How was Thanksgiving?
It was the same as any other Thanksgiving — I didn't eat any turkey, and still managed to stuff my face enough to not be hungry for the next 24 hours. Green bean casserole, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, marshmallow salad, mac and cheese. Veggie plates and Chex mix and chocolate-dipped pretzels. Pecan cheesecake, s'mores bars, pineapple upside-down cake, repeat ad nauseum. SO MUCH FOOD. SO GOOD. And then we went to my grandparents' and they made shrimp remoulade, which was also amazing. We ate it on buns with homemade coleslaw.
Matt's aunt made this cute turkey crudité tray.
I think becoming a vegetarian has broken me. Because Matt made nachos and I intentionally ate all the chips with cheese on them before he could. And then we went to a party and I kept eating cubes of colby jack and provolone. What is wrong with me?!
• Homemade Pizza (again) — We had homemade pizza for dinner at Matt's parents' house the night before Thanksgiving, and I was inspired to make my own again. This crust recipe is different than the last one I posted, and is WAY faster too. Like, only five minutes of rise time instead of 12 hours. I used regular all-purpose flour instead of wheat flour (since that was all I had), and loaded the pie up with mozzarella, basil leaves, tomato slices and bell peppers. It was delicious.I tried a lot of new recipes this month, but most of them weren't must-share-it-now amazing. (Some were downright terrible.) I tried barley for the first time, and shittake mushrooms too. I had really awful tofu at a pho restaurant (the one that is NOT Pho John's) that was still cold in the middle and stale and completely unseasoned, and that was disappointing because I know tofu can be really good!
• Mustard Vinaigrette Potato Salad — I doubled this recipe for a potluck party, and I got lots of compliments on it. I was also pleased that there was still some leftover at the end of the party, and I may or may not have eaten some off the serving spoon in the car on the way home.
• Balsalmic Brussels Sprouts — Oh yeah, I'm that nerd that brought brussels sprouts to a Christmas party. I wanted to bring a veggie since the host was making lasagna, and I had several people tell me how much they love brussels sprouts. I'm glad that childhood aversions don't always stick around forever, because this was really good.
Do I miss meat?
The only time I kind of craved meat was the morning after Thanksgiving. I'd been snacking on dessert foods all evening the day before, and my in-laws served an egg and sausage casserole for breakfast, alongside fruit and yogurt and some of the leftover desserts. And egg and sausage sounded delicious, because I was a bit sugared out and really craved something hearty and savory. But I'm good now.
How am I feeling?
Thanksgiving was not that good to my tummy. I did feel kind of off for a week or so afterwards, but I'm back to feeling mostly good again. I blame all the sugar. I ate a LOT of desserts. And even after we got home, I brought back some pineapple upside-down cake, and then we bought a half-gallon of Bluebell, and we have a chocolate advent calendar, and it's been sugar central over here. It'll be 1000% better once the food holidays are over!
How is Matt taking it?
He still takes every opportunity to eat beef whenever we go anywhere, but he has never once complained that I haven't cooked meat since September. Also, he requested tacos again for dinner this week, so I bought ground beef for him to cook for himself. (I'll be putting refried beans and Spanish rice on mine.)
Do I think I'll continue being a vegetarian/pescatarian now that three months are over?
Yes. I'm not opposed to eating meat in the future if I decide that's what I want, but for now, I don't miss it, and I don't want it. I feel good, I'm eating tasty things, and it's forcing me to try new foods, of which I'm a fan. I can't complain.
Would you ever consider going vegetarian? (I hope this series was useful for you!)