El Paso Times Food Writer Tries Vegetarian Diet

Jane Steele, who writes food features for the El Paso Times is trying to switch to a vegetarian diet. Inspired by fellow food writer Mark Bittman’s healthier diet, Steele writes about her first day trying to switch her eating patterns.

Steele’s article brings up a lot of the issues that new (and sometimes veteran) veg*ns struggle with. What to cook when you’re too tired to function. Finding meatless dishes your whole family will eat. Learning new quick recipes for those nights when you’ve got to rush out the door to a meeting. In some ways, you have to learn to cook all over again.

I think many of us longtime vegans and vegetarians began in fits and starts. I never woke up one day, and said “I’m going to be vegan now.” Instead, I thought, I want to eat more plant foods and less animal foods, because animal food production is doing terrible things to the environment. Slowly, slowly I added more and more vegetarian and vegan recipes to my diet. At the same time, I learned more and more reasons why eating animals wasn’t something I wanted to do. One day, I found myself vegan. And I’m pretty happy where I am.

Jane Steele, here’s what I recommend to you:

  • Chickpea cutlets, my whole family loves them, and they freeze great for nights when defrosting is the only thing that saves you from ordering pizza. Serve them with vegetarian gravy and mashed potatoes or spaghetti and tomato sauce.
  • So Delicious Coconut Creamer for your coffee (find it at Sun Harvest), though I’m partial to almond milk cafe au lait, too.
  • Avocado and tomato sandwiches, which I pretty much live on all summer long. And the summers are endless here in Texas.
What would you suggest to Jane Steele to help her establish new vegetarian habits? What do you wish someone had told you when you first started going meatless?
Steele and Bittman aren’t the only food writers going meatless these days. Oregonian food writer Grant Butler went vegan as an experiment about a year ago, and the experiment stuck. Read about his first year as a vegan here.

There’s a vegan in Beaumont!

Texas, y’all!

It’s tofurkey roasting on an open fire
By Humberto Martinez
December, 16, 2008

Turkey, cheese logs, eggnog and ham – these are the foods of the season.

But they’re foods that Tim Sebile, who is a vegan, can’t eat. Not in the traditional sense, anyway.

Sebile, who works at the Basic Foods store, hasn’t eaten meat or any other animal product for six years. It’s a way of living he said he’s proud to be a part of, even though there aren’t many vegetarians or vegans in the area.

Coming up with an alternative recipe isn’t hard, Sebile said, and if you’re a vegan or vegetarian for animal rights reasons, there shouldn’t be any temptation to cheat.

“You can have the same things other people eat, just made with different things,” he said. “Most people think if you’re a vegetarian, it doesn’t taste good, but that’s not true.”

Keep reading. Kudos to the Beaumont Enterprise for publishing this story.

Cross posted from The Vegan Tree House.