Vegetarian: A person who eats only side dishes. ~Gerald Lieberman

Eat Vegetarian For A Month June was a busy month for me with work, school, friends moving, and getting myself ready to move. With everything going on I even had a chance to work on crossing off a handful of things on my Day Zero list, including eating vegetarian for a month. This made my list as it has been something that I have always wanted to try. Growing up on a farm meat was pretty much a staple at every meal. However, after living with a vegetarian for a summer during college (Shout out to Ali, one of the best roommates ever! and one of the best summers ever!) I became really intrigued by vegetarians. When I started I debated whether I wanted to try Pescetarianism which would allow me to eat fish or fully commit to vegetarianism. I finally decided to “go big or go home” and went strictly vegetarian.

The first week was full of the excitement of doing something different and checking out what our schools dining hall had to offer during the summer. Pretty needless to say that there was not a lot of vegetarian options besides mixed vegetables and a salad bar. So that is what I had for lunch pretty much every day and then for dinner I tried some new recipes or old recipes with new twists, like tater tot casserole without the ground beef. In retrospect I should have taken photos of them! Week three was the hardest for me as I really wanted some fish or crab salad (<- this is for you Dana!). At this point I was really wishing I would have gone the Pescetarian route, but I stuck with my original commitment.

I definitely ate more vegetables during June than I have in a while which is a good habit for me to get back into as I have never been much of a fan of cooked vegetables. Unless of course there is ketchup on them. Ya, I know it sounds gross, but cooked vegetables are too! I did eat more cheese than I usually do though as cheese quesadillas, toasted cheese sandwiches, and cheese pizza bagels on English muffins were super easy to make! I also re-discovered Morning Star's Black Bean Burgers, YUM!

Although I do not plan to continue eating vegetarian, I had the opportunity to try some new dishes that I really like. I tried new things in the dining hall as well as from scratch and at a few restaurants that I probably would not have tried otherwise that I will have again. My favorite was bumble bee stew that I had a Cajun restaurant. I would have never in a million years gotten this before, but it was SO good!

Now that my month is over though, bring on the steak! 🙂

Again – no pictures – Sorry Mom!

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