My return to eating meat progresses. It was definitely weird at first, but is slowly getting easier. There have been a few bumps in the road. On one of my first attempts, I picked up brown rice, salmon and avocado sushi at Whole Foods, thinking it was just about the heart-healthiest thing I could eat. It may have been healthy, but I wasn't ready for sushi yet. I literally could not eat it. On the other hand, I went out to dinner with a friend and it was a fun to have the whole menu to choose from rather than being restricted to one or two dishes or just the sides. I had French Onion Soup for the first time in nine years, and it was delicious. I've made my own vegetarian version a couple of times, but it was never quite the same.
Of course, having all those options can backfire. I went in to Moby Dick planning to maybe grab some kebab for lunch, panicked when faced with all of those choices and just ordered falafel instead. The completely unhealthy high point of this particular journey was my realization that since I am no longer a strict vegetarian, I could have rice krispie treats again. I may have gone on a small rice krispie treat related binge.
I'm learning how to cook non-vegetarian food again, which is going to take a while. But I have one old favorite recipe that I've resurrected. I give you Bad Penguin's tuna salad for people who hate mayonnaise:
1 can of tuna
1 tablespoon country style Dijon mustard (the grainy kind)
1 teaspoon capers
1 ½ teaspoons lemon pepper mix
1 rib of celery, chopped
Mix all of the ingredients together with a fork, then serve on toast with lettuce. Easy-peasey and tasty too.