January 4th, 2012

Vegetarian Week, Part 1

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So this is it, I’m actually going to do this. Vegetarian week shouldn’t be too hard. I love eating meat, but it’s never been something I’ve craved. The boyfriend is happy to participate this week, but he has already signed up for red cross relief for vegan and raw weeks. Here’s how my first few days have gone:

Monday

Lunch – at Chipotle I would normally order a chicken fajita bowl. Chipotle’s chicken is hormone-free, and about as ethical as it gets at a fast food restaurant. But alas, I am stuck with the vegetarian burrito bowl. I get it with lots of beans, some sour cream, and cheese, all to add the protein I’m losing by not ordering chicken. I don’t really notice that the chicken is gone; the beans replace the meaty texture and flavor really well. I’m loading up on dairy products now that I won’t be able to have next week. That may be the hardest part.

Dinner – Garlic bread with olive oil and balsamic vinegar, roasted peppers and mozzarella, and baked pesto Alfredo pasta. Okay, I’m definitely loading up on dairy, but I think this can also be attributed to my need for protein, which dairy products are a great source of.

Tuesday

Breakfast – Green smoothie with spinach, a banana, Greek yogurt (protein!), and flax seed. Delicious (seriously, you don’t taste the spinach).

Lunch – Leftover spaghetti with my secret awesome sauce – it has shredded carrots in it for extra veggie consumption.

Post-work Snack – Avocado and corn salad, sprinkled with lemon juice and a little sea salt. so good.

Dinner – Cheesy Orzo (18 grams of protein from the cheese, 6 from the pasta)

After the first few days, I’m feeling good. No meat cravings so far. I think I need to focus a little more on vegetables, and a little less on carbs, but overall I’m getting my protein in, which is really what counts.

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