Burgers and Pork Chops and Nuggets, oh no!

That's right, I'm not eating meat for 40 days. Lent is here and as I have in the past, I am giving up something I enjoy until Easter. I'm giving up meat but will still be eating fish and shellfish and dairy. I was telling a co-worker about it today and she exclaimed this is not vegetarianism. fine. To be clear...I will forgo the following: red meat, pork (all pork products) and chicken. To be technical, this style of diet is called Pescetarianism.

When I mentioned my soon to be meatless diet to Cardy, his first reaction was, "What am I going to do?" Well, I'm the cook so you'll pretty much be doing whatever I'm doing.

I'm extremely hesitant and a little worried about this challenge. Of course I felt this way last year when I gave up sugar and the year before when I gave up carbonation. Notice a trend here? Sugar, carbonation, and meat- all food related. Oh well. I'm not very prepared to for this diet change and I'm getting ready to go to Orlando this weekend where some of my meals will be provided- hopefully they will offer a pescetarian option.

So tonight I'm still trying to decide what my last meaty meal will be before I delve into the world of meat free living. In & Out? Crown Burger? Ruby River?

Please feel free to send me vegetarian or seafood related recipes. I'm excited to try some new things in my kitchen. Unfortunately...I don't like shrimp.

Okay, so Cardy suggested SmashBurger tonight. I love SmashBurger but the funny thing is- I never order the burger. In fact, I never, ever order burgers at any restaurant. I always get the grilled chicken sandwich or a salad. I also love the fact that SmashBurger offers wheat buns- bonus points! Tonight I thought what the hell...I'm getting a burger. I'm giving up meat tomorrow so why not go out with a big, juicy BANG!

It was really good and I'm glad I ordered something out of the norm for me. Although, I am feeling a little more full than I typically like.

(Delicious burger. Sorry for my gross bangs.)

P.S. I went out with some girlfriends last night and ordered fish tacos. Fish tacos? What the hell? These are some of my best pescetarianism choices for the next 6 weeks - why start early? I should've had a steak. Dang it!


  1. 40 days will fly by!

    It's fairly petty, but I always get so annoyed when people tell me what my diet/lifestyle is or isn't. It was almost a daily occurrence when I was vegan, because of course, you can never be vegan enough.

    Vegetarian and seafood recipes are everywhere if you keep an eye out. We should definitely get together for dinner more often during lent! I've been craving Sage's forever now - maybe we could do their pizza night one Tuesday? :)

    This is my favorite veggie pizza recipe -

    Morning Star is my favorite brand for veggie burgers and crumbles - sloppy joes taste exactly the same - and Quorn makes really good "chicken" nuggets and patties should you get a craving for them.

    Rubios, Pei Wei, most ethnic places have a ton of options - O 'Falafel on 21st has the best "Jerusalem Veggie Burger" and falafel burger. I'm so hungry I could go on and on about food right now :)

  2. I have a few awesome meatless recipes! I'll send them your way! Good for you... good luck with lent!

  3. I don't even KNOW how I used to be a vegetarian! Why can't I think of any recipes that don't include meat when I didn't east ANY meat for over 7 years?!?

    Thanks for the recipes YOU sent me. I made the 'spicy pasta w/ sweet potato' and it ROCKED! I think I'll make that Indian stew this weekend!

    Good luck!

  4. Good luck!! I will send you a few recipes we have since we don't really eat a whole lot of meat either.


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