At first, we wanted to go straight Vegan -- a totally plant-based diet, with no dairy whatsoever. We purchased soy milk. After tasting several, we settled on "Silk Light" -- 100% lactose and dairy-free. For cheese, we purchased "Veggie Shreds" and "Veggie Slices," with pepper-jack flavor. We also bought "Earth Balance" -- a non-dairy, natural buttery spread and "Almond Butter" to replace our hydrogenated oil peanut butter.
So far, we "think" we are more vegan than vegetarian, but we realize it will be difficult to stay away from eggs. Of course, there is egg substitute, which I used this morning in our pancakes, so it is possible to cook and eat without eggs, but deviled eggs is a holiday tradition and I may not be able to pass them up. Of course, we both know there will be times when we may not stay totally true to the vegetarian lifestyle, but hopefully, those times will be few and far between. Also, for breakfast, we tried veggie bacon and sausage -- which we will not purchase again.
There are a couple of categories under the term "Vegetarian."
1) Semi-vegetarian may include fish or poultry on an infrequent basis;
2) Ovo-Lacto Vegetarian eats eggs and milk products:
(a) Ovo-Vegetarian eats eggs but no dairy
(b) Lacto-Vegetarian eats dairy but no eggs.
It has only been a week without meat, so we're still trying to figure it all out and certainly have a lot to learn. We went out to eat with the kids after church on Sunday -- buffet at Pizza Inn. We ate a salad and asked for a veggie pizza, which they made for us -- so we had both veggie and cheese pizza.
We've had both veggie burgers and veggie chicken patties and liked them both. Most days we've had salads -- similar to this one we had for lunch today with lettuce, spinach, broccoli, pico de gallo and topped with various nuts and dried fruit, along with wheat crackers smeared with Almond butter.
We have had fruit smoothies most days as well, with all kinds of fruit, such as strawberries, blueberries, mango, pineapple, etc -- frozen with no sugar added. We have not had a problem finding something to eat, but like I said previously, we know we still have a lot to learn.
Moving on...there have been two more sets of baby goats born this week -- 2 females and 2 males for a total of 6.
May God continue to bless our voyage, as well as our family and friends near and far.