Have you tried to cut meat out of your diet at least one day a week? From what I’ve seen on the Allrecipes.com Facebook Fan Page, many of our community members have found that it’s a great way to add more vegetables into their diet, helpful when it comes to budgeting, and a great opportunity to try dishes outside of their comfort zone. There’s an Allrecipeep here in the office that always has amazing meatless dishes during lunch. I thought this would be a great opportunity for me to pick up on a few of Richard’s favorites and for you to get a chance to know a ’Peep here at the office!
Richard is the director of our Site Operations team, which is part of the Creative group. His team is responsible for the nuts and bolts of content integration. The most glamorous thing his team does is publish all the recipes and recipe collections on the site. He’s been at Allrecipes for 11 years, and loves creating a great site experience for every one of our millions of daily visitors.
Read why he became a vegetarian, meat dishes he misses, and what he likes to snack on at a Seattle Mariners game.
Why did you become a vegetarian? To not get too serious about it, I’ll just say I like animals.
Is it hard to not eat meat? It’s really, really easy not to! I generally don’t even have to think about it.
Where do you get protein? I’m not a vegan, so I get plenty of dairy; nuts, tofu (love it!), and soy-based meat substitutes (some are great, some are not). Experimenting with legumes is a fun way to get protein, too. This year I grew shelling peas in my small garden. I have been adding them to pasta dishes and salads (the ones I don’t snack on when I am out in the yard, that is).
What meat dishes do you miss? I miss salmon! Sometimes I crave my grandmother’s meatloaf from when I was a kid. I also miss turkey on Thanksgiving (but I still get to eat tons of great stuff).
Have any suggested vegetarian recipes we should try? There are a lot of great recipes in the Allrecipes vegetarian collection. One of my favorