Tuesday, January 21, 2014

I'm a vegetarian... for three years!

TODAY MARKS THE DAY THAT I HAVE BEEN A VEGETARIAN FOR THREE YEARS. That sentence deserves all caps, I don't even care who says that I go overboard with enthusiasm!

January 21st is the day I gave up meat*. When I say that I quit eating it then, I say that on that day, I had my last piece of meat. It was barbecue chicken from Wendy's and I had no clue that it would be my last meal of meat, because I go big or go home, and I wasn't going to keep up that half-way style of vegetarianism. 

I never really thought I would keep it up, either. I remember someone asking if I was "still doing that no meat thing", as if it were just a phase. WHATEVER. I didn't know that I would stick with it or that it would become such a large part of my life. It's not just my fun fact that I share in uncomfortable large groups of people or my way of being 'cool' or anything. It's just my lifestyle and is a part of who I am and the choices I've made! It makes me happy looking back at the things I've learned about fitness, health, and myself, all because of vegetarianism, and especially through reading and writing blogs. 

I've heard all sorts of things being a vegetarian. I swear, most people don't even remember that I am (I refuse to be someone that shoves it down your throat at all times), but people never stop asking questions or making dumb comments about it. "Where do you get your protein?" "We were made for meat" "This is so bad for you" "Don't you just miss Chik-Fil-A?" "I could and would never do that" "You are such a white girl" All I know is that this is my choice and I'm so proud of the way I've come. This is my favorite post that I've written about being a veg-head, but here's the tag for all of my posts relating to vegetarianism! Whether it be how to eat better at restaurants or the infamous Monogram Meredith Avocado Week, it's all there!

So, in honor of today being my three year anniversary of the meat-free lifestyle (that I highly recommend), here is my roundup of vegetarian meals from the past month. So yummy!
























This is actually from Saul Good. On snow days, food is half priced there, so I ended up getting the whole pizza and eating it for three different meals at home! I'm obsessed with barbecue pizza and this went over the bar for a good barbecue pizza. Cilantro, feta cheese, onions, barbecue sauce, and I'm all in.
























This is a variation of almost every meal I eat. I mean, it's the perfect combo. I've become obsessed with using English muffins for everything (question- what do they call them in England?!) and this is no different. I used pesto, cheese (currently on a mozzarella phase), and tomato on this, but I also switch between avocado, hummus, arugula, spinach, cucumbers, and use regular wheat bread and pita pocket thins for the bread. When this is more of a main meal, I have no problem with using real cheese and consuming calories from wheat bread. 


























Pasta is my best friend. When I die, please just put me in an Italian restaurant and let me eat whatever I want, because my heaven IS an Italian restaurant. This was my chicken tetrazzini sans the chicken that I looooved. All other forms of pasta are great, though, with classic fettuccine alfredo topping my list.



This is my #brunch pic. I had never been to First Watch, but my family went one snow day and I was in love. I had their Key West Crepeggs with eggs, turkey, avocado, bacon, tomatoes and Monterey Jack and it was so good. It came with an English muffin, fruit, and a side of potatoes that I ultimately traded with my brother for some tomato soup. Honestly one of the best meals. 


This meal will ALWAYS win in my book. The Scroggin family are Jimmy Johns regulars and my order is easy: a #6, sometimes on wheat. My mom loves the vegetarian sandwich there, even though she's not a vegetarian. It's full of provolone, avocado, cucumber, tomato, mayo, and shredded lettuce. Though it may be a little heavier than most meals, I like to save the other half of my sandwich for my lunch the next day. 

I've said it before and I'll say it again: I love Qdoba. I recently tried the burrito bowl from Chipotle and may be converted, but for now, Qdoba still holds the spot for #1 Mexican fast food bar in my heart. I love the naked burrito or the craft 2 with the quesadilla and Mexican gumbo. Mexican food is another great place because you can get so many nutrients out of it without the meat.

I'm a big egg fan. Weird, I know, but I love scrambled eggs and quiches. This is a quiche with spinach, cheese, and tomato.

Again with the love of eggs-- an omelet with cheese and spinach.

I love being a vegetarian a lot. I love spreading the vegetarian love and showing that it's surprisingly not as hard as you'd think (After a few months, you do not crave it. At all.)! If you have any questions about eating less meat or no meat, or anything about it, let me know! I love talking to people about it :)

xoxo,
Meredith

*January 21st is also Caroline's birthday...

Y'all, I know I do birthdays a lot on here, but come on, I'm a millennial and can't help exploiting social media to share someone's birthday love. Today is one of my best friend's, Caroline's, birthday! She's been with me forever and ever and is a Sister in Christ that I know will always be there for me.

I'm on the top, far right, and she's right below me, sporting some big white hair bows



she's also a part of the fab spring break '14 crew and a sister wife :)

Happy birthday, Caroline!

6 comments:

  1. I'm not a vegetarian, but I'm not a huge meat fan. Thanks for sharing your meals - it will give me ideas!

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    1. Thanks Becky! The great thing about lots of these is that they're so versatile and can be changed up to prevent boredom! :)
      xoxo,
      Meredith

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  2. I hit my three year mark in March! I love your comment about stupid questions and I completely sympathisize with people thinking it's just a phase. My friends give me the hardest time about it and my immediate family. I don't know if this is true for you but I had always considered myself an adventurous eater but once I became a vegetarian I realized that I was really missing out on a lot of really great food. Congratulations, something to be proud of! This post made me very happy to read.
    With Love, Madylin @ smilesnmiles.com
    (p.s if Heaven is an all you can eat pasta bar - I would so be there)

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    1. Ahh yes, I totally agree with the adventurous eating! I think it was so easy to ignore different foods when I ate meat, but I love trying new things so much more now. It also really made me enjoy making food for myself and others as well! Thank you so much for your kind words! And huge congrats to you!!! I love hearing from and talking to other vegetarians :)
      xoxo,
      Meredith

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  3. Congratulations Meredith! I rarely eat meat so I think about making the jump to becoming a vegetarian a lot!
    (and we call them English Muffins in England too!)
    xo Amy | amyvnorris.com

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    1. It was well worth it to cut it out completely, good luck!!! And ahaha that's too great, my family was having a heated discussion over it!

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