Z. is visiting from "up north" with his girlfriend M. Young A arrives today. Z is now a vegetarian. M goes along for the ride. Young A has yet to be heard from, however I am thinking he will be craving a nice bit of roast lamb, or maybe one of the best pork chops in the world.
I have two house-guests that don't eat meat/poultry/fish. This certainly limits menu options. The Mr & I have re-embarked on our low GI diet, which includes lots of lentils/legumes etc, so we are not diametrically opposed to a vegetarian meal, but, just like anything else, if you are not used to cooking this way you have to sit down and PLAN your meals. Planning meals is so very much like WORK, which I am avoiding at the moment.
I already have a few vegetarian meals in my dinner repertoire, so the menu planning was not going to be a wracking of the brain, pulling my hair out type of experience. I have traveled far in my experience as a cook; I still shudder to think of the wretched meal I prepared for a friend (who informed me 30 minutes before he showed up for dinner that he was a vegetarian) back in my pre-internet "google is a life saver" days. I digress.
I sat down at the kitchen breakfast bar and pulled this little rabbitout of my hat. If you own an ipad and are a cook, then you NEED this app. If you only ever buy one app, this should be the app you buy. Trust me.
A search for vegetarian meals produced hundreds of choices. For the next week we will have:
- Roast veg pasta
- Lentil & Swiss Chard (silver-beet) Soup
- Vegetable Curry
- Lentil Burgers (the jury is still out on this one. Z . assures me they are delish, I'll let you know).
- Roast Carrot pasta (different from the above roast veg pasta, which was tomato based).
- Veg lasagna.
Good thing it's winter and I can get away with a lot of pasta dishes. Z. & M. are to cook one meal, & I am going to have to make a roast dinner one night, so I assume they will be eating eggs.
For those of you who are wondering about the costs of going vegetarian, the Mr. spent $270 at the grocery store last night. You may draw your own conclusion.
To my old friend Michael Winter - should our paths ever cross again, I promise I will not inflict a horrid meal like the one previously served to you.