Would it kill me?
Would it help me loose a few lb's?
Would it increase my energy?
And so many more questions.... I had so many because I have never been a vegetarian. I have lived on red meat my entire life and it has always been a part of my diet. I didn't understand why people wouldn't eat meat (unless for religious/cultural reasons) - why would you CHOOSE to not eat the bloody red goodness of a cow's rump? Anyway, I embarked on this journey for one week to see what would happen; will that one week turn into one month, one year, one lifetime? Who knows but here is my experience with Day One of the The One Week Vegetarian.
Breakfast - typical breakfast - Quaker Oats in the a.m. and some water. I skipped the morning coffee and diet coke just to see if I would get a splitting headache. I supplemented with lots and lots of water. I peed a lot from 8am to 11am. No workout today so all was well with one breakfast.
Lunch - no headache yet - SCORE! Getting nervous about what to eat considering I didn't pack a lunch. Decision time came and the team opted for Thai food. Veggie spring rolls and brown rice it was for my first meat-less lunch. It was delicious - topped off with an icy cold Pellegrino. Yummy....
Afternoon is when I get my sweet craving. I continually drank water to keep my tummy full and curb that sweet tooth. It worked. I traded my afternoon sweet tooth for about 19 trips to the bathroom - but by this time **Too much info to follow** I was peeing clear and that means adequate hydration (or that I'm drunk but I definitely was NOT drunk)
Dinner: Thanks to Matt over at The Athlete's Plate for posting his favorite recipes. I swiped his recipe for black bean burgers and headed to the kitchen.
I tried to document in pics... except the finishing pic of me actually eating the creation...
Step One - get ingredients - CHECK!
Step 5: Add in cilantro - no pic
Step 6: Add in and pulse beans ... again no pic.
Step 7 - take bean/veggie mix and combine in bowl with bread crumbs, egg and spices.
Steo 10 - place on your favorite whole wheat bun, top with your fav veggies and VOILA!
I am clearly not a food photographer (or any real photographer for that matter) so sorry for the images.... I tried :)
This was one darn good black bean burger. The cilantro in the pattie along with the spices make it taste a little Mexican/Southwestern which is totally fine with me. I would put cilantro on anything. I topped mine with fresh spinach, tomato, avocado and a little feta cheese.
But the real test is ... what did Bill think?
He liked it so much he ate the third one! I sauteed mushrooms for his - he loves them; I hate them. He said he loved it and would like to add it into our dinner rotation.
All in all it was a deliciously filling dinner that is a recipe for the keeping. Thanks Matt for recipe! If you are interested in creating this black bean burger for yourself... click here!
What's your favorite burger and toppings??