Monthly Archives: June 2013

Vegetarians host a turkey dinner?

Wow, it’s really been a long time since I updated my blog.. Where has the time went? Sadly I haven’t really completed all the goals I set for myself this spring. I still have yet to plant my garden. The weather has just not been co-operating.. Whenever I have a day off it decides to rain on and off all day, even today, although the sun finally decided to make a brief appearance (I can tell by the grey clouds ready to move back in) the ground is sopping wet. Yesterday would have been a good day for gardening but we planned a turkey dinner for our friends that evening so I spent most of the day in the kitchen or cleaning. Turkey? Turkey dinner in June? Truth is I got a free turkey from work for Christmas and it has been sitting in the freezer ever since. I meant to take it to the food bank back around the holidays but I never got around to it. So it sat, for months and months with me debating back and forth whether to get rid of it, against my boyfriend’s protests, or to cook it. Finally after more persuading from Shadoe and with his brother’s arrival last week I decided it would be better to finally do something with the bird rather than let it go bad in the freezer while I made up my mind about just how terrible it would be to eat it.

So we planned a big dinner and invited over some friends. With one more mouth in the house to eat the leftovers and lots of people to share in the feast I didn’t feel quite so bad about consuming the factory-raised animal. My friends were very confused about the menu for the night. One of them had even brought goat cheese separate from the salad he made as he wasn’t sure if I was eating dairy or not. I had to laugh and tell everyone it was a free for all night, I was eating turkey, cheese, everything! Of course I got the usual comments about not being a very good vegetarian, but I tried very hard to brush it off. As I mentioned in an earlier post about labels, I prefer the vegetarian label for it’s ease of use social settings and since I do eat vegetarian 99% of the time but I hate that feeling of inadequacy that comes along with giving yourself a label and not living up to it perfectly.

After a very successful dinner with friends and family (my mom decided to visit last minute) I felt satisfied with my decision. That is, until 5 am and I woke up sick to my stomach. I first I was freaking out, oh no I’ve given everyone food poisoning.. Then I remembered that the exact same thing happened last time we had a turkey dinner and I vowed not to touch the leftovers, for fear of getting sick again, just like last time. I have no idea what is wrong but my belly just does not like turkey dinner. It could also be I over-did it with the gravy and my stomach is just not used to that much animal fat. Either way makes it that much easier to avoid turkey at special occasions even if it is delicious. So after a big feast of meat, cheese, and cream sauce I’m happy to be back to my Happy Herbivore meal plan I’ve been following this week. I have to say I was pretty excited to drink my chocolate green smoothie this morning! I’ll do a post on how the meal plan is going later this week but so far so good!  

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Chocolate breakfast smoothie with spinach. Yum!