But to start:
My sister-in-law, Devany, does AMAZING things with cakes. Like, straight up beautiful things. I am not a cake-er. At least not to degree she is. SO, I thought I might like trying a fondant I learned to do at a recent Relief Society gathering. It was fun, messy, and ultimately productive- which means it worked beautifully.
But my camera didn't.
See the pictures?
And I think we can all agree that I need a cake pedestal.
But enough about cake (don't you want some now?)
I know, great segue.
So, this month we've been vegetarian- almost. We still eat eggs, milk, cheese... you know, things that don't involve killing. FYI, eating eggs doesn't involve killing because the eggs aren't fertilized yet- so nothing TO kill.
I gotta tell ya'- I don't miss meat.
Let me repeat that:
I. Do Not. Miss. Meat.
Part of this experiment was to actually see if I COULD cook veggie for a whole month. Part of this was to see if I could loose some weight just my eliminating meat. Part was seeing if I could actually FEEL a difference in my body by just eating veggies.
I know this hasn't been a month yet- but I can answer at least one of my experimental questions:
YES, I can actually FEEL a difference. And it feels great. Let me es-plain. No, there is too much. Let me sum up.
You know that "heavy" feeling when you're done with a meaty meal. Kinda sleepy-like? "let out the old belt a couple of notches" feeling?
And the sleepy feeling is gone too. After eating a great veggie meal, I feel refreshed. Energized.
And it's opened my eating eyes to new foods.
Capers, for one. Oh. Man. My favorite way to incorporate these babies is to make a simple pasta fresca:
Pasta (your choice)
Make the Pasta. Chop the tomatoes. Drain pasta. Add about 1T Olive Oil, parmesan and tomatoes. Toss to coat. Top with 1T capers.
Delish. Fast. Easy. And a perfect blend of flavor. The capers add that dimension so often lacking in pasta. Try it. You'll LOVE it.
But enough about capers.
The point of this ramble (it's late for me and 8:50pm.) is to tell you that I'm seriously thinking on expanding this trend into the immediate future. Not that I won't eat SOME kinds of meat- I'm thinking becoming a pescatarian (fish and veg only) sounds pretty good. But the red meat is out of my heart -until it's time for me to make my AMAZING pulled-pork again:)
Why not try it yourself? See what you think?