I'm now five days into my no meat experiment and I have three initial observations:
1. Some restaurants make great no meat food
I was worried that it would be hard to find food that I liked that didn't contain sausage, bacon or at the very least, chicken. However, on Saturday we watched the England/France Rugby match from Fado in Washington, DC, and had the Veggie Boxty Quesadilla and the Tomato Mozzarella Potato Bread and both were awesome. I don't know if flavors are more noticeable without meat of if the food was really that superior but these two dishes are my favorites, so far.
2. McDonald's is out
We're big fans of the McDonald's drive through while on vacation (and sometimes nights when we just don't want to cook). However, we tried to stop on the way back from our trip and I was disappointed to see that other than salads, there is not a single no meat option on their menu. It's probably a good thing for overall health, anyway, that we'll have to remove them from our list.
3. There a zillion types of vegetables
We picked out a few no meat recipes and I headed out to Hy-Vee to pick up the ingredients. I had never paid a lot of attention to vegetables before so little did I know that there is a multitude of types of potatoes, two types of parsley, about 8 derivations of portabello mushrooms, several types of carrots, that green onions and scallions are the same thing, etc. Unfortunately, we'll have to be more specific in grocery list crafting in the future.