I don’t want to preach or anything, but I have to say that in terms of Nominess, vegetarian meals are hard to beat.
It’s the variety of ingredients and opportunity for creativity.
Building a meal around a hunk of meat is straightforward enough, but tends to focus you in the Main Event… “Sides” are incidental attempts to make the meal look “balanced”.
But when you don’t have the slab of meat to build around, you have to get inventive… And fortunately, whilst we human beings generally only eat about four or five different varieties of meat (depending on your cultural heritage, of course), there are about a kabillion different varieties of non-meat food to play mix n’ match with.
But if you really can’t get away from something substantial as the centre-piece of a meal, there are *SO* many brands of meat-substitute foods these days, and the likes of Quorn and “Linda McCartney” have really dug into making non-meat food taste and feel like meat… So you can always fall back on those.
Or at a push: fish.
I eat fish, here and there… ‘Cos I figure it’s mostly Free Range. And it’s the industrialisation of meat production that I object to… Not the eating of cute, doe-eyed animals, who should really be living full and rewarding lives… Until they get savaged by some natural predator.
One way or another, all the building and re-building of our bodies is done with whatever we stick in our gobs.
I know I’m not the fittest or healthiest person on the Planet… So I reckon I need to make sure that whatever goes in my gullet, in order to construct Holyman v47.02.03.06.42, is of at least a reasonably high quality..!
But I have to say… If you like your food… Vegetarian dishes offer the kind of variety and diversity that meat dishes can only dream of.
Don’t become a vegetarian.
Just eat more vegetarian food.