our view on fish–and mock tuna salad
July 19, 2010, 8:25 pm
Filed under: beans, food issues, meat, recipe, salad | Tags: , ,

Here at the acres we eat a vegetarian diet. I really hate having that conversation with people–well do you eat ___? how about ___? It just ends up getting into a place where you’re feeling like you’re not militant enough, or something. And it’s weird when you think about it. You don’t ask a meatarian that many questions about their diet do you? How many meals have you had without meat meatarian? Are you really a meatarian? Ugh. Dislike this convo.

Anyhow for the record, we’re living a lacto-ovo vegetarian diet. We’ve got the chickens to get serious about it. Can we deal with the ethical issues around keeping an animal and using its products? That’s the challenge.

Our commitment is pretty pure I think, no gelatin in the yogurt and that kind of thing. But who knows there’s lots of animal products hiding in some difficult to pronounce ingredients I’m sure. And then, if you eat out, who knows what’s in there. I ask about the kind of stock in innocuous sounding things, cause it’s always in there somewhere. But we do what we can. See I’m feeling bad just writing it. We could be better. And I know I make an exception for a marshmallow or two in the summer for a smore. But I don’t feel good about it!

And then there’s the fish. Ok, so now we sound even worse. Fish tacos are good. I like fish tacos. That’s the only fish we cook at home–a couple of times a year. We haven’t had them this year, as I’m trying to really get more serious about no fish no where. Fish fry, well that’s ok to have out now and again. Of course, it’s hard to find a good one in Pittsburgh.

Well for what it’s worth, that’s the story. We eat what we eat and try to be thoughtful about it. And on that note, this article about Tuna is worth sharing. I think it’s a good argument for being more serious about avoiding fish. We have other options to eat so why don’t we eat more of that? I sure wish restaurants would help us with that. We have no trouble at home, but dining out, it’s just plain annoying to see that in many cities it’s unnecessarily difficult to find a good vegetarian option on the menu. And why is there no great vegetarian cooking show on food network?? How hard is it? The food is fantastic people!!! There are unlimited options for great vegetarian food. Is the food network sponsored so heavily by the meat industry or what?? Please explain?!

Oh and read the article on tuna. It’ll make you think twice about your tuna sandwich, or fishburger.

I’m going to try this tuna-free tuna salad recipe and work to eliminate tuna from my diet.

Mock Tuna Salad Turdacres Style
1 15 oz can chickpeas drained
1/3 cup chopped celery
2 small dill pickles (1/4 cup?)
1/2 tbsp nutritional yeast
1 tsp soy sauce
2 green onions chopped
1 tsp dill
pepper to taste
enough mayonnaise to suit you at least 1/3 cup
1 tbsp bottled lemon juice

Mash up all ingredient in bowl. Serve as you would a tuna sandwich. It’s pretty good.
The original recipe creates a big of a smoky kind of taste. Maybe the kelp would brighten it up a bit. Anyhow I made it up the original way and then decided to doctor it up as we like our tuna salad–lots of pickles, more green onion, lemon for some zip and dill. The kids and I pronounced it pretty good! Definitely a keeper. You should try it and save a tuna!


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