Vegetarian Week was a resounding success – insofar as I went seven full days (plus one for good luck!) without eating either meat or seafood.  And, surprisingly, it wasn’t that hard.  I didn’t miss it my old eating habits nor was I tempted to fall off the wagon at any point.  So, after a week+ of vegetarianism, what’s the upshot? Do I feel any better?  Did I lose any weight?

Nope.  I feel exactly the same.  Absolutely no different.

While I’m pleased with my herculean achievement, I’m not so sure I could have lasted much longer.  As I said, I was never jonesing for a hit of ribeye or looking score a kilo of pork, but I attribute much of that to the fact that I kept my meals varied and interesting.    But there’s not doubt that, sooner or later, I would have exhausted my bag of culinary tricks.

Still, it was a nice run.  Some of the highlights…

August 19, 2014: My Vegetarian Line-up!Akemi’s cream of mushroom soup topped with roasted oyster mushrooms and truffle oil.

August 19, 2014: My Vegetarian Line-up!

Garlic-roasted oyster mushrooms.

August 19, 2014: My Vegetarian Line-up!

Crispy oven-roasted artichokes.

August 19, 2014: My Vegetarian Line-up!

Akemi’s button mushroom risotto.

August 19, 2014: My Vegetarian Line-up!

And Akemi’s curry cauliflower risotto.

August 19, 2014: My Vegetarian Line-up!

Carrots tossed in olive oil and thyme, roasted and honey-glazed.

August 19, 2014: My Vegetarian Line-up!

Roasted (notice a theme here?) blow-your-lungs-out hot peppers tossed in olive oil and minced garlic.

August 19, 2014: My Vegetarian Line-up!Fried garlic scapes.

August 19, 2014: My Vegetarian Line-up!

Crispy ceci (chickpeas).  I served them with conchiglie (shell pasta).

August 19, 2014: My Vegetarian Line-up!

Akemi’s vegetarian Thai-inspired soup with tofu.

August 19, 2014: My Vegetarian Line-up!

Mom’s savory navy bean and garlic recipe.  I served this with piccolini (mini wheel pasta).

August 19, 2014: My Vegetarian Line-up!

Eggplant parm sandwich.

August 19, 2014: My Vegetarian Line-up!

Garlic-fried eggplant.

August 19, 2014: My Vegetarian Line-up!

Lentils with carrots, onions, garlic, and bay leaf.


And then, today for lunch, I ate about a half pound of deli beef tongue.

25 thoughts on “August 19, 2014: My Vegetarian Line-up!

  1. What a wonderful list! Again, there is a food I’ve never heard of…garlic scapes. So, I have already learned new things and looked up a recipe. Can Akemi share any of her vegetarian recipes? I’d like to ask for the curry cauliflower risotto as well as the roasted carrots. 🙂

  2. Your mom’s garlic navy beans look so good. I could eat a bowlful of that. And the lentils, carrots, and onion soup too.

  3. I’ll join the clamouring for recipes and ask for the navy bean and garlic soup…it looks very similar to a soup made in a restaurant I worked in years ago. The best garlic soup I’ve ever tasted in my life. And I’m all about trying new bean recipes. 🙂 Good work on veggie week and remember…you could always go to “meat” mondays and veggie the rest of the time. 😉

  4. Love all the veggie dishes. I lived on corn tortillas and home made pico de gallo as my main meal for months. Lost 20 lbs. Having no meat or fish for months does make you feel good (did it for health reasons) but not enough to never eat meat again. You did good. But beef tongue? Really? I couldn’t touch it just because of how it looks. I eat with my eyes. xx_. I couldn’t eat chicken or pigs feet either.

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  6. Oh my, the food looks delicious! I thought Akemi didn’t like truffles? Does truffle oil taste different than actual truffles?

    Although, you didn’t feel any different, I wonder if your cholesterol might have dropped a few points? Plus, you probably saved a few animals. 🙂

  7. Ah, I’ve never had truffles but I wonder if it’s like cilantro, you love it or hate it. Cilantro tastes like soap to me.

  8. I just couldn’t be a vegetarian. (Unless I literally had no other choice, of course. Or if the only other choice was, like, eating cats or people or something.) Even out of all of those, only a few looked any good to me at all. Though I’m quite curious to see how your paleo week goes. That, I could probably do pretty well.

  9. Congrats on making it through the week. I would have tried the curry cauliflower risotto and I don’t even like cauliflower :p

  10. The carrots look amazing; everything looks very tasty. The baked chicken with blue potatoes, squash and garlic was great but these pics are making me hungry again.

  11. Of course you didn’t lose any weight – with all that fried stuff it’s a wonder your gallbladder didn’t explode!


  12. Well, that’s a nice list of side dishes there, Joe. Where are the main courses? 🙂

    My problem is that I can’t stand mushrooms or cauliflower. But I love grains and pulses. So a vegetarian diet for me would mostly constitute beans and rice.

  13. I suppose if you add Garlic, just about “everything” is edible..? Even all of that Fungi…

  14. What a varied selection!

    Sometimes I wish I had such a varied and healthy diet.
    Then I check my bank balance.. 😉

    Been trying to eat healthier, lately, but my tastebuds “changed” after a stint in hospital, and I’m still trying to re-learn what I do and don’t like. Very odd to no longer enjoy your favourite meals. Trying to fit in a healthier diet at the same time, is proving to be a bit of a struggle.

  15. Congratulations!
    All those vegetables reminds me of Ashley, your old office assistant…

    You have a very nice variety there, but don’t you find roasting things takes longer than just chucking them in a pot/pan? I guess my family is impatient. Dinner has to be cooked very quickly or the cook gets growled at.

    The last time I went to a well known vegetarian restaurant in my area, I was hugely disappointed by the lack of taste and weird bean finger things. I was reminded of the taste of cardboard, the texture of rubber (that has begun drying on the roadside – ever seen that in south-east Asia?) and the smell of someone else’s bad breath. I can’t remember exactly what I had, but the salad had that dry and astringent uncooked flavour. Not enough dressing to ease the leaves down and they got stuck in my throat. People had raved about this restaurant. It was packed to the wall corners. There was barely any space to stand and we had waited almost a full hour and ordered dishes recommended by the waiter. Everyone was disappointed. The sadder thing was that on that same street were some other super awesome restaurants with steaks and other meats that made my tummy growl at the thought. At least the drinks were drinkable (ie water).

  16. Just last weekend I was at The Pop Shop in Collingswood, NJ for a party. My brother in law is a vegan, and he had the buffalo tofu. It was surprisingly good. I’m sorry I didn’t think to recommend it to you to make @ home. I think theirs is fried in peanut oil. And their buffalo sauce was nice and spicy.

  17. Now see? Most of what you’ve listed I would actually eat. I can’t do anything of the super hot (“spicy”) stuff. Allergic to most of those ingredients.

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