My on again off again relationship with vegetarianism/how to survive food

Recently I have gone back to being a vegetarian SHOCKING ( …not really actually) I have had an on again off again relationship with vegetarianism (is that a thing?) since late middle school. I first learned about vegetarians in middle school when two girls in my class informed me that they did not eat meat. I was super interested! How do you do that ? So what do you eat? What about the rest of your family? They answered all my questions and even brought up the idea of how they love their pets and animals so much why would they eat them if they don’t have to. (Fish are friends not food– I adopted that motto after Finding Nemo) I thought about this a lot I started researching and going to different websites and ordered vegan and vegetarian starter kits. These kits were really helpful in informing you about what you may already be eating that is vegan and things you can substitute. They also usually included some sort of information on different companies that were either doing animals right or adding to the cruelty and exploitation of animals.

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Chorizo!

I have a confession to make. I never enjoyed chorizo. It’s super greasy and was always too I don’t know, too something (maybe meaty). One day however I did decided to try soyrizo (vegetarian chorizo). BOOM hooked! Love the stuff I could seriously eat it everyday and not be sick of it. I normally make mineΒ with potatoes and onions sometimes bell peppers, eggs if I really feel like it (I’m not big into eggs they are actually quite gross) or just some tofu to stretch.

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Upton’s Natural Breakroom Sandwiches

I recently was on my way home from work with quite the drive ahead of me and a lack of lunch didn’t help. So I stopped at Whole Foods and picked up a pre-packaged Upton’s Naturals Seitan Salad Sandwich. It was pretty good I have never seen any place sell vegetarian/vegan sandwiches this way. Normally my best options are to stop at a Subway or other sandwich shop. The “chicken” salad was pretty tasty itself, it had mustard some sort of mayo and cranberries! The pretzel roll seemed a bit like too much bread for the amount of salad on the sandwich but it was bearable. All in all I would probably pick up another one of these bad boys if I was short on time. They also offer a few other sandwiches from uptons as well hopefully they are just as good.

If you live in the midwest especially in the Chicago area you can probably get your hands on Upton’s Breakroom sandwiches at the Upton breakroom on west grand ave in Chicago or at your local whole foods store.

-Jess