Those of you who live with a vegetarian or have cooked for vegetarians will understand my love-hate relationship with healthy eating.
My husband “converted” to vegetarianism several years ago for health reasons and I am still adjusting. Yes, a vegetarian diet can be good for you, but sometimes the dishes simply don’t taste very good and lack flavor no matter how many spices and sauces you add. And it is inconvenient and annoying to make a separate vegetarian dish for dinner when I feel like spaghetti and meatballs. And it is frustrating to substitute vegetarian ingredients for your favorite matso ball soup recipe when the results simply don’t taste good.
So you’ll understand my profound shock at what happened a few weeks ago. I never thought I’d be saying this, but here goes: I ate vegan food and it was delicious.
The fact that our doctor recommended the restaurant made me even more skeptical. But as we sat down to eat our lunch at Karyn’s on Green in Greektown on Chicago’s West Side, I tasted my poached pear salad, tried a few spoonfuls of the squash soup, and took a bite of my husband’s “meatball” slider and I became a believer. It truly was delicious. And yes, I admit this humbly and with a true sense of shock that not all food that is supposed to be good for you tastes like chia seeds and kale.
So, there is hope in my quest to make delicious vegetarian food As I expand my repetoire of meat-free meals, I will be shooting for that elusive but attainable “star” of Karyn’s delicious vegetarian food.
Do you have a vegetarian (or vegan) recipe that is delicious? If so, please share it!
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