Dear sparkpeople.com recipes,
I greatly appreciated it when I was able to sign up for recipes to be sent to my inbox. Score!
It was even better when I saw you gave me several options for types of recipes that I would like to receive. I very hastily checked both vegetarian and vegan boxes.
You see, sparkpeople.com recipes, I already have a ton of meat based recipes and cookbooks.
I was looking forward to getting some more mainstream vegetarian/vegan ideas because the recipes from places like vegweb.com and veganyumyum.blogspot.com tend to terrify even my most accommodating of omnivore friends. (<3 you all) While I definitely do not want to "convert" anyone, when I have house guests it would be nice to be able to cook them something that won't cause them to immediately burst into tears/flames when they realize no animal products aside from possible rennet free cheese or organic milk/yogurt/cottage cheese were used.
Again, this is not for conversion purposes, this is because I often cook to the beat of my own drum, which requires me to taste or be extremely familiar with what I am doing. Since I no longer eat any animal byproducts/meats I could not ensure the tasty deliciousness of my homemade meals or baked goods.
Also, I would like to prove to people like.. a certain friend of mine who seems to believe no meat = salad or rabbit food, that this just simply isn't the case.
So on to the recipe for today... I did a bit of a double take when I saw Bavarian Beef as the title of the message from you this morning. I clicked it anyway to see if perhaps it was one of those "substitution" type recipes.
Well, sparkpeople.com recipes, this has lead me to a question... Your little note said:
"Dear Helen, Here is your vegetarian recipe for the day!
This classic German stew is made with lean trimmed beef stew meat and cabbage."
Now okay, I can still see where maybe this is a dish made using some of those awful fake meats... Surely you wouldn't send me a recipe for real Bavarian beef, and make a comment about it being vegetarian...
So I scrolled to:
* 1-1/4 lb. lean beef stew meat (trimmed of fat), cut in 1-inch pieces"
So, sparkpeople.com recipes, did you think when I checked vegetarian/vegan recipe options that I meant I wanted a vegan cow?
Thank you for the laughs.