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Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller?
OK ... so maybe we're the only ones.
In any event, there's a growing movement of people, aptly dubbed "flexitarians," doing just that – living a predominantly vegetarian lifestyle with the occasional pork chop here and there.
One such person is Chef Annie Somerville of the vegetarian Greens Restaurant in San Francisco, California. She certainly doesn't have beef with folks eating meat - she just thinks you might want to consider doing it a little less often.
Five Reasons to Be a Flexitarian: Annie Somerville
When dining with family and friends it’s sometimes easiest to go with the flow. If meat, fish or fowl are being served, you can take a small portion or a tiny taste. And serve yourself larger portions of salad, vegetables and grains."
2. It’s a great way to make the transition to becoming a vegetarian
3. It’s a fun and healthy to eat low on the food chain
You’re saving water, pastureland and fresh air. You’re cutting down on greenhouse gasses and you’re cutting back on the demand for those endangered wild fish.
You can eat lots of locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables, beans and whole grains, tofu and soy, artisan cheeses, oils and nuts.
Think of meat, fish and fowl as accent ingredients and use them to punctuate your cooking.
If you’re eating leaner and lighter, you’ll become leaner, lighter and more energetic."
4. Being a flexitarian is great for the pocket-book
5. Support your farmers market and/or CSA
Farmers markets are unscripted. You get to taste everything! You get to know your farmers and producers. You can get great recipe tips from your farmers and market friends. Think of the small growers and producers you’re supporting by joining a CSA. Plus, it’s exciting to receive your box every week, and you can come up with exciting new recipes for those exotic vegetables you’ve never cooked before."
Are you a flexitarian? Is it OK to be a vegetarian who occasionally enjoys meat? Discuss in the comments.
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