Because I have been a vegetarian for most of the last 40 years, I feel comfortable with a meatless diet and all its ecological, spiritual, and health implications. There are some new demarcations since I started to remove meat from my diet.
Traditional Kinds of Vegetarians:
1. Lacto-ova: Eggs and dairy, but no meat or fish of any kind
(Sub-sets) Lacto: Dairy but no eggs; Ova: eggs but no dairy
2. Vegan: No animal products to be eaten or worn (ex, silk, fur, wool); no pets.
In recent years there have been some additions, such as:
3. Flexitarians: Mostly vegetarian, but animal products sometimes, like special occasions
4. Piscetarians: Add fish to their diet. (My older daughter calls this category Vegequarians, since she wants to emphasize the healthy vegetable side of her meatless diet.)
There are all kinds of variations on these themes,but what I think is important is that these categories have raised awareness about eating lower on the food chain and often eating healthier, because of the increased awareness about food labels, artificial colors and flavors, pesticides, etc.
Since today I cannot imagine a world where everyone is a vegetarian, let me suggest you try Meatless Mondays.
Here is their website: www.meatlessmonday.com.
The Sept. 21st issue has a recipe for Hearty Black Bean Chili, but even more important is the Global News column that notes that:
1. the U.N. recommends eating less meat to help end world hunger by 2030
2. the spread of the Western diet puts global health at risk
3. researchers advocate eating less meat to protect natural resources
The website is very informative, so check it out.
Since all my recipes are meatless and many are vegan, I will not post any special recipe here, but will suggest that you check into my website or subscribe in order to enjoy my Good Taste of Health recipes.