Ahoy fellow veggies!
When I was a kid I was "picky" and would get in trouble for not eating meat. Sometimes it was okay but others... no go. Any veggies- yum! My dad's a great cook and I always loved things other kids hated like spinach and brussels sprouts. I'd often cut the meat up into microscopic pieces and try to hide it in the bread and veggies. My mom thought the skin on fried chicken was delicacy so I'd hand it over gladly.
I remember petting our cats and thinking somebody could cut them up and turn them into dinner- it just grossed me out to eat an animal. And I never liked fish (unless you count canned tuna and fish and chips). I cried on my one fishing expedition and plopped him right back in the water.
Around 18 I asked my dad not to cook me any meat cause I didn't want to hurt his feelings. I thought it was a phase but it took and it's been over 20 years now.
Funny how people say I'm so "good and strong" for giving up meat when it just grosses me out. I never judge other people for eating it and try every now and again to cook something for my boyfriend (like Guinness beef stew for st. paddys).
I'm pretty lucky to be in LA where veggie options abound, other places in the country I'm a freak and France? forget it!) although the ubiquitous options get pretty stale. Why do they ALWAYS have a bellpepper, eggplant, mushroom dish? the ONLY veggies I don't like! I just realized my dad never cooked those growing up so maybe that's why I don't like them??
I've found some pretty good subs for things I miss like meatballs and tuna sandwiches but miss being able to order in a restaurant. Oh well- the payoff is way worth it.
I missed these for years and was thrilled to finally have them back so maybe a veggie out there could use these:
Here's the meatball recipe- I sautee onions and garlic rather than use the soup mix and don't bother with the second phase (baking in broth), just plop them in sauce for 15 mins. I also use different cheese and like a mix of mozzarella, queso fresco, parmesan. Even my carnivore boyfriend loves these.http://www.food.com/recipe/vegetarian-quot-meatballs-quot-11028
For "tuna"- you just mash up garbanzos and treat like tuna- add mayo, lemon, dill whatever. It's not a dupe of course but a nice substitute.