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No-meat meat...

Texturized Vegetable Protein, aka TVP.

When I decided to start taking the steps towards living a vegetarian lifestyle, I told myself I was NOT going to "resort" to using something that is not meat, but made to be "like" meat. I mean what's the point? If you want to eat meat, eat meat. Right?

Well...you guessed it, that is a pan of cooking TVP in our kitchen. What would later become a big ol' pot of chili. And good chili it is. So why the switch?

My reasons for pursuing a vegetarian lifestyle are two fold. First, I want to live a healthier life when it comes to my diet and my relationship with food. After only 4 weeks I definitely notice a difference in regards to how I approach my diet and what goes in my body. It's a finer sense of awareness that's resulted in a few pounds lost and the discovery of some new, yummy foods.

Second, my decision to go vegi is one way I hope to promote non-violence. For the most part, the mass production meat industry is violent. I'm choosing to move away from purchasing items that promote violence in the name of profit. Something I still need to work on since there are still meat eaters in our house. This is going to take a different sense of awareness, but one I'm willing to develop.

Back to TVP.

One of the challenges to becoming vegetarian is that not everyone in my house choses to give up "the beef". I'm totally ok with that, but as the main cook in the house, it creates a bit of extra work having to prepare 2 meals at each meal. So in comes TVP. It has made it possible for us to enjoy tried and true favorite meals in our house...spaghetti, chili, biscuits and gravy...that's friendly for the meat eaters and non-meaties alike. Surprisingly, my self proclaimed vegetarian, Lexi, has even agreed to consume an occasional helping of TVP once I explained it looks like meat but it's not!

So, I refocus my attitude. While it's marketed as a meat replacement, it's still non-violent and meat free. It's high in protein and low in fat. It tastes good and eases my work load when preparing meals...

Welcome to the family TVP!

(We will not have a tofurkey at Thanksgiving though...I have to draw the line somewhere!)


peace

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