Vegetarian Means Vegan, Right?

Actually vegetarians tend to differ from what Vegans consider themselves to be. The exact reasons for why, evade me at the moment.

I eat plenty of vegetables but also enjoy eggs so I think this means I may be a vegetarian but I am not a vegan because eggs are not on their menu. I need to watch my calories and weight.

Veganism, if I may, seems to be more like a religion than just a healthy eating regime. I think the term is applied to not only eggs but even to wearing things that may have once been alive, like leather.

I have no feelings on this one way or another and think our life choices are just that, our life choices.

Saturday, August 8, 2009

Find a Recipe by Ingredients You Have at Home

By Mike Sasaki

Tired from working all day at the office and not excited about going home and spending 2 hours cooking? We have all experienced his. And nobody wants to do dishes after working in the kitchen for a couple hours.

Let's stop eating out and ruining our health and our food budget. Although, it's easier to just pick something up on the way home from work, it's both expensive and unhealthy. My goal is to get us all into the kitchen and to realize that it's not as time consuming to cook at home, when done right.

Cooking is easier than you think and obviously healthier because you can control the ingredients that go into each meal.

What's the most important part of getting dinner to the table without turning your life upside down? Planning.

Step 1 - Get a calendar and list your meals for the week. I only cook Sunday - Thursday. It's important to make enough for lunch the following day. For example, if I'm making a meal on Monday, I try to make enough to take for lunch on Tuesday. This really saves a lot of money because a lunch will cost at least $5 per lunch.

Step 2 - Make a list of the ingredients you'll need and compare with the ingredients you already have at home.

Step 3 - Go to the grocery store with your list. This trip to the grocery store can take 30 minutes to an hour depending on when you go. I go to the store early Sunday morning to beat the rush.

Step 4 - This is the easiest step. Cook. Once you have all the ingredients at home, cooking is easy. Have you ever watched a cooking show and saw how easy it was for them to make the meal because everything was within arms reach? This is how it should be for you in the kitchen, each night.

Final step - Make your husband, wife or kids wash all the dishes. You did the hard part of buying the groceries and cooking the meal (even though cooking was the fun part...shhh), it's time for them to pitch in.

Soon, you will see your food budget decrease and your waistline will also decrease.

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