Don’t panic.

You know that friend everyone has, the one who’s known for a deep, abiding love of bacon? That friend who, whenever you find a great website or page related to bacon or pork, you immediately post that link to his or her wall? Well, that’s me. I’m a pork-lover extraordinaire; my friends direct all things bacon-related my way, I make a chili with 3 different varieties of pork (and a ham hock), and I keep a jar of bacon fat in my fridge. Which brings me to the point of this post (and the reason for the title up there): I, Jodie Putrino, am learning to cook vegetarian.

Before things get all crazy in here, let me be clear – I love meat. I have no intention of ceasing my meat intake completely. But, for various reasons, Dan and I are trying to live a more meatless lifestyle. Why post about this, you ask? Well, to be perfectly honest, I’m telling you all about this in the hopes that it will help me stay motivated and focused on my goal.

To get things started, here’s this week’s menu:

Eggplant Lasagna

Tortellini with Roma tomatoes, white beans, and spinach

Quinoa with tempeh & baby portobellas (based on this recipe for tempeh fried rice)

The ubiquitous tofu stir-fry (starting with Bittman’s recipe from How to Cook Everything Vegetarian for this one)

I’ve also got a nice, homey ‘shells’ & cheese in mind (possibly with spinach) and have been dying to make some hummus and falafel. Dan’s been singing the praises lately of an eggplant/hard-boiled egg/hummus sandwich (which is apparently called ‘sabich‘) he found near his office and I really want to make them for us at home!

So now you all know. And hopefully, provided I’m motivated enough to take pictures, you’ll get to share in the journey. Wish me luck! I’m going to need it.

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2 responses to “Don’t panic.

  1. toast then grind cumin seeds for yummy hummus. and god speed, my pork loving friend.

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