Last edited by ForensicArtist; 05-30-2012 at 05:56 PM.
"I did it for money and for a woman. I didn't get the money, and I didn't get the woman"
I'm just coming off of 8 months of being a vegetarian. Even though it was only for a few months it's hard wrapping my mind around eating meat again. So I'm starting slowly and just eating fish right now. Eventually I'll add chicken and then beef. Baby steps
Last edited by SaraVZ; 05-31-2012 at 11:55 AM.
Have you thought about starting with something like chicken broth (without bits of chicken in it)? That way you could start getting used to the taste without the texture. Then you can graduate to this amazing soup (without the rice ): Closet Cooking: Avgolemono Soup
I'm still veggie, but am really reconsidering the whole thing. I can't imagine jumping back in with tinned tuna would be easy - it's so potent!
Hey... I've also recently came off Vegan island (and I spent some months on the raw vegan diet. 80-10-10 nearly killed me!)... and I was also vegan for 6 years... and veggie for 11!
I'm having less trouble with it than my husband is. He can handle chicken and fish, though. I can eat it all. I think I was actually starving for so long, I'm finally feeling fed.
RaeVynn, how interesting! I also got very ill with 80-10-10, omg!
I'm so glad that there are other ex-veggies here. When I first made the decision to eat meat again, I thought it would be hard to find other ex long-term vegetarians. But it's really nice to see you all here. :-)
My meat eating is going fairly well. I have discovered that I like some white fishes, but not all. Can't stand tilapia for some reason. But I like mahi-mahi. And I tried chilean sea bass the other day, and wowzer, so good.
I also experimented last night with cooking a chicken breast. I just baked it, but I felt so nervous about it, worrying about keeping it sanitary, is it cooked right, etc. I feel like a total newbie in the kitchen.. I just really have no idea how to cook meat! Anyway, I liked the chicken a lot. I think I might try to settle into a routine of fish & chicken, and not worry just yet about beef/pork/other kinds of meats. I still can't believe I'm eating meat again after all those years of avoiding it like the plague, hehe.
TBH meat (and thinking of it) still kinda grosses me out. When I cook I try to "disguise" the meat the best I can with spices, and chopping it up finely and eating it with copious amounts of vegetables.
Minced meat and burgers are certainly a good way to disguise the texture.
But honestly... it is so much easier to cook with meat that it's not even funny. I remember the hoops I used to jump through, trying to make a lentil-tomato sauce for pasta that would have a good, strong taste my (always-omnivorous) husband would actually like, or at least be able to taste at all. Heat oil, brown onions and peppers, add ground spices and Marmite, add tomato and cooking wine (and pre-cooked lentils), add bay leaf and rosemary now, add oregano at the end of cooking, and quite possibly dry-fry some pumpkin seeds separately and grind them to powder to get a savoury thickener to finish it off. And this would be sort of OK, at least once it had a mountain of cheese on top... or he'd be polite about it, anyway.
It's been something of a revelation to me to learn you can get a good, savoury taste with one ingredient.
My intrinsic problem is that I was never a fan of meat...not the texture or taste. So, if all I can manage is to have chicken at one meal a day, I will consider that quite a paleo-ish feat! If not for my husband and what he's accomplished with MDA and primal, I wouldn't be here to try.