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Take The Compassionate Meal Challenge

December 27, 2016 1 Comment

I am excited about this excellent promotion to share compassionate meals. The idea of going vegan has spread like wildfire for many good reasons.  I agree with all the reasons, including the animal cruelty problem, but I still eat some dairy and eggs.  Many folks are trying it for weight loss and finding it to be effective for that purpose.  Once they embark on a meatless diet they feel lighter and usually are cured of a few chronic healthy issues.

I personally know how very unpopular it is to tell other people what to eat.  Nobody wants to hear someone else control their diet unless they have paid a nutritionalist to do so.  It is my opinion that the best way to convert the meat eaters to my way of thinking is to introduce them to foods that are delicious and easy to prepare. If they like the way it tastes they will be motivated to make it and eat it frequently.  If it does not suit their tastebuds it will be difficult to stay on any prescribed eating regime.  I never try to change anyone’s food choices, but do work on expanding them.  I relate because when I became a vegetarian at the age of 19 my own diet was “American teen” minus the meat.  I ate fries, potato chips, Dr Pepper, biscuits, bread, hush puppies, and a few vegetables. I did like spinach, but my palette was very immature and limited. It was a nutritional nightmare, but I learned to prepare a wider variety of dishes, and my horizons expanded.  I think we can all benefit from learning to make healthy foods, and try new ones available on the market. I like ethnic restaurants a lot for this purpose.  If I find something good I knock it off at home.

I like this challenge out of all the bazillion challenges being thrown down at the end of the year because it is about sharing.  The sharing is intended to convert, but it starts as sharing.  When I invite friends out to eat I choose places with good vegetarian food that I really like, for obvious reasons.  This often results in new discoveries for my dining companions whether they order a vegetarian meal or not.  They see what I order and how much bang one gets for a buck compared to a meat based cuisine.

I plan to participate in this challenge often because I will also learn from the other participants.  If you have any resolutions or aspirations to lean into a more vegan style of eating this is an excellent way to find out how to do it.  It is probably easier and tastier than you might imagine.  You can follow the action on twitter at CompassionateMeals  or search using the hashtag #compassionatemeal to find out what others are eating and sharing.  Like #MeatlessMonday, it will have an endless treat of good ideas and recipes, no doubt.  Get behind this delicious campaign, gentle readers.

spring rolls to share

spring rolls to share

Dine Out for No Kid Hungry in September

September 4, 2015 3 Comments

Dine Out

Dine Out

During the month of September No Kid Hungry is sponsoring a drive with participating restaurants in the US.  Each restaurant decides how to reward the customer for donating.  Since we are regular restaurant patrons we like to enjoy  a good deal and contribute to a group effort to feed the children of America when this opportunity presents itself.  Some places offer gift cards for future visits, others match the patron’s donation.  To find restaurants near you, and learn what the special offers are go to No Kid Hungry.

This year the restaurant most appealing to our palettes near home is Romano’s Macaroni Grill.  We have enjoyed meals at this well run chain very much in the past.  Both my carnivore craft beer drinking partner and my vegetarian cocktail drinking self have plenty of choices on the menu.  They make fresh pasta, and I remember the pizza is good too.   The offer they are making for the entire month is excellent.  What is not to like? Take your friends out to eat this month. Every dollar raised helps feed a kid up to ten meals.  Everyone needs to eat.  For some of us it is much easier than it is for others.  Please help end childhood hunger in America by patronizing great restaurants this month.

No Kid Hungry Dine Out

No Kid Hungry Dine Out

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