Today is not only my birthday, it is also my vegetarianversy! I realize it’s kind of weird to celebrate a style of eating, but the last year has been so yummy, and I’ve learned so much. Here’s why I went vegetarian. The Husband’s vegetarianversy is in a few weeks!
In the last year, I’ve discovered that you don’t miss meat (often) if you get a little creative in the kitchen. Eating out isn’t so hard, as long as you plan ahead. And I LOVE VEGETABLES! Never thought I would say that, but I do. And you know what else? It’s possible to be a No Meat Athlete! 🙂 I’ve run further, biked longer, and shaped up like never before as a vegetarian. Veggie power…. What’s not to celebrate!
In honor of this special anniversary, I had an amazing vegetarian dinner! The Husband and I made Vegetarian Sloppy Joes.
Vegetarian Sloppy Joes
Ingredients (for 2 burgers):
- 1/2 cup organic ketchup
- 1/4 cup organic yellow mustard
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 1 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
- Sprinkle of cinnamon, chili powder, and pepper
- 2/3 packet of organic tempeh, chopped and crumbled
- Spinach for garnish
- Bun of English Muffin
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Combine first 6 ingredients in a small pot on the stovetop.
- Turn on low and heat for five minutes, until it starts to bubble. Stir thoroughly!
- Add in crumbled tempeh and stir.
- Pour into oven-safe casserole dish and place in oven.
- Cook at 350 for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Spoon onto bun and top with spinach.
To be honest, I don’t remember what Sloppy Joes taste like, but this was AMAZING. :) The Husband really liked it, too!
In addition to the sammies, we had roasted veg and a salad:
For dessert, I had three of the baked wonton cookies:
I skipped the brown sugar garnish on these cookies, and it tasted just as good! I also added shredded coconut to the almond butter + banana stuffing. HOLY YUM.
Earlier, the Husband and I split this cheese, cracker, and apple dish while we watched TV. I had about 6 crackers and cheese and 1/2 the apple.
How am I spending the rest of my evening? Reading a new book, of course!
I finally picked up Eating Animals, the New York Times Bestseller about vegetarianism. Pretty appropriate book for today, don’t you think?
It’s funny – I see books in a totally different way now that I’m an author (haha, that made me giggle to type out). I look at the cover differently, read the dedication in a new light, and study the endorsements on the back of the jacket. A lot of work goes into a book, by the author, publisher, agent, designers, publicists… plus, probably a ton of other people that I don’t even know about yet! Yay, books!
Thank you again for all the sweet birthday wishes! You made my day feel so special. 🙂 🙂 🙂