Vegetarianism: the anti-carcass choice plus vegetarian black bean soup recipe

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Here's a question I get asked a lot: "Why are you vegetarian?" I've been a vegetarian for the past 13 years. It's something so ingrained in me, I rarely even think about it. On reflection, I would say it is a humanitarian choice (if I can use that word to extend to animals & not just humans). Basically, I love animals - ALL of them - far too much to eat ANY of them.

That's my more mature answer, by the way. If asked that question when I was fourteen, I would have just told you meat is gross. At first, my parents thought "going veg" was just a teenage phase. They wanted me to continue to eat meat. I remember cramming it in napkins to later flush down the toilet & once I even threw a sausage patty out the window of our car on the expressway. In their defense, my first attempt at vegetarianism was to cut out all the meat & just eat items such as spaghetti & candy bars. I am thankful I learned how to eat the right way. (By the way, my parents more than accept my choice now.)

The other question vegetarians are often asked is: "What do you eat?!" A lot of times, people seem incredulous. It is as if no meat equals starvation. It's easy for me now, but for anyone starting out, it just takes a little creativity & inspiration (veg cookbooks!).

Here is one example of what I eat.

Vegetarian Black Bean Soup:

  • four cups water + one vegetarian bouillon cube
  • one onion, diced
  • two carrots, chopped
  • four celery stalks, chopped
  • five garlic cloves, diced
  • one can chopped tomatoes
  • one can corn
  • two cups dry black beans (boiled for one hour)
  • two teaspoons cumin
  • one teaspoon chili powder
  • salt & pepper to taste

I put all the ingredients in a slow cooker on high over night & topped it with fresh cilantro. This is the recipe I adapted. I think the soup turned out really good.

So, what about you? If you're a vegetarian, why? If not... what do you think about the concept? (Feel free to say anything; I've heard it all before!) *Disclaimer! I am totally okay with anyone else's choice to eat meat. Especially meat from humane sources: Organic, free range, etc. Do what's right for you.*

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