But it was also a meatballs and spaghetti, chicken and rice, ham on Easter, roast on Sundays, hotdogs in the summer household.
And by that I mean, we ate meat. And we ate a lot of it.
We ate it with every meal.
And now Travis and I eat it with almost every meal. While learning to cook, it never occurred to me that I should learn how to cook meals without meat.
I think the primary thing that people know about Mormons these days, is that we don't drink alcohol, smoke cigarettes, or drink coffee or tea (except herbal tea.)
This doctrine comes from a revelation often referred to as "The Word of Wisdom."
The crazy thing is, though, that's not all the Word of Wisdom directs us to do.
A lot of people, including members of the LDS church, may not realize that the Word of Wisdom also encourages us to eat fruit in its season, to eat a lot of grains (it should be the "staff of life" it says), and to only eat meat in times of winter, cold, or famine.
I've reread this several times lately, trying to decide if it means what I think.
Or rather, trying to convince myself that it doesn't mean what I fear.
I think I have to be a vegetarian in the summer.
But summer is the time of hotdogs and burgers on the grill! Of teriyaki shish-kabobs! Of meaty hobo dinners cooked on a camp fire!
I don't know how to make meat free meals (at all. I've got like three in my entire repertoire), but this spring - starting in... May sometime, I guess, Travis and I are going to try to be meat free (at least 5 days a week.)
That being said, we will still eat fish and seafood - because I'm pretty sure that doesn't count, and since I love meat and am not against it for moral reasons, recipes that call for chicken broth, eggs, or a few bacon slices, etc are not necessarily out the window.
But please, leave me comments and links to your favorite meat free or seafood recipes.
I'm trying to build up my stack of meatless meals that are satisfying and filling.
It's not long.
So far that list consists of:
Bean soup (which is too hot for summer.)
This other bacon bean soup, which actually has meat in it.
Quinoa Taco Salad
And Wild rice casserole with the chicken replaced by mushrooms. As you can see, this list needs work.
Hopefully, this will help our family eat better, feel healthier, spend less money on groceries, and be better at following the commandments.
What do you think of our goal?
Do you have any advice for first-time vegetarians?