While we were laying around in paradise last week, eating lots of bad-for-you food and drinking way to many daquiris, the Hubs and I were talking about how we needed to “crack down” once we got back and get back into shape. I make this statement a little too frequently, actually: “Monday, I’m gonna crack down again. I’m gonna start hitting the gym and eating right again.”
The Hubs surprised me. He does this from time to time. He suggested we eat vegetarian all week except one day for the month of August. I couldn’t believe my ears.
The more I thought about it, the more sense it made. With so much vegetable garden bounty from both our garden and my father-in-law’s, you can be a vegetarian several days in a row almost by accident. We both really like grilled vegetables and fresh tomato salads, so I’m sure it won’t be hard to come up with enough variations to keep up satisfied and not missing meat six days a week. The August Reverse Meatless Monday Challenge is born!
|A “minature white” cucumber from my vine|
|Freshly dug new potatoes from my garden and beans.|
This project couldn’t be more timely, either.
Last time I checked, the cultivation and production of vegetables was also considered “agriculture.”
Which only motivates me to follow through with this project even more now. There are a few caveats, though, that I should disclose up front. Even the Eat Local Challenge has a few rules. I need to travel for work in August and some meals will be provided. So, here is my rule, we will eat vegetarian six days a week when we are cooking food at home or eating out in our local area. This rule should catch everything except when I, or Jeremy (there’s a slight chance he’ll have some work-related travel, also) , have to travel for work. And, when I do travel, I am going to try to do my best eat vegetarian, if there are meatless options. I still get meat one day a week, so even with the travel, I think this is totally doable. And, it’s supposed to be a challenge, so it’s not supposed to be a breeze. Here we go!