Swap Meat

America is about hotdogs and applesauce, hamburgers and french fries, and steak. Yes, yes, yes, BUT it's also about innovation and open mindedness. We believe strongly that the unexamined diet is not worthy eating, and we feel everyone can learn an enormous amount by experimenting, if only briefly, with certain dietary restrictions. To complete this feat, then, you must go vegetarian one day a week over the five weeks of the challenge. Don't panic. Try tofu and seitan. They're awesome.

Yes you can!

(Image: MuseInTheCity.)

The challenge this feat relates to: 
Instructions: Login or Register to complete a feat! Swear that you're honest, then click!

Authored on 12.22.09 at 03:01 by Oliver.


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VivaAviva 01:41 12/30/2009
sarah6211 13:01 01/04/2010
notoriousjbg 22:42 01/04/2010
Llaves 01:00 01/05/2010
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sarahz 13:34 01/06/2010
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michlny 12:35 01/08/2010
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kmurtagh 14:20 01/11/2010
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Swap Meat Related Posts


SeryiStar on 02/19/2010 - 11:55 Comment


I'm vegan... can I still claim it? I'll do an extra one or two just to play it safe.

Llaves's picture

As an added twist (since I'm veggie), I'm going to eat vegan once a week!

jenniechris's picture

How about tempeh?  Like it better than seitan.....

michlny's picture

I don't really eat much meat - occasionally organic turkey.  This one will be easy.  I already do it. 

Have sushi a few times of the week...but mostly, beans, veggies, grains and fruit.  I'll have tofu every now and then.  Tempeh.  Seitan, I don't love, don't think wheat gluten is so great....

Not that y'all care ;)

michlny's picture

I've decided to start the new year by going vegetarian for the first three months.  I suppose I shouldn't check this yet but I will be!

kmurtagh's picture

This is an easy one.  I'm vegan.  Although I mostly buy the mock meats for my carniverous friends and family, I just bought Tofurkey (vegan) Italian Sausage for this social workout.  I guess I will make a vegan paella.  I am accepting reservations.  But sorry, no alcohol will be served, and no sugar, only whole grains.....

VeganDiva's picture

I feel slightly ignorant asking this, but can you have eggs if you are a vegetarian?  Some guidance would be much appreciated!!  

yeahredgymnast's picture

Hey Y.R.G. I'm just as ignorant. I posed that question in the office during our Eat.Sweat.Blog. challenge, and it caused quite a lot of discussion. I believe the general consensus was that vegetarians can eat eggs. I remember thinking this was convenient, though I've never been fully convinced on the principles of it. I mean, without getting wildly controversial here, couldn't an egg be considered an animal; esp. a fertilized egg. (Which comes first chicken or egg, right? But certainly neither exists without the other.) My own take: I'm ok with eggs from happy (organic, free range) chickens. But I think this might deserve a poll tomorrow....

Oliver's picture

Hey michlny: We totally care! And especially the entirely marketing dept. from Whole Foods Chicago cares, and they're doing the challenge too, so maybe they'll start a conversation at W.F.M. about wheat gluten and Seiten, and this comment will change the world! Really.

Oliver's picture

I can do this.  I'm not vegan, but I do frequently eat vegan meals.  I can still have cheese, though, right?  Real cheese made from cow milk or goat milk?

have5cats's picture

I'm mostly vegan and gluten free but I end up eating fish a few times a week to make sure I get enough protein. So, my challenge is going to be to COOK something that's protein rich AND vegan & gluten free once a week every week for this challenge. Should be interesting...

Raviahmad's picture

Done!  Been vegan for 12 years...

tiffany's picture

I'm a total omnivore (just went out for ribs for my 33rd b-day) but I cook vegetarian or vegan 95% of the time, 'cause having dead flesh in my fridge grosses me out.  So this is one for me!

samritchie's picture

Thanks Oliver!!  The principles were definitely what made me ask the question in the first place.  I think I'm going to try to do vegetarian days without eggs, but its good information to have as a back up should the need arise.  Thanks for the help! :-) 

yeahredgymnast's picture

Like a few others, I'm already mostly vegetarian. Goal: cook a new vegan recipe each week - don't fall back on the standards!

konstanzepr31's picture

My Low Tech Tracking Comment: Signing on for this one. I'm normally on a "happy meat only" plan, i.e. organic, or free range, or cage free, etc. Effectively, I don't eat too much meat, but I'll be more rigorous about it during the challenge.

Week of....

01/11: I know there was a day when I had yogurt for breakfast, kale for dinner, and something veggie for lunch.

01/18: ??

Oliver's picture

I eat a "mostly plants" diet, occasional fish and happy dairy.  This one shouldn't be hard.

@HereNow's picture

I'm already meat free, so have decided to follow some others and go vegan one day a week!

lurtle's picture

Bah. This is the one that's the biggest challenge for me and I seriously hated doing it last week.  I'm soy and gluten intolerant, and extremely sensitive to beans, grains and dairy.  And rice, oddly enough, makes me blow up to the point where my rings don't fit anymore.

....so, um, eggs it is, I guess.  Must trudge onward if only to prove to myself that it can be done, but I'm not happy about it.

runleenarun's picture

This is easy peasy for me! I incorporate vegetarian meals into my diet all the time!

nicole0703's picture

I already go vegetarian several days a week (eat fish on the other days).  This is a great one for everyone to work on :)

greengirl20's picture

oops, i hit feat accompli not realizing the timeframe here. oh well, i know i am going to complete this one anyway!

syrupandhoney's picture

Marking this one now in order to keep track of feats. (For future challenges, could there be one button that says Joined and a second that says Feat Accompli? That would be nice, so that you'd have the Feats column of what you signed up for, and then could just check it off at the end.) I have one more meatless meal to go (next week) and this has been easy so far, as I try to eat veggie other than dinner most days anyway, so I will definitely complete it.

neversent's picture

thanks to an evening dinner of goat cheese & cucumbers on water crackers, I've rounded out my last go veggie day, and am taking great pleasure in that little green check mark.

sandyliz's picture

my swap meat days consisted of beans, tofu, quinoa, steel cut oats and lots of veggies. The challenege for me was having all meals in a day meatless - I regularly have a veggie suppers, but have meat at lunch on those days.

gleam's picture

I went full vegetarian on 1-14, 1-18, 1-25, 1-26, 2-2, 2-3, and 2-8.  The following days I THINK were vegetarian, but I had fish and / or eggs on these days, so I feel they are debatable:  1-11, 1-20, 1-21, 1-24, 1-28, 1-30, 2-1, and 2-4.  So in the 33 days of the challenge, I definitely had 7 vegetarian days (easily once a week), and 8 of what I am calling "iffy" vegetarian days.  Pretty good for a girl who loves steak!

yeahredgymnast's picture

this one completely surprised me - as it turns out, i "accidentally" swap meat really pretty often. i don't think i've ever considered it before, but going veggie for a day or two a week happened naturally for me.  good to realize!

twinklefee's picture

Not so hard.  I rarely eat meat.

@HereNow's picture

Last meatless day of the challenge was yesterday. My typical bran flakes + yogurt for breakfast. Lunch = potato leek soup + one of my homemade sweet potato whole wheat muffins with toasted pecans, cardamom and ginger. Dinner = tomato vegetable soup and leftover maduros from Cuban dinner the night before.

neversent's picture

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