Meatless Monday Is Harder Than I Thought

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Ed. note: Along with our booze correspondent, food critic Scott Reitz is trying his mouth at going meatless on Mondays. They'll occasionally relay their experiences. So far Scott sucks at it.

It sounded soooooooo easy. Drop meat on Mondays -- it'll help save the world and shit. And it's only one day a week. How hard can it be?

Turns out it's hard. Or I'm just dumb and lazy. Or maybe both?

The first Monday of the year I completely forgot Meatless Monday was a thing that existed. In fact, I think that after cooking and eating sausages from Bolsa Mercado and Kuby's and drinking beer all day that Sunday, I completely forgot it was Monday at all.

No problem, I thought. I'll put a little reminder-type thing on my iPhone so I wake up to a don't eat meat message every meatless Monday. And it worked! Yesterday I had lunch at Avila's and ate beans and guacamole and salsa. Nice, right?

Then I worked until 8. And because Herrera's is stumbling distance from my office, and because I'm a glutton for punishment who eats repetitively and compulsively, and because when pressed for time I couldn't think of anything else without meat in it, I decided to have Tex-Mex for dinner after having Tex-Mex for lunch.

I scanned the menu and found a number with a guacamole tostada, a cheese enchilada, and a cheese taco and ordered. Perfect, I thought. Meatless Monday is going to make me fatter as it morphs into a bean and cheese Tex-Mex Monday. And then my food came 14 seconds later.

There was chili con carne on the cheese enchilada. Any my cheese taco was another cheese enchilada. And because I have a propensity to think it's annoying when vegetarians ask too many questions as they order food, and I was convinced I had ordered incorrectly, I shut up and ate it. I was a failure.

I was flat-out wrong to think that giving up meat one day a week was a thoughtless and easy sacrifice, especially for a devoted carnivore. Still, the benefits warrant the effort, and I'm determined to be meatless on Monday at least 50 days this year.

But I could use a sherpa. Let's have it comment folks, what are your go to meatless dishes in Dallas? Maybe next Monday I'll hit the Spiral Diner or V-Spot cafe. In vegan restaurants it's impossible to make a mistake, right?


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41 comments
redrockingchair
redrockingchair

Agreed with Barbara -- don't be too hard on yourself. Cutting out four basic ingredients (cow, pig, chicken, fish [or other seafood]) that comprised a large portion of your previous diet is a big change, even when only one day a week. I don't know any omnivores, including myself, who became vegetarians or vegans without accidentally eating animal products during the initial few weeks to months. Thanks for making the effort and writing about it!

Krystal
Krystal

Chipotle has a vegetarian bowl that includes guacamole instead of meat. Just skip the cheese and sour cream and your good. Taco Cabana has a small black bean burrito that is good but definitely not very filling. And Genghis Grill offers tofu for their bowls. Good luck!!

Veganterra
Veganterra

Try italian, pasta, pizza or middle eastern falafal, hummus, add roasted veggies or mushrooms to anything, mashed potatoes, corn on the cob. Just about anywhere you go the staff should have some good suggestions or modifications to the offerings. Good luck and happy eating!

Marshall
Marshall

Sol's Nieto on Mockingbird at Skillman can do vegan pretty well. It's my spot to indulge in Tex-Mex without the beaten animal ingredients.

William Bejack
William Bejack

For a meatless monday:

Breakfast: A bowl of cerealLunch: Chipotle Vegetarian burrito, bowl, etc. with black beans (the pinto beans are made with bacon)Dinner: Spiral Diner

From the grocery stores, look for the vegetarian meals.

Bsanderson
Bsanderson

Cosmic Cafe...impossible to go wrong there and SOOO delicious.

ItAin'tMeat,Babe.
ItAin'tMeat,Babe.

It ain't easy being green, eh? Kalachandji's is a must. Buzzbrews also has some awesome veggie fare. Thai food is always an easy veggie option. and at Malai Kitchen you can substitute tofu (grilled or fried) for any of their meat entrees. Their iron pot green curry is the tits. 

Barbara Huning
Barbara Huning

It's a habit change. Let's give the guy kudos for deciding to do this instead of criticizing him for not having it all put together instantly. Habit change is not easy when your habit is all strung together with all of the other demands of your work day. I hear him asking for ideas about meatless lunch and dinner options that fit into his work routine. Let's give him some of those instead of giving him a hard time. Scott, here's a list of veg restaurants in the Dallas area:http://www.happycow.net/north_...

Here are a few of the things I do: 1. Chinese is usually an easy option. 2. I can always get potatoes and a salad at a burger joint. 3. Mexican: I ask for extra beans and rice, hold the cheese/sour cream (I'm vegan), and extra lettuce/tomato. I just say "hold the meat and cheese". 4. Many places now have a grilled portobello mushroom option on the burger menu, or even a veggie burger.

Have fun and don't worry- you'll find the places and the menu options that you really like. It takes a while to try different things and find out what you like, what's close and what works best all around. Give yourself permission to take the time you need to experiment and don't give yourself flak if you don't find a decent option on any given week. As you gain experience you'll find ways to protect yourself from being stuck, starving, and ending up eating meat. I did. The first 6 months it happened repeatedly to me, and I figured out how to make it all work. One thing I did was to keep things in my office just in case:- Instant oatmeal- Nuts- Fruit (fresh or dried)- Lara Bars or other high-protein bars (two of these covers a meal for me in a pinch)

Have fun and good going!! You really are "saving the world and shit"!

