Sunday, March 10, 2013

Meatless Friday?

Disclosure: this is not what I cooked but it looks similar.

          Well, what about trying for a meatless Friday? I am Catholic after all. I've had an occasional meatless day I'm sure, but I don't keep track of it and it doesn't necessarily happen on Fridays during Lent. However there was a stretch of three days last week when I went meatless, though unintentionally, which I think was taking semi-vegetarianism too far.
          The first day, I had baked tilapia with brown rice for lunch and meatless noodles for dinner. There happened to be a sale on tofu and imitation crab meat last week so I bought some. I already had frozen mixed vegetables, brown rice, barley and soy sauce at home. The plan was to make some kind of stir fry concoction with them. After microwaving the frozen vegetables and draining it, I mixed them together with the pre-cooked barley and rice mix, and extra firm tofu in a pan with a tablespoon of olive oil and two tablespoons of soy sauce. After stirring the mix and getting it hot, I added the imitation crab meat. I added that last because they tend to fall apart if you handle it too vigorously. Voila! Semi-moist stir fried vegetarian rice. I don't think I even needed the oil.
          Well, how did my concoction turn out? As you can tell, I am not a cook. Actually I don't really cook. It was one of those trials and errors and eat the error if it becomes that. I don't know what I'm supposed to be doing in a kitchen. Despite two tablespoons of soy sauce, my grand experiment tasted slightly bland, but with the addition of a little garlic salt and Sriracha sauce, it tasted much better. So on the second day which happened to be a Friday, that is what I had for lunch, then more noodles for dinner. I had satisfied my Lenten obligation for that week.
          On the third consecutive meatless day, I liked what I "cooked" the previous day so much that I made some more. This time, I nixed the olive oil and added some sliced green peppers. Again with the garlic salt and Sriracha sauce, it turned out pretty well. No, I didn't have noodles for dinner again but opted for a frozen bean burrito with some chips and Tapatio hot sauce.      
          Thus ended my three day stretch of meatlessness. I had some leftover stir fry and managed two more meatless meals in the ensuing days. Does this mean that might try to become a vegetarian some day? Probably not, but the experiment made me realize that I don't have to eat meat everyday to feel satiety and it will most likely help with my battle against cholesterol. It was nice not having to eat an error (see above reference to trial and error cooking).

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