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We like meat or simply: we're too lazy to be vegans!

February 25, 2010 - Taste Buds

WE KNOW the winter has been hard but take heart Bud fans, spring is less than a month away!

And, as if that isn’t exciting enough, the Buds received an e-mail noting that while the first day of spring is March 20, it is also the date for The Great American Meatout!

Yeah, we won’t be there.

According to the press release, 2010 marks the 25th anniversary of the world’s largest grassroots diet education campaign. Basically, these folks are promoting the idea of a vegan lifestyle.

The release states, and we quote, “On March 20, caring people in a thousand communities in all 50 states and 30 other countries are welcoming spring with public educational events. They are asking their friends and neighbors to ‘kick the meat habit’ and explore a wholesome, nonviolent plant-based diet. The events include colorful festivals, walks, public dinners, lectures, cooking demonstrations, food sampling, and information tables.

“The occasion is the 25th anniversary of the Great American Meatout, the world’s largest annual grassroots diet education campaign. Its explosive growth since the dietary dark ages of the mid-1980s has been due largely to strong support from consumer advocates, health authorities, and food editors. The date, March 20 (first day of spring), is symbolic of rebirth and renewal.”

Sounds groovy! We love colorful festivals!

But, the Buds have decided they are just too plain lazy to be vegans.

What do vegans eat, anyway?

No eggs? No fish? No meat? No cheese?

What about honey? Bees make honey. Are they allowed to eat honey?

We don’t know!

We don’t like having a bunch of rules to go along with our meals. The only questions we like to ask ourselves when we’re eating is: Do I want to eat that? and Can I eat some more of that?

Frankly, we like meat. We’re going to be honest here. We believe there is a reason God put us at the top of the food chain and that’s so we can eat everything under us.

Hey, this is the United States of America  and you’ve got the right to not eat anything you want. We certainly don’t begrudge anyone who wants to be a vegan their fair share of wheatgrass. We just don’t want any.

We realize some animal products may wind up on our plates through questionable means and we do believe those practices should be stopped.

We guess you could say we are pro-hamburger and anti-animal cruelty.

Face it, being a vegan is a lot of work. There may be reading involved to discern if any animals were harmed in the making of our meals. We’d have to inspect candles to make sure they’re made of soy. And, we’re pretty sure Thanksgiving would never be the same again.

 We seriously considered protesting the Great American Meatout but making signs, finding an event and standing there with a bullhorn seemed like a lot of work!

We’re carnivores. We don’t have that kind of stamina!

Now, for those of you who like meat, here’s a recipe from Mary Sue Dundr of Mt. Pleasant for Barbecued Beef:

2 1/2 pounds chuck roast

3 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce

1 large onion, chopped

1 cup ketchup

1/2 cup chopped celery

2 tablespoons vinegar

1 1/2 cups water

1 teaspoon chili powder

2 tablespoons brown sugar

4 tablespoons lemon juice

Place beef in roaster with celery and onions. Mix up the rest and pour over beef. Cover and bake 2 1/2-3 hours at 350 degrees. Remove meat. Peel off fat. Pull meat apart with 2 forks. Return to sauce. Heat up if  necessary. Serves 15-20.

For those of you who are vegans, you might want to leave out the beef ...

Aw, heck! Just have a glass of water!



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