The 1-2-3s of Veggies
“What are you watching?” my sister asked as I painted my nails sitting on the carpet of my parents’ living room floor.
“Stay,” I said, “Mom saved the Oprah with Michael Pollan. He’s the dude who wrote the book that I’m making dad read.”
And that’s all it took.
My sister watched in horror as chickens, so burdened, so physically burdened, with the weight of their unnaturally large breasts, that they could only crank out a few steps before collapsing. She stopped eating meat after that. It’s been just over a month now. And she has no idea what to eat.
Sherry mostly ate meat-centered dishes, like most of the country. She’s been experimenting with pasta salads. Which is exactly what I did when I started cooking. It’s good practice: cooking vegetables, boiling pasta (with salted water), creating a dressing and seasoning it all.
But she’s looking for more. Last week she called me from Trader Joe’s. Mom and her were trying to find something for her new diet. She asked if I’ve ever heard of masala. I told her yes and that chicken tika masala was the first Indian dish she tried. She bought it and made the dish above.
1. Start liking beans
2. Look to other cuisines for inspiration
3. If all else fail, put an egg on it