Friday, July 18, 2014
Vegetarian Propaganda Backfires
Our local library offered a free vegetarian cooking demonstration – which means watch us cook and get a free meal.
My husband, the alien, and I went. It was a sales pitch and we came home with the “wrong message.”
The cooking lesson was a chance to show a captive audience photos of captive animals. Our saleswoman kept asking – if you had a choice, would you rather be kind to animals or cruel to them? She said that this is one thing most Americans can agree on – they’d rather be kind to animals.
Her answer was to become not just vegetarian, but vegan. She won’t even eat honey.
The dish of the evening was gumbo made with vegan imitation sausage and vegan imitation fish. It was okay. I was surprised that these vegan purists cooked with white flour. Why not whole wheat? The main thing I learned was that gumbo file is really ground sassafras.
I also learned that Whole Foods has a meatless Monday program. For $8 you can put as much food as you can fit on a plate and take it home. This Monday they had a delicious chili made with ground mushrooms instead of meat. They had dolmathes and several delicious salads and a fake chicken that wasn’t half bad. I managed to put enough food on that plate for the two of us and have leftovers for a 2nd meal.
By the time we ate, we’d seen so many photos of cooped up animals, I knew I never wanted to eat such miserable creatures. They must be full of adrenaline. But I was not convinced to become a vegan or a vegetarian. Instead, I decided it was worth the extra money to get free range eggs and free range meat and chicken.
Yes, this will mean eating meat less often, but we eat beans and grains anyway. And meat can be spread out with more veggies to make more meals.
Those imitation meat products don’t taste as good as the real thing and they cost more. So, compared to that kind of a vegan diet, I’m saving money.
I’ll be putting ground walnuts in my next lasagne. Nobody will know the difference.