Monday, February 13, 2012

Meatless Mondays

I always told myself that I could never be a vegetarian - I like meat way too much.

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Not that we have meat every day - I would say on average, we probably have meat for dinner four times a week. I love vegetables, but I think that society has trained my brain to think of it as a side - not a substantial meal on it's own - which is kind of ridiculous, because there are so many other delicious foods out there that make a hefty meal.

Last Monday I went with some friends to a modern Indian restaurant called Pondicheri that has Meatless Mondays. Every Monday, the only things you'll see on the menu are vegetarian faire - and it tastes SO GOOD! I was so impressed. I liked it so much that we're going there for dinner again tonight.

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How often do you eat meat? And if you're a vegetarian - what were your reasons for deciding to exclude meat?

23 comments:

Dancing Branflake said...

I ADORE Indian food and my favorite dish is completely vegetarian- Saag Paneer. Gosh. I could eat that all day. I was a vegetarian in high school but started eating meat when I realized how much of an inconvenience I was being to people/

Daisy said...

I really like meat! I try to only eat it once a week or so. I would like to cook meals with no meat or chicken. I have yet to try it.

Rebecca said...

Gorgeous pictures! I eat meat probably daily. Most of the time it is white meat, but occasionally I'll have red meat.

amy b.s. said...

yum! we used to try and eat at least one vegetarian meal per week and have definitely gotten out of that habit. might be time to get back into it!

Kelly J. R. said...

On average, we have "animal" (meat, poultry, or seafood) twice a week. I believe in eating organic, grass-fed meat so when I do buy it, it's expensive! Other than that, we eat veggie dishes because it's healthier.

mai said...

i am a vegetarian! i don't eat meat for moral reasons and because i think it's healthier.

Holly Knitlightly said...

I don't really like Indian food, but your photos make me want to!! Haha.

The other night all I had for dinner was brussel sprouts two different ways! So good!

Chiara said...

I'd like all dessert!!!

Carmen @ Forgotten Fancies said...

I've been a vegetarian for quite a while now, but recently my body has started craving some meat, so I have a little bit every once in awhile.

When I was little I hated meat, thinking it tasted horrid, but as I gotten older I was really interested in animal welfare and decided we don't really need to unnecessarily kill the innocent animals.

Now if I do have meat, which is maybe once or twice in a month, I make sure they were happy animals and had a good life.

caroline @ patagonia gifts said...

I adore barbecues and juicy pieces of meat but I also love veggies a lot. I can't stay a day without eating at least one salad. I'd love to try Indian food! have a nice day, darling! xo

Jessica Di Giacomo said...

I Dionne watching your post i dream to eat all!!Gorgeous pictures!!
xxx
jessica

Natalie Nicole said...

I never had a vegetarian dish until this past summer at an Anatolian restaurant. I love meat too, but I'd like to try going vegetarian for a week to see how it works for me. I'm trying to figure out a diet to avoid vitamin deficiency.
Your photos look fantastic! What type of camera do you use?

alyssa said...

this restaurant sounds so great! I hardly ever eat meat at home, but only because I hate touching raw meat. I really need to increase my love for vegetables, though... =)

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures said...

I'm so happy that more people are embracing a meatless lifestyle even if it's only 1 day a week :)

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Asiye Ivedi said...

we do have protein in form of fish/chicken/meat nearly every day i have to admit. small amounts and always at least free range preferably organic... its mostly fish for me though- at least every second day.
at uni i was a vegetarian for around two years...but i really missed meat, so i went back to eating it again. i came to the conclusion that a good balance of everything is the way forward for me.

Teresa said...

Without really agreeing to it we already have a meatless day in our family.

It started as a boycott and when we noticed we were all thinks "Great, tomorrow is meatless day".

I could extend the less day but men in my family are straight descendant from the cave men :rollingeyes:

Sarah Morgan said...

Oh, that restaurant looks delicious! Indian restaurants are usually pretty good about providing plenty of options for vegetarians. I've been a vegetarian for about 11 years now ( half my life - wow! ) and I never find myself missing meat. I've gotten pretty good about navigating menus, and I'm not a picky eater by any means.

tenderb said...

I'm so glad that meatless mondays have become a regular thing for a lot of places. If people eat vegetarian even a few times a week it can serve to make them much more healthy.

I originally became vegetarian for environmental reasons.

Hilary Claire said...

I'm actually a vegan. I decided to give up all animal products 2+ years ago after watching animal cruelty videos online and reading "Skinny Bitch." Both experiences changed me & I gave it all up cold to-furky!

Looking Glass said...

This is such an awesome idea! More restaurants should do this!!

~ Clare x

Karina Cifuentes said...

I just started eating meat again after 3 years, which started up again on New Years Eve when a rotisserie chicken filled my apartment with its amazing smell. Couldn't resist. Since, I've managed to moderate my meat intake and only try to eat organic meats and chicken, which makes me feel less guilty about the crossover.

Kristen W. said...

I've been wanting to try Pondicherri for a while now but haven't made it there yet. There are just so many great restaurants in this city!

I'm a flexitarian so I only eat small portions of meat or fish with 1-3 meals per week. Even when I do eat meat the focus is still on vegetables. I cut back on eating meat a few years ago after reading Skinny Bitch. Meat was already starting to gross me out and that book just put me over the edge. Part of it was also because at the time I was cooking a lot of chicken and just got sick of it. I do love beef though.

I'm so glad I found your blog (via Recollection Vintage's link on facebook). I love it!