Are you a proud non-vegetarian?
Well, I have something to show you all. Tough sad, Its important that we realize this for the sake of those harmless creatures that deserved a few breaths more but was unfortunate to have become someone’s meal.
We all are a beautiful creation of god and a pure reflection of compassion. I wonder when a mother can show utmost care and concern towards her own kids, can she sense the pain for another mother too? When a father plays the role of a protector for his children, no power can ever make them weak, then why on earth he fails o realize that some child somewhere is eagerly waiting to have a glimpse of his father too.
I am drenched in a wave of grief when I see them suffer like this. Poor beings who are incapable of expressing their inadequacy are handed over to such dreadful fate. There have been innumerable articles,talks and views about this topic yet majority of us ignore it so easily. I am no different when I consider myself to be a part of this shameful society which needs this refinement. Being a vegetarian was a mater of my own choice and was never imposed on me, yet I feel the pain of these lovely creatures that suffer for no reason. I salute to people who chose to become a vegetarian after hearing or watching such stories which is a mere reflection of ones strength. 🙂
If you ask me, “If not this what vegetarian replacements can be done in my meal to make it a balanced diet?”
I would be glad to answer you with alternatives as follows:
1. For all the chicken lovers out there.. This is what you can try.
Seitan is a common chicken substitute because of its “meaty” texture. Seitan is also popular because it is an excellent source of protein while being low in fat. Seitan can be flavored however the chef would like. On its own, seitan is flavorless, so it absorbs sauces and marinades easily. Although many chefs and vegetarians swear by their own seitan recipes, some markets also sell seitan cutlets.
Tofu is another popular substitute, but its consistency is different from seitan. Tofu is usually softer and less meat-like than seitan. Tofu does, however, absorb flavors and marinades effortlessly. For this reason, some cooks choose to use marinated tofu “chicken” cutlets in recipes that call for chicken.
Beans– Protein- and fiber-rich beans are a common food in a vegetarian diet. One cup of plain, baked vegetarian beans has just over 12 grams of protein, while 1 cup of black beans has 15 grams. Eating beans in place of animal protein foods makes it simple to meet your protein requirement for the day. Soak dried beans overnight and cook without oil to save calories. Put beans on your salad, in a spinach wrap or over brown rice. When making soups, puree half the beans and use as a thickener.
Soy products are made from soybeans, and unlike other protein substitutes, are a complete protein. A versatile food, you can find soy in tofu, soy butters, cereals, meatless patties and soy milk. The Soy Food Association of North American says that 1 cup of soy milk has about 6 grams of protein and a meatless soy burger about 13 grams. Look in the refrigerated section of your grocery store for tofu, and use it in place of meat on salads or in pasta sauces. One-half cup of tofu has 10 grams of protein.
Dairy products : Unless you are a vegan, dairy products help you increase your protein intake. According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, 1 ounce of cheddar cheese has 7 grams of protein, while 1 cup of fat-free cottage cheese has 25 grams. Milks, yogurt and cream cheese are other choices. Avoid processed cheeses. Keep the saturated fat low in your vegetarian diet by eating lower fat cheeses. Look for light, reduced-fat or fat-free varieties. Choose plain yogurt rather than sweetened, and add your own fruit. Eat a scrambled egg for breakfast and consume about 6 gram of protein.
A vegetarian diet is rich in vegetables. According to the USDA, vegetables are good for your heart health, and may reduce your risk of Type 2 diabetes and some cancers. Vegetables contain some protein and can serve as a protein substitute in your diet. A cup of broccoli has 4 grams of protein, and 1 cup of cooked spinach or frozen mixed vegetables has 5 grams. Kale, a dark, leafy green, has 3 grams in 1 cup. When eating pasta, choose spinach egg noodles and get 8 grams of protein per cup. Incorporate a variety of vegetables into your diet to meet your protein and vitamin requirements.
3. What about fish?
Fishless Filets: Some commercial protein-rich vegetarian products are made to mimic the taste of fish. These products often contain vegetarian sources of protein like wheat or soy, and some provide vegan sources of omega-3 fatty acids, including DHA, found in algal oil. An example is Gardein’s golden fishless filets, which mimic the taste, texture, and nutrient content of real fish.
Tempeh: Similar to tofu but with a firmer texture, tempeh is a protein-rich product made from soy — and a source of omega-3 fatty acid ALA. Try coating tempeh with safflower oil and seasoning it with garlic powder, old bay seasoning, and kelp flakes before cooking it to make it mimic the taste of fish.
Vegetarian Walnut Burgers : While walnut veggie burgers may not taste like fish, they are an excellent substitute for the essential nutrients like protein and essential fatty acids found in fish. Like soy, walnuts are a source of ALA, which can be converted into EPA and DHA in your body.
4. Beaf,pork and others… Here you are. The most generic link to look up your favorite dish’s substitute.
Except these I think, there is no point in eating whatever one finds such as snakes, mongoose, dogs, rabbit, caterpillars etc etc… The list is limitless. Everything that you might have ever heard of as edible living being has a direct replacement of veggies I promise. The only big deal is to go out there and hunt for it, spend a while surfing about the details and changing this mindset of yours.
Dear friends, Lets all pledge of a green planet earth where every living being lives in harmony with each other. I would love to hear from a few folks who felt this made sense and took pride in changing there decision and now being a vegetarian.