A Hebrew school friend who I’ve caught up with on Facebook just posted some horrible news. The fake meat she added to her family’s vegetarian dinner last nite turned out to be real meat.
Oh the horror.
How did it happen, we all wanted to know. Turns out her mother-in-law (I think it was the mother-in-law) froze a little ground meat in a ziploc for her husband’s carnivorous meals when he was visiting.
The lesson my friend learned from this event was to clearly label those freezer bags.
But for me the incident just further reinforced my “not in my backyard” stand against meat. We don’t even let it in the house.
Another safeguard my family takes to preserve our children’s purity (and our own long term meat abstinence) is we do not eat in meat restaurants, cook as much as possible from scratch and avoid foods with questionable “natural flavors” as well as foods with mono- and di-glycerides.
Vegetarian eating is very easy. This is my 20th year as a vegetarian. Sure, I do find it a bit annoying that I get to eat out, like, hardly never (we don’t eat onion and garlic either, which is a bit limiting), but I am really really happy knowing what goes into my meals.
Speaking of which, I better get cooking.