Marquis is back today with a post about one of his favorite subjects, meat!
I am about to say something that people who know me might be shocked about. Not a small shock either, but one that could take years off of their lives, change their hair color and maybe even cause them to doubt everything they have ever been told… by anyone! Here it is: Becoming a vegetarian is something I could be comfortable with if it weren’t for one thing. Are you surprised?
The truth is I really do love vegetables, even though I’m not totally sure how that happened. Asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, onions and so many others taste so good and can be prepared in so many different ways. Anyone who says that you would get bored by making the choice to be a vegetarian really doesn’t know what they are talking about.
So, what is that one little thing that is keeping me from making the switch?
In a word, Meat.
Pork, beef, chicken, fish, elk, bear, venison, caribou and all the rest are good eating, add tons of flavors and textures you can’t get in other natural foods and as much as some people don’t want to face it, they are healthy too.
I’m not saying you should eat a whole cow, at least not in one sitting, or go on a bender eating your weight in bacon, but when eaten in moderation meat is not only good for you, in my opinion it is an essential ingredient in a healthy life. If you look at the human body, we were created (or evolved, whichever you prefer) to eat meat. Out teeth, guts, eyes, and brain all point to an omnivore. Veggies are good, and can be made even better when they are sitting next to a nice juicy steak.
I know that there are all kinds of reasons that people use to choose a vegetarian or even vegan lifestyle. I am not saying that they are wrong, everyone has the right to make their own choices. What I am saying is that I’m not wrong either.
I do think that is important to know where your meat is coming from, how was it prepared and what it was fed. A good ethical, wholesome source is critical to be able to get the best quality, flavor and texture. So, heat up the grill, pre-heat the oven, or do whatever else might be needed to get ready, but in my opinion, you should never feel guilty for enjoying good food.
And remember, meat is murder. Tasty, tasty murder.