Several years ago now my husband started going vegetarian. Much to my chagrin. I hated it. In my estimation supper included a meat, vegetable, pasta or rice or bread (or a combo) and possibly a salad. Meat was the main attraction!
So there I was, stuck with how to handle the situation. I offered to make meals 2-3 times a week that were either vegetarian or the meat could be easily removed or was more like a side dish, and I kindly explained to him I was happy to help but I was not going to become a vegetarian. I'm still not. =)
However, over the past few years we've gone to 95% of our meals being vegetarian. I will usually grill a chicken breast for the girls to have along side if they want it, but I buy very little meat.
Why in the world would you want to do this? I've found a few surprising reasons:
1) Meat is expensive. I spend $10 or less every pay period on meat now unless we are hosting a special event or guests, and I want to accommodate the meat eaters. Even then, I have a few go to vegetarian meals that do work for most every body.
2) Since I don't buy much meat, I can spend more on the stuff I do buy. Hormone free, cage free meat and eggs, organic milk, more produce in general, less processed, higher quality items.
3) I really do feel better. When I do have meat, especially a heavy item like a burger or a steak, it really wreaks havoc on my system. I've found more often than not, unless it's a couple of nuggets, meat free works better for me.
Some days I come across a vegetarian meal I want to make it every night of the week, make everyone I know try it, and certainly tell everyone about it. If you are reading this: you're everyone. Congratulations!!
This meal hits the trifecta: cheap, fast, everyone will eat it. I found it on allrecipes.com. It's the sweet of the brown sugar and spicy of the pepper jack that compliment each other so well.
Black Bean and Corn Quesadillas
If you've been wanting to try meatless, here's your chance! Serve with chips, salsa and sour cream. Delish!