You will rarely, if ever, find me talking about why I went vegetarian on this blog or in my daily life. That is what this section is for…
My 5 reasons for going veggie:
- I’m allergic to dairy products.
- I have always been repulsed by the taste and smell of meat. Yuck! I rarely craved it, if ever, really. This does not mean that I never eat it either.
- I have gradually adhered to a disagreement in terms of the way animal “farming” has evolved into what it is today. It downright frightens me.
- Vegetarianism naturally encourages me to ditch most processed foods and eat more fruits and vegetables.
- It has made me *the* most creative in the kitchen than I have ever been.
So let’s get honest:
- No, I am not a part of PETA (though I do not condemn anyone who is). I am simply not an animal activist though I do (absolutely) support humane treatment of animals.
- No, I am not offended if you choose to eat meat in front of me. I don’t appreciate anyone judging my eating habits, let alone would I even think to judge someone else’s eating habits!
- No, I am not even secretly judging you if you order a slab of ribs. I used to be a carnivore too. I’m probably wishing I could eat the cheese off your plate though…
- No, you will never find me telling anyone how to eat.
- Yes, I love animals. I also love humans, too.
- Yes, I drive a Prius.
- Yes, I hug trees. That was one time though!
- Yes, I am lax about making sure all ingredients are 100% animal-free. I make what I consider to be responsible choices with my food to the best of my abilities (which of course, is always subject to change because awareness is continually evolving). I am also not perfect and do not like creating labels.
Though I have a blog that is geared towards vegan recipes, I cook mainly vegan foods, and have a collection building of vegan cookbooks, I don’t call myself a vegan. Maybe by default I am, but that is about it. Regardless if you are gluten-free, gluten-fanatic, a vegan, vegetarian, flexitarian, whatever-atarian, or a meat-eating lover in need of more veggie-friendly recipes, I’m so happy that you stopped by! You can always convert, substitute or add to these recipes to cater to your eating-orientation.
Fork and Beans is a site where ALL are welcome and my hopes are to inspire you to get creative in the kitchen. Who knows? Maybe you will realize that your parents were right when they said you’d actually like brussel sprouts! So go ahead, pull out those carrot sticks and enjoy!