You probably wouldn't believe that I was a vegetarian for almost five years, from the age of 17 untill 22. I even had a stint as a vegan in there somewhere.
I chose to not eat meat for environmental reasons first most. In Norway where meat and potatoes are a staple, people really didn't understand the argument that a vegetarian diet is more environmentally sustainable. Today it is widely inderstood that a diet with less meat in it makes less of an impact on the planet.
Today I actually eat, and enjoy, meat. Although a good vegetarian dish doesn't go astray with me. And untill a few meals ago a good bulgur salad was my go to lunch dish. But my hip and happening sister, who lives in the health capital Vancouver, introduced me to quinoa and I havn't looked back. I put it in baked goods, soups and salads, and apparently it is the healthiest thing since, sardines?
I love introducing people to the grain. The other day I served it with avocado and roasted walnuts, just lightly dressed with a little good olive oil and lemon juice. The grains looks like little curls when cooked and have a great bite to it.
Not really being a new years resolution kind of girl, but a lover of fresh starts, I still have decided to go vegetarian one day a week.
Just maybe not Mondays.