John Oberg
John Oberg

Back about three years ago when I first went vegetarian (meatless SEVEN days a week!) it was hard for the first few days, then suddenly it got super easy! I imagine that even though your first Meatless Monday was a little bit of a fail (hardly, though), every one from here on out will get easier, I promise. Thanks for being one of the many people giving this new concept a chance! A little challenge to yourself can have some HUGE rewards--congrats!

Maynard S. Clark
Maynard S. Clark

Maybe it's a lifestyle change you want.

I take food to the office, and if you work THAT late (as I do - well, 7:30 pm), a whole foods vegetarian entree found in conventional grocery stores could be stored in the freezer, then warmed around the time you need to salve your hunger.But be careful of piling on too many calories while working at a sedentary job or set of tasks.  Another option might be making a fresh salad in the morning and slicing half a tomato onto that salad before indulging in the savory chewing pleasure.  Also, a small baked potato can add THREE contrasting Ts for your cold salad: TASTE, TEMPERATURE, TEXTURE... 

Steve
Steve

Two Sisters To Go on Gaston has a really good salad selection. Pastas, Veggies, Greens etc. Several are meatless.  Check out the Salad Sampler where you pick three of anything in the case.

James Scott
James Scott

It's not just Herrera's. In my pre-vegan days, I was confused at many Tex-Mex locations when a "cheese taco" apparently meant a cheese enchilada. That's just the way cheese taco go I guess.Spiral & Kalachandji's are both closed on Mondays, so they'll be no help. In fact, many of the veg-restaurants are closed on Mondays, which kinda doesn't help the Meatless Monday cause.

V-Spot is definitely an option, and there are lots of others to think about. Obviously ethnic foods are good too (Indian, Thai, Chinese).

TheCouple NextDoor
TheCouple NextDoor

Even as crunchy-granola type folks as we are, we don't actually do the whole meatless Monday thing. If we were going to eat out specifically with that in mind though, what about maybe Kalachandji's? 

There's also a little place in Allen called Hedary's that had some nice looking veg friendly stuff.

cp
cp

Just make a big pot of vegetable soup, freeze it in portions, and every Sunday night take a container out and eat it at your desk the next day. 

Also, I'm pretty sure Herrera's puts bacon in their beans. 

Josh's broken records
Josh's broken records

If'n sweet baby Jesus, up in his gilded manger, didn't want us to eat meat..he wouldn't of made animals so tasty and easily harvested.  More dead animal for me, I reckon..

Giselle
Giselle

50 Meatless Monday is a great goal to start out! Don't become discouraged, I'm sure you'll find out that many restaurants in your area (not just Tex-Mex) offer vegan or vegetarian options. You are helping improve the lives of millions of suffering animals and the environment itself by spreading the word on Meatless Mondays! Not to mention all the numerous health benefits of eating less meat. Goodluck!

therrick
therrick

I have no real suggestions on where to go. When I go meatless I do that at home for the most part. Much easier.

Brian
Brian

Cosmic Cafe down oaklawn from your office. also yo ucan do pretty good job of it at Black Eyed pea on cedar springs, Lucky's and Good Eats on oaklawn.

Bobby M.
Bobby M.

Good for you for trying Scott! I hope you'll find it to be a successful venture and I look forward to hearing more about how it goes. There's a great web site, DallasVegan.com that lists veg and veg-friendly restaurants you might want to check out too.

matt
matt

Dont forget the use of lard

Snack Perkins
Snack Perkins

That enchilada looks like it would give me a mean case of hot farts.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

I'm trying to figure out why not eating meat on any given day would be hard?  Are you addicted to meat, sir?  

anon
anon

Cosmic Cafe just down the street from the Observer office on Oak Lawn is vegetarian/vegan and pretty tasty too.

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

I order and enchilada and cheese taco at another joint and the cheese taco came out as a cheese enchilada as well.  Wonder if this is a trend or just some small nuance that I never noticed bc I had never ventured to other parts of the menus.

Krego's National Space Divide
Krego's National Space Divide

Yuck!  Why would I order it WITHOUT cheese and sour cream?  Otherwise it would taste like a boat.  You do NOT bring good examples of how to be a happy vegetarian......maybe that's why veggo's seem distan, and frail?  

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

Each Herrera's is different, so you really have to ask.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

Soup in the freezer is great-made two batches last week. Chicken and turkey. Tonight-jambalaya.

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

I've been checking it out. I just need to spend a little more time there.

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

No terlit for you Jack; I mean, Snack.  It's toilet prohibition time. Hot farts and bloody rump........ahhh, the great equalizer!

cp
cp

I asked that same question the last time this subject came up, do people suffer from the DT's when they don't eat a pound of flesh three times a day? 

ScottsMerkin
ScottsMerkin

essactly, sometimes I think my wife is avoiding meat on any day that ends in day

cp
cp

Yeah, if you enjoy the taste of cotton balls.

cp
cp

What, you CAN'T TASTE BACON????

Kergo 1 Spaceship
Kergo 1 Spaceship

I guess?  I love meat beef; but I can go one day without it.  Also, if'n you "be" busy, and you miss a couple of meals........guess what?.....you'll (or I'll) be fine!  Like I always tell folks that work on projects with me....."eat before you come, cause we ain't stoppin'!". 

Scott Reitz
Scott Reitz

If I taste the bacon I've missed the point haven't I?

cp
cp

That's my point. How the hell hard is it to go without any kind of animal for one stinkin day? 

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