I am sure you have gathered that Hugo is nothing short of a fantastic, near -perfect husband by now and you wouldn’t not be wrong in that assessment. I only say ‘near-perfect’ because we are all human and none of us are perfect; should one come close though, it would be my Hugo. Throughout the past fifteen years together, he has only grown more loving, thoughtful and caring, about both my wants and needs. One of my recent ‘wants’ has been an easy transition into vegetarianism and thankfully Hugo has also embraced this lifestyle change with open and willing arms.
Because he loves to cook (and I love to eat), Hugo has been making some delicious, meat-free meals for his love bug (yes, that’s me). I decided it would be nice to share some of those recipes here, in hopes of bringing a little more vegetarian love into your home this weekend.
A few weeks ago, Hugo made Chef John’s Mushroom Burgers and they were to die for. Pan fry and pair them with some sliced avocado, sauteed onions, melted cheese and a toasted brioche bun and you have yourself one of the best and healthiest burger options possible.
After basking in mushroom burger-goodness for three solid days, Hugo decided to make Bon Appetit’s version of Ratatouille Pasta. This perfect blend of late Summer veggies transform into a decadent and satisfying dish, unlike any other veggie pasta meal we have had.
My hope in sharing these recipes is that someone, or a few someones, out there, in the great big world, will find some joy and healthy nourishment out of food that is both good for the body and our struggling planet. Just this week, one of the largest headlines concerns the fact that the Amazon rain forest is burning down, due to farmers clearing land to raise cattle. While we all know growing food and raising animals require cleared pastures and fields, it is disturbing and sad to see our of our most bio-diverse areas, that is responsible for producing 20% of the world’s oxygen, disappearing at an alarming rate.
If not for your health, or the animal welfare aspect, of choosing to be vegetarian, maybe, just maybe, do it for our planet. We are all in this together and if we don’t start making decisions as individuals for the greater good, we are all going to be royally fucked.