Vegetarian Experiment, Day 5

Five days is, by far, the longest I have gone without meat, yet I am not missing it too much. I am enjoying a variety of foods, am taking longer to eat the food I choose, and enjoying trying and tasting new food items and flavors. I have never eaten so many vegan food items in one week. After this week is over, I will offer more a reflection. Until then, here are the foods I enjoyed today.


Toasted Blueberry Bagel, one side with Peanut Butter and the other side with Cream Cheese

Toasted Whole Wheat Bagel


Vegetable Bulgogi Lettuce Wrap

Vegetable Bulgogi Lettuce Wrap

I had never heard of “bulgogi” before. It’s a Korean dish that usually has meat in it (they were serving that dish, too). I’m still not too sure what it is, except it had a wide variety of vegetables and seemed to be cooked in some sort of barbecue sauce. It was pretty good, which says a lot coming from someone who doesn’t like (or eat) Asian food too much.

Roasted Acorn Squash with Butter and Brown Sugar and Sauteed carrots

Roasted Acorn Squash with Brown Sugar

Wow. This acorn squash was delicious. I ate the entire thing. (The carrots were a bit hard.) I will definitely be making this acorn squash soon. I know that Levi and I will eat it up!


Phyllo and Zucchini Strudel with Zucchini and Summer Squash Saute

Phyllo and Zucchini Strudel with Summer Squash Saute

The vegetables were tender and well seasoned and the zucchini strudel was rich and original. In addition to the zucchini, the phyllo crust was also filled with sauteed onions and feta cheese, as well as a varety of seasonings. Delish.

Here’s a close-up picture of the Phyllo and Zucchini Strudel.

Phyllo and Zucchini Strudel with Summer Squash Saute

Black Bean Burger

Black Bean Burger

I’ve been wanting to try the veggie burger all week and when I was still hungry after eating the first course, instead of going for a salad, hummus, or dessert, I opted for the burger. The burger itself was quite spicy, and I ended up eating the meat all by itself–without buns or condiments. I’ve eaten veggie burgers before and this one was pretty similar in terms of texture and taste.

So that’s it for today. Only one more day at the MSU cafeteria. I’m going to miss eating there at Snyder-Phillips! Being able to choose from so many great options. Not having to cook. Being able to spend longer eating and talking than cooking or cleaning up. In two days, it’s back to reality.

  • Kimberly Vogel

    It is so awesome that you set a goal and kept it. I’ve been working on a goal of not eating corn or products with corn derivatives. I definitely now know I have a corn allergy and feel so much better! However, I am not eating enough iron or calcuim. The only way I’m getting enough protein is because I am eating small portions of meat (only fresh caught fish and grass fed beef – I’m reacting to chicken). Have you been able to asses if you get all of the nutrients you need?

    • Kara Poe Alexander

      Thanks, Kimberly. Not eating corn does not seem easy. You’re right (it’s in everything!). Finding the right combination of foods to be sure you’re getting enough nutrients isn’t easy. I don’t know how to assess it, except by getting tested at the doctor or taking a vitamin supplement. I’ve only been eating vegetarian for a week and haven’t noticed a deficiency. I’m sure there are resources out there, though. Good luck!