What? Tofu parmigiana?

Freaking Oprah, gets me to try these crazy things. So I saw her recent show where the entire staff went vegan for 2 weeks. It featured a very likable and convincing woman, Kathy Freston, whose book I bought LAST year when she was on Oprah, and barely had a chance to look at. I’ve seen some of those movies- Supersize Me, Food Inc, etc, talking about the meat industry and how it’s not like it used to be. Cruelty, horrible conditions for animals, dangerous usage of antibiotics and Mad cow….

The health benefits of veganism seem to be great- potentially curing all sorts of stuff. Should people be eating dairy after they aren’t babies anymore? I’ve been having allergy symptoms for the last year or so that have never affected me in the past. Maybe this could help, maybe it would kick start some weight loss too.

I like to try new things, so I went vegetarian last week. Of course at the beginning after reading her new book AND the old one,  I was going on the 21 day gluten free, no eggs, dairy, caffeine cleanse, but that didn’t last too long. I just didn’t want to give up my coffee- with a splash of milk in it. COME ON! I don’t smoke anymore, or even drink diet coke unless I’m out somewhere for a meal. I couldn’t give up the coffee.

And pecorino romano cheese. I need that to cook with, especially for my regular vegetarian dishes- minestrone soup, cauliflower pasta, pizza, frittata. So I did it- 7 days, no meat. The hardest part was coming up with a menu that varied a bit, in comparison to how I’m used to cooking. Meat, starch, veg. Funny how this would seem like a big deal, but really, I have days where we don’t eat any meat, but not usually consecutive ones.

It was good- I definitely beefed up (haha) my intake of vegetables and fruit, and really didn’t feel like I was missing anything. I don’t know that I’m ready to commit to becoming a full time vegan at the moment, but I am going to do a little at a time. So we’ll be having vegetarian meals here at least 2-3 nights a week, and I’ll be cutting down on the amounts of meat I buy for main dishes, and increasing the volume of vegetables.

One thing that stuck with me from the book was just a thought- is my wanting to eat something a little more delicious or what I am just accustomed to having more important than an animals life?

So tonight I made tofu parmigiana. Eh, not so much. Of course it was ok, it was breaded and fried, and there was sauce and cheese melted over it. Carlitos didn’t like it. Last time I made the tofu I used it in tiny cubes in a stir fry, that he loved. At least I have a head start with him, he likes most vegetables. When I made the minestrone he ate the carrots, celery, string beans and cabbage raw while we cooked.

You can check out Kathy Freston’s website here:  http://www.kathyfreston.com/kathy_freston_veganist.html

We’re leaning into it.


About debratap

Mom, artist, analyst- taking some time to figure it all out!
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7 Responses to What? Tofu parmigiana?

  1. Kim says:

    YEAH for you!! You blogged it!!!…since it was just “eh “, I might pass on the tofu and mix in somthing else. Still send me the recipe!! xo


  2. Kim says:

    PS: Love the cow….reminds me of our trip to Ben and Jerry’s!!!!


  3. Mom says:

    I’ll pass on the tofu parmigiana but I do agree on the more vegee dinner and you already have Charlie liking most vegees.


  4. rebecca says:

    Darn…I thought you were going to say that it was fabulous and then I was going to ask for the recipe… Have you tried the alfalfa for your allergies?
    Carlitos gets cuter every picture…


  5. christina says:

    Hello Deb!
    I tried Tofu a long time ago, and ugh!
    but…. if I try it again you can be assured i will cover it with
    sauce! It is a very popular food these days, i’ll just have to
    give it another try! it is good for you & you have made it sound
    rather appetizing!
    love to all


  6. Laura Across the Street says:

    Hi, we have a lot of vegans and vegetarians at work. We all eat in a dining hall and there are many options. They even use sun butter to avoid all peanuts. (imagine a dining hall at Hogwarts…pretty similar and different at the same time, yet we have an auditorium for all assemblies.) Anyway, I have tried a lot of vegan/veggie recipes lately. It is so much easier doing it as a share thing, rather than having all the effort and then a dud. I am cutting out 1/3 of cheese and red meat. I just notice I have more energy when I have more protein. Great job Deb! Hugs, Laura


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