What do you think?
***It is better to ask forgiveness than beg permission.***
Mark Bittman (writer for NYTIMES) had a campaign going for people to eat vegetarian at least 1x a week.....it's amazing the difference that act alone would make for our environment.
Taking meat "out of the center of the plate" and using it as additions or garnish, has long been a way to save $ and depending on whatelse is on that plate, health.
I've got so many vegetarian friends and clients that there's always enough food on the table for them to be happy. Things like risotto will be vegetarian....no meat stock. Tonight the baby greens will be dressed with shallot vinagrette and topped with cold beef tongue (caper mayo on the side)....
mustard greens will have lots of garlic & onions but no bacon.....bean salad will have lovage & radishes....asparagus will be as simple as possible.....quark with tomato paste from the freezer....shiitake mushroom pate (sans meat)....chicken hearts.....you get the jist..
Last week it was corny polenta with morel ragout running down the middle and wilted spicy greens mix, watercress salad, asparagus with bamboo shoots, ham with coarse mustard, multigrain bread, cheese coarse....local cheeses/crackers/kumquats, dessert was first of the season strawberries & rhubarb. Leave off the minimal amount of meats and they are vegetarian.