Eating and cooking meat is something that tbh I’m not very proud of doing, and for a number of reasons. First and foremost, I think it’s cruel, unnecessary, and a completely gluttonous act. I have the privilege of affordable and convenient access to a diverse and fully nutritious diet consisting entirely of non-flesh, so there is literally no utilitarian for my meat consumption. Eating vegetarian is largely cheaper — in the war between a 99 cent can of beans vs an $8 package of chicken breasts that will go bad in my fridge, legumes win every time. Still, there’s a part of culture, my culture, that I feel connected to preparing and eating certain meat dishes: my dad grew up raising sheep at my grandparents’ house, so eating lamb always rings true to this deep core of my identity in my heart. Roasting my own turkey for my yearly Friendsgivings. Tenderizing chicken for chicken parmigiana, one of the first complete Italian American meals I ever learned to make. Part of my philosophy to food — and to life in general — involves saying yes, not restricting, certainly exercising moderation, but never all out banishing any one thing from my life. This also leads me away from flat out vegetarianism, although it comprises a good 90% of the food I eat.
What are your thoughts about eating meat? Do you feel conflicted? Are you against it? Defiantly for? Talk to me🗣