Friday, July 8, 2011

Slop

So I can't say I'm vegan yet, not really vegetarian either. I'm at about twice a week for meat at this point. For example, I just ate a turkey sandwich for lunch. But, it was on whole wheat, had fresh avocado, no mayo, just mustard, and lettuce. At least it was dairy-free. I'm really getting much better about drinking my green smoothies everyday, and that helps a lot.

I have a new plan though, and it will hopefully ease my anxiety about cutting out meat entirely. What's this plan you ask? Eating slop. I made my first batch o' slop yesterday, and it is surprisingly tasty.  

Here's the theory: Meat is the only way to get the complete protein chain besides quinoa. So, in order to get quinoa in my diet daily, I'll always have a slop concoction in the fridge, and I'll have a scoop or 2 every day, just like I drink a daily green smoothie.

The best part is it's super-easy to make. I throw a bunch of stuff in the crockpot, and 4 hours later it's done! My first slop contained: Quinoa, a little rice, a potato, kidney beans, diced roma tomatoes, canned stewed tomatoes, tomato sauce, and spices. It's a chili-inspired slop. But, who knows, next time it might be a squash slop. Or a mixed veggie noodle slop. The possibilities are endless!

Wish me luck...

6 comments:

  1. I'm all about the crock slop in the fridge. But I have to make sure I am cool with everything kinda tasting the same. Tossing beans in helped since they are a protein and pretty neutral so it's cool if they end up tasting like the tomatoes. Dig?

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  2. This sounds really good. Another idea is to transition to mock meat type foods to replace the meat items in your diet. I have a local to me place, in Worcester MA. It's called Belmont Vegetarian. He takes soy "meat" & turns it into Jamaican cuisine & it's intense & oh so delicious. It's incredibly good & folks have gone vegan--due to his food. I took my BIL who is a diehard meat eater there & he couldn't tell the difference. Just an idea. I wish you well on your path! It's really worth it!!

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  3. *you could DIY this type of "meat" stews & such.. is what I mean.

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  4. Thumbs up for doing so well :) After being veggie for many years, this is what finally turned me into a happy vegan. Have a looksie...
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=es6U00LMmC4

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  5. The protein issue with vegans is much stressed over but without reason. I wrote a blog post about it, complete with sources: http://dailyveganeats.tumblr.com/post/2590909041/vegan-tip-2-protein-sneaks-1-of-4-in-a-sneak-series

    I hope this helps.

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  6. You really don't need to worry about getting complete proteins. Combining veggie proteins, even over the course of multiple days, creates complete proteins in your body. There's a lot of information on this subject.

    For example:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Protein_combining
    http://www.fitsugar.com/Whats-Complete-Protein-Inquiring-Vegetarians-Want-Know-165298
    http://www.ivu.org/faq/protein.html

    (PS - soy is also a vegetarian complete protein)

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