It seems to me that most times people make a polar dietary changes because of a life event, or an awareness that has come to light resulting in a life style change. Generally speaking the most common changes result in taking things out of your diet- gluten, dairy, meat. I for one have went the other way. For many years I was back and forth from a lacto-ovo vegetarian, vegetarian with chicken only, to pescitarian, to lacto-ovo vegetarian again, to whatever I feel like in the moment, to now I eat everything. Don’t worry, I still can’t keep my dietary timeline straight. While I was raised a vegetarian on religious grounds, the biggest reason I revisited leaving meat out of my diet was purely because of how it made me feel; I always felt better. Although I enjoy meat occasionally, especially after learning how to properly cook meat in culinary school, I still prefer most of my weekly meals be vegetarian. I only started eating meat for two reasons.
- Curiosity. Chicken always looked so good on those KFC commercials. Ironically enough I despise KFC chicken.
- My 16 year-old confused teenage body felt as if I was deprived and limited by my vegetarian diet and thought the best way to solve that problem was to add school cafeteria chicken sandwiches to it- yes, I’m embarrassed to admit it but it’s the truth.
You’re probably wondering why I’m talking about being a vegetarian on a blog starting off with “Beef…!” Well because this dish can really be catered both ways. I had ground beef in the fridge that needed to be used so I threw it in. I’m really that simple and straightforward. Okay, it was 7:00pm on a Thursday night and quiet honestly I didn’t have time to think more than I needed to. I found an eggplant in my fridge, realized my carnivore husband would not approve of a vegetarian dish after a long day at work, reached for the ground beef that was yelling “TAKE ME!” and that was how this happened. However, as I was cooking the eggplant in the wok I realized that this dish could easily be made with veggies and tofu, ground chicken, or ground pork. It’s a simple cook your veggies and meat, stir in the sauce, add noodles, toss, and done kind of dish. I’m pretty certain that the next time we make this dish it will be with tofu and broccoli…I hope Darren’s okay with that.