Saturday, July 19, 2008

Vegetarian experiment

We're always up for a challenge in the Fluttering Butterfly house, and here's our latest: to go vegetarian for a couple weeks in a row. Not strictly. We had lamb at my mother in law's house the other day and we threw some leftover bacon into some fried rice at the beginning of the week, but other than that, vegetarians. (the kind that eat dairy products as well as fish) It won't be forever, we both love meat too much to give it up entirely.

We both feel a little bad about the treatment of animals that provide us with meat, but that isn't our sole reason for this meat-free weeks. It's the rising cost of everything lately! Not buying meat is saving us money on our shopping bill, and really, every little bit counts, right?

So let's hear it. What do you think about going vegetarian? Eating meat? The treatment of animals? Any tips and advice for me? Recipes? What are your creative ways to beat the credit crunch?


  1. oooh that's a good question! i love me some meat. we try not to eat too much of the fatty kind, lots of lean ones like chicken and pork, but honestly? it's all expensive! even when we fill up our cart with mostly veggies it's completely out of control!! our food bill was so ridiculous my husband thought i was being frivolous and got mad! but it was ONLY essentials!

    anyway, that's my food bill rant. That being said, my family is native american and have the belief that if we're going to kill and consume animals, then we should not waste any part of it. not that i kill animals myself, but my family does a lot of hunting which would gross out any vegetarian, but they use the whole animal. that being said, i am so concerned about all the hormones and antibiotics in the food supply so i try to get all natural meats and veggies as much as possible. and i make my own babyfood. this turned into a gigantic comment! sorry.

  2. I love this idea, I may follow suit!

    I too lack ideas on recipes though so unless they can be eaten raw, i'm not much help.

    I think this credit crunch has been comming for a long time. I am guilty of spending too much on credit over the last couple of years but I am fortunate enough to have been able to catch up.

    On the other hand though groceries, bills even travel costs are rocketing, it's awful and I am feeling the pinch in those areas of my life :( not good.

    Let us know if you find any nice veggie recipes and how the veggie week goes xx

  3. I don't know if you remember, but in high school I went vegetarian. I stuck with it for about 5 years, only eating chicken occasionally. I would eat a lot of pasta, and one of my fav things was a bagel sandwich with cream cheese, sprouts, and cucomber. Good stuff!

  4. Here is another mom's blog that you might find interesting, she posts recipes and now that she's a mommy, I expect she'll post about feeding her baby as a vegetarian. We met in the Peace Corps, she was a volunteer with her husband.

  5. Hi, Michelle! Eating vegetarian even two or three meals a week has a positive impact on the environment and the lives of the animals. Good for you for making the effort! There are some great vegetarian blogs out there that can give you some great ideas, and had tons of great vegetarian recipes.

    If you want to substitute every now and then, Boca makes some great soy crumbles that can be used in place of ground hamburger. We use it all the time in things like tacos, sloppy joes, etc. Even our meat-eatin friends like them!

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