 2 weeks? Is it possible to survive in the south without meat?

#VegOut

♡ Ashley

No More Sausage

It is Trader Joe's Chicken Sausagethe week before the start of my Veg Voyage (starting with public vegetarianism, remember?) and I have one package of Trader Joe’s sausages in the freez
er. This particular sausage isn’t worst on the market, by far. However, I’m not so sure about the quality of the chickens they used to make them and how they were treated (!!!!) so, based on my last post, I won’t be buying them again.

Although I can probably find organic chicken sausages to make at home, I can’t help but wonder about the social impact my new lifestyle will have on my life outside of my house. For example, this past weekend I went to a wedding and ate pork, bacon and steak. And no, I did not check to make sure they were grass fed or organic… I was just there, eating meat and drinking wine, dancing and having a good time.

In perpetration for March, I thought it would be helpful to breakdown the options offered and what I will still be able to eat once I give up meat in the public sector.

For appetizers, I sampled a mini caprese salad on a toothpick (word to the wise, don’t plop the whole thing in your mouth at once… not cute.), seared tuna on crackers, a small potato pancake with a dollop of cream cheese and tiny pulled pork sliders.

Then dinner came which consisted of a nice green salad followed by filet, mashed potatoes and asparagus.

Dessert was made-to-order crepes with Nutella and whip cream.

After some (more) drinks and dancing, there were homemade (!) empanadas that I am assuming had meat, chips and guac.

So? say this wedding was next month. What would I have been able to eat? Being vegetarian the following items would be have still been okay to eat:

  • mini caprese salad
  • small potato pancake with a dollop of cream cheese
  • green salad and whatever the veg option was (I believe it was pasta)
  • crepes with Nutella and whip cream
  • chips and guac

Still plenty of delicious options that I think would/will be totally doable but we’ll see how March goes…

#VegOut

♡ Ashley