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How to Be a Vegetarian Who Never Eats Vegetables

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Doritos. A McDonald's cheeseburger, hold the patty. Grilled cheese. Breakfast burritos. Fries. Extra fries.

This was my former boss' diet. She called herself a vegetarian. I became enamored with her choices. She managed to be a vegetarian and never eat a vegetable. Well, except for the three pickles on the no-meat cheeseburger.

Wait, does a pickle even count as a vegetable?

This was the most intimate I had ever been with a vegetarian. I had never seen these eating rituals up close, and I couldn't stop watching. If the Planet Earth series existed then, I would have been Sigourney Weaver, narrating the hidden habits of a rare breed of non-meat eating, non-vegetable eating human. Like Sigouney's ability to stay aloof to the wonders of nature, I too never became trapped in her unhealthy world. Although sometimes, it's fun to dabble.

My recent dinner at Adams Morgan's Casa Oaxaca reminded me of my old boss: a vegetarian meal without a vegetable on the plate. And as you might imagine, my cheesy, richly sauced dish was worth the lack of nutrients.

Three corn tortillas were rolled tightly around melted mozzarella, treading in a poblano-chocolate mole. More than three-quarters of the plate was dark, with the mole and a side of vegetarian refried beans. Color popped through with a conservative spoonful of rice. Shredded Oaxacan cheese and good old regular cream broke the spell of this hypnotic, almost black-brown sauce.

It was a meatless—and vegetable-less—dish my boss would be proud of.

Photo courtesy of Casa Oaxaca

  • BS

    hell yeah....sounds like a great vegetarian dish to me! I would not need meat if I was allowed to eat melted cheese and refried beans every day. I?

  • b

    Does this piece have a point?

  • miked

    love it! i once was this type of veggie. i've come back to my old habits, now i just eat meat and drink coffee. still no veggies.

  • Dave

    Interesting post. I think as a vegetarian it is important to be a healthy one. I fell in the trap of being a junk vegetarian instead of including more fruits and vegetables in my diet. I joined some free newsletters to help me.

    1) The Vegetarian Society

    2) Savvy Vegetarian

    3) Vegetarian Newbie

  • Joan The Vegetarian Moreau

    Thanks for your post. A lot of people become vegetarians, but they become unhealthy vegetarians simply because they don't know where to start. It is always advisable to do just as Dave said and include more vegetables and fruits in one's diet.

  • Boogie

    Anyone have any good website for freebies. Information on health and vegetarians. Any websites with good vegetarian recipes and skin care. I like the newsletter that you can get in the mail on vegetarian info. Anyone have any good information to share.

    Thank You

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