Plated + Served: It’s World Veggie Day!


I’ve been trying. Lord knows I’ve been trying. But old habits (especially eating habits) die hard.

 A few months ago, I said I was going to do my best to eat less meat and get more veggies into my diet. I did okay for a little bit… but then I slipped back into what was comfortable and known. We all do that.

But I have new inspiration: October is Vegetarian Awareness Month.

My daughter, Drew, has been a vegetarian for years. A monumentally hard task, I know, in a houseful of carnivores. She has sparked my awareness of just how difficult it is to be a non-meat (and now a non-fish) eater at home and in restaurants. Was that vegetable soup made with chicken stock? Were those beans cooked with a bit of bacon? Did that curry have fish sauce?

I will confess that I cater to her a bit, preparing separate soups and protein rich grain-based dishes in order to keep her nourished (and me happy that she’s eating protein). It’d be easier to make the entire meal veggie based… but I don’t really want to hear the wails of protest from the Cavemen sitting around the table. And besides, a meat-based meal is the way I always cook… not necessarily a bad habit, but not a particularly healthy one.

I’m going to renew my efforts this month with more vegetarian recipes and suggestions. Don’t go getting all hippity if I crinkle in some meat dishes… Mama’s still gotta keep the peace with those Paleos in my dining room!


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I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: