Two lessons in meat avoidance

Last time we went “semi” it was a doddle, as semi-Vegetarians whenever we were stuck we’d use cheese or eggs, but if we’re serious about the environmental and justice implications of our eating semi-Vegetarian does not cut the mustard, only Vegan or semi-Vegan seems to work. Egg and dairy meals seem to need nearly as much of the earth’s resources as meat. That’s why (at least for me, when other bloggers start to post their position is up to them) I am counting servings of meat, dairy and eggs.

Our meals at the weekend offer two lessons for us repentant carnivores (or even just possibly thinking about it RCs). Saturday’s lesson is a goodie 🙂  Sunday’s a bummer 🙁

On Saturday for lunch, we had family round, so I tried repentant roast veges and roast potatoes. By “repentant roast veges” I mean that to make the shock smaller for the others (all full-blooded carnivores) I added a little parmesan cheese to the veges just before serving. Only about one serving of cheese between the four of us, but enough to add a meaty edge to the veg 🙂

Then in the evening, we had mushrooms with buckwheat, and again I added less than 1/2 a portion of cheese between the two of us.

Result two meals a carnivore will hardly notice as they taste meaty, but less than one portion of animal products per person for the day. That’s what being a  repentant carnivore is all about 🙂  Not becoming doctrinaire Vegans or even sectarian Vegetarians, but using a sustainable “fair” share of resources.

Not khyber Spice Invader's samosas, rather they are by Benimoto, but they look good 🙂

Sunday lunch though was different, a pot-luck at church. Our offering (I was preaching at Royal Oak, so didn’t have time to cook) was some delicious and either Vegan or Vegetarian Samosas (depending if Khyber Spice Invader’s supplier used real or vegetable ghee). But church pot-lucks are not good places to try to eat even semi-Vegan, chicken and cheese and meat everywhere. The visiting Muslim did better, as only the Cheerios had pork, and I at least am not at all tempted by Cheerios 😉

5 thoughts on “Two lessons in meat avoidance”

  1. Yes, sorry, I forgot they have a cereal called Cheerios in the US. Not many breakfast cereals with pork, though I am sorprised no one has produced Bacon and Egg flavoured cereal 😉

    For breakfast most days we/I enjoy oatmeal with fruit and nuts, much healthier and tastier than packet varieties, and usually cheaper too 🙂

  2. Just a word of caution – if you are serious about being mainly vegan, you need to be careful to get adequate protein both in quantity and essential amino acid profiel. Although you only need about .8 g protein/kg bodyweight – unless you’re very physically active, still growing, pregnant or lactating (this is actual protein, not just protein-containing food: 100g lean meat contains about 30 g protein), it needs to contain the full range of essential amino acids in the correct proportions or you can still get sick. All vegetable proteins (except maybe tofu – I can’t remember if it’s an exception and feel disinclined to go hunting right now) have poorly balanced essential amino acids for human beings, so you need to make sure that if you are not adding animal sources of protein you get both beans/lentils/pulses *and* grains (which complement eachother because they have different proportions of essential amino acids) *at the same meal*. So, peanut butter sandwiches is a good example of a quick vegan food with a well-balanced EAA profile; the lentil spaghetti sauce recipe I posted is an example of slow-cooked food.

  3. Good advice for Vegans and probably for expectant and feeding RCs, I’d add that mushrooms are also good and more complete sources of protein, nuts also. Generally a mix of vegetable proteins is better than one sort alone. The great (if now old) Bean book Judy recommends in the recipe competition I think has details… but I’ll make that a post 🙂

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