A New Direction

Today was glorious! First, Micah and I got up early (after I spent a VERY late night frosting some red velvet cupcakes for our families…). We enjoyed a relaxed morning. Usually, I like to make a special breakfast on holidays, but I didn’t this morning. Cereal it was….I must say that I love Kashi GOLEAN Crunch Honey Almond Flax!!! We attended the early service, and I must say it was pretty amazing. I had been getting rather frustrated with the commercialism of Easter this year…Easter eggs, egg hunts, bunnies, candy are all great, but people need to know the real meaning of Easter and the HOPE we have in Jesus Christ! My sister and I were discussing this today, and it is so true. Without the cross, we are completely separated by a completely perfect God. Easter is my favorite week of the Christian year. It is so powerful, and I take extra time to reflect on my own faith during the holy week.

We got back from church and things got a little crazy. We ended up selling a car to a high school student today, and we visited both Micah’s family and headed to my parents a little later in the afternoon. This was the last time we are with our extended families (most likely) before we move to Ames. …And now we are home sweet home! I even did a little housework this evening. It will be a busy week.

On to the news….
Yes, I’m deciding to go vegetarian. I’ve been thinking about this for quite a while now, and to be honest, it’s not going to be too different from the way that I have been cooking. The main reason I am doing this is for my own health:

1. My doctor has recommended it – I will have a lower chance of any cancer recurrence with this diet (according to some research his team and others have done).
2. There are many benefits of a vegetarian diet – You can read more here.

With this said, I am in NO WAY trying to force this view on anyone else. I have no problems with people eating meat, but I do think it’s extremely important to make sure that all of our meat comes from sustainable places (Food Inc., changed my food-life!). Micah is not becoming a vegetarian either. As a result of this, I will be focusing this blog more on how I cook meals that meet both of our needs. I’m remaining optimistic about this decision, but Micah does have his doubts. 🙂 I’ll still have recipes that include meat (as a separate/optional component), but for the most part the recipes will remain vegetarian. The way I have always cooked is that veggies are the base and I build the meal around them.

And so starts this new direction for the blog and a new experience of my food life! Feel free to ask questions…..I’ve gotten quite a few already!


3 responses to “A New Direction

  1. You can do it! If you need any recipe ideas I can give you my mom’s number. My dad and her have switched to a modified Vegetarian diet for his health in the past year and she has accumulated a wide variety of substitutions as well as recipes from her friends in the Seventh Day Adventist Church.

  2. jane schmidgall

    Will be interesting to follow your posts and recipes! Go for it girl!

  3. I used to own a cook book called “Almost Vegetarian.” It included recipes with ideas for ways to include or leave out meat. I rarely cook anymore, because Eric does most of the cooking, so I got rid of it, but I remember that the recipes were really good. You might look for it (or something similar) at the library.

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