Being a ‘kind of vegetarian’ is my new thing.
I love a good butter chicken as much as the next girl. But I also love the idea of being a real life member of The Planeteers. Eating a bit less meat is a great way to reduce your carbon footprint, save a few piglets and help the planet not be consumed by the enormous amount of shit we suffocate it with.
Here are my top three reasons to eat a little less meat.
Fresh veggies, canned beans & grains are generally cheaper than meat. I bought a can of black beans from Aldi last week for 80 cents. 80 cents! Here in Brisbane there’s plenty of Indian, Asia & Pacific grocery stores. I’ve found those shops to be much better value for money for things like lentils, grains, beans & legumes when compared to Woolies or Coles. (Most importantly, this means money for wine!)
Some people report feeling better when they start eating less meat. Those feeling seem to be along the lines of more energy, less lethargy, more ‘get up and go’ etc. If doing something makes you feel better and gives you a pep in your step, I’m all for it! (Provided that thing isn’t snorting crack or robbing little old ladies.) Please note, I'm not saying going kinda veggo will cure baldness or give you whiter teeth, this one is more about anecdotal evidence rather than cold hard facts.
Expand Your Kitchen Mindset
Stuck in a rut with your cooking? Removing or reducing meat from your meals will encourage you to broaden your cooking skills and look to new foods for nourishment. A quick google of '10 vegetarian dinners' will give you a good place to start!
You get to be a grown-up version of your favourite Planeteer. Cause you’re protecting the environment and cows ‘n shit. I always wanted to be Kwame – what about you?
Now, you might be thinking ‘But Sally, what about the protein!?’ When I started reducing meatI was hit with:
‘But Sally what about your protein?’
‘Where’s your protein, Sally?’
‘You’re gonna lose muscle Sally!’
‘You’re going to burst into flames when you step into the sun, Sally!’
For the love of protein, everyone calm down!
If you live in a developed country it’s pretty hard to become protein deficient. When was the last time someone told you they caught a cold due to a protein deficiency?
Nevertheless, to quell your fears, I have for you five tasty, protein-rich vegetarian foods:
I’ll admit tofu kinda sucks, but you don’t have to eat it. Just pick the ones you like and replace one or two meals each week with a vegetarian protein rich food source.
Your takeaway message today is:
If you like living on this pretty green earth, want to expand your intake of nourishing foods or think lil’ piglets should get a break, become a kinda vegetarian too!