Thursday, December 29, 2011

Veggie Chicks

It's official. Here at Simply Chicks, we've declared our New Year's resolution for 2012: to be total tree huggers. Meat is now off the menu.

Yep. We've gone veg. And we're pretty darn happy about it.

Following our girls' lead of mostly vegetarian fare, (save for the few bugs and worms they hoover up in the back yard), we've decided that in the best interest of the planet and sustainable living practices, that a plant-based diet is the way to go.

We were first inspired by the wildly successful Toronto based campaign, Be Veg, along with the tag line, Why Love One but Eat the Other?

After watching the campaign's video we were convinced. If you click on this video... be forewarned, it's very persuasive.

Brie's only regret is giving up cheeseburgers at school. Apparently, they are the only thing worth eating in the cafeteria. She's going to need some creative solutions. Perhaps the How to Eat Veg page will help.

As for dairy and eggs, of course, since we aren't vegan, they're still on the plate. And we have lots of recipes that use both, as well as our local farmers' market and Graze Delivered to buy our dairy supplies.

The other night Brie was inspired to make vegetarian sushi for us, and salmon rolls for her brother and dad.

They were gobbled down in seconds. Far less time than it took for her to create them.

Brie learned this culinary art at camp last summer. She makes it look easy... Bravo!

So, wish us luck in our new venture. It's another step toward healthy eating and sustainable living.... here's to reducing methane gas and our carbon footprint on the planet.

Oh... and if you're wondering what happens to those end cuts of the sushi rolls, look no further than the coop in our back yard. Happy New Year, everyone!


  1. Yay! I think that is a fantastic goal. Better for you, the environment, and of course animals. It is a win win.

    The best part about delving in is discovering new foods and meals, so make a game of it with Brie. Definitely check out the recipes on my blog, and if you want some cookbook advice, send me a message, we have loads of good ones in our house. For now, I would start with Moosewood's Simple Suppers or Sunday Family Dinners and Mark Bittman's Everything Vegetarian. If you feel yourself wavering, read John Safran Foer's book "Eating Animals"

    Yay and Congrats!

  2. Thanks for your comment, "Vegetarian Salmon," aka, Maureen! Brie and I are trying new recipes daily, and loving the ideas our friends are sharing with us.

    I'll definitely look into the books you recommend above. I'm a huge Mark Bittman fan, and have heard good reviews of Safran's work as well as the Moosewood cookbook.

    Thanks for your support!

  3. I'm with you! I feel so happy knowing I'm out of the factory-meat loop.
    My favorite easy-meals (because I don't love cooking): Spaghetti sauce made with Morningstar Crumbles, and Burritos made with rice, Amy's Veggie Refried Beans, and Ortega Taco Sauce, and a heck of a lot of cheese. I fry or bake them, to make the tortillas all toasty and crispy. An egg is good in the burritos, too.

  4. Oh, Lauren! You make me drool! The burritos recipe sounds divine.... yum! I'll have to try it, and I love Morningstar foods. Never tried their Crumbles, but enjoy their sausages and bacon (made from veggie protein, not meat.. for those who aren't familiar with the brand).

    Thanks so much for the ideas... keep them coming!