Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Something "different" I ate-then and now

It's been awhile since I've linked up here.
I chose writing prompt #5-Something you ate

I grew up in the south. Our family table was greeted often with items smothered in bacon grease. We often had meat at every meal...usually pork or beef.  I look back now and call it clogged arteries on a plate. 
When I moved out, went to college and eventually got married, I decided what to eat and cook. Bacon grease was rarely on the menu. My grandfather and a few other family members had passed away or had heart problems. I didn't want to be a part of that fact on our family tree. So, I began to make changes...SLOWLY.
Southern food=addicting. 

 More recently, I am mostly vegetarian and vegan-NOT because I am all about how animals are not for eating, but for two reasons:  

1. hubby is plagued by food that triggers headaches and sometimes nausea.  And he has problems with eating beef.
2. I have seen how they cut up a cow and it has grossed me out ever since, I don't like how most meat smells, and bonus-I don't really have to worry about E-coli unless I eat items grown in animal manure (can you say gross?).
So we have been eating some "different" things that I seriously would have said in my twenties that I would never eat!  
     Recently, the weirdest food I have tried is nutritional yeast or nooch as vegans affectionately call it. 

Nooch is often used as a cheese substitute...interesting, but it just ain't cheese folks! One thing that keeps me non-vegan is my love of cheese-especially on pizza. No, I don't have to have cheese on everything and most meals I make don't have it, but when I think about never having pizza with Mozzarella, I feel a panic attack coming on. 

The best things I have consumed recently? Coconut milk coffee creamer-hello coffee! And Vanilla Almond milk. Talk about heaven in my spinach/banana smoothie or my rice or oatmeal breakfast 

So there ya have it, something I ate then and now. Bon appetite! 


  1. Ooh lovely, we've been doing a vegan type diet for Lent and I've dearly missed cheese (I'm a vegetarian but the kind that eats dairy, eggs and some fish... So not really one...) I might have to try this!

  2. I got all excited for a second when I read about Nutritional yeast as a cheese substitute...I thought Finally my 6 yr old can have "cheesy" pizza again. We recently found out she's allergic to dairy, and the soy cheese doesn't do it for her.

    hi from MK's

  3. Wow. That sounds like a total turn around from what you grew up with! How do you ever handle it when your whole southern clan gets together then? You bring your own food? Or do ya join in the fun just good old time's sake - since it's just for one day anyway?

    But seriously, I commend you on being healthy and eating healthfully. It's a plus for not just your life, but your family's too!

    1. Thank you Janice. Fortunately and unfortunately, we don't see my southern family much. Some would disown me if I said I wouldn't eat their dish. So, yes, when we get together I eat most of what they have especially if it isn't meat, but if it is...I just eat a small portion and say I am not that hungry. No feelings hurt and everyone wins. Thank you for stopping by!

  4. Ok, you've got me seriously thinking I need to keep those coupons for SILK milk and put them to use. And i know what you mean about Southern Cooking..:-)
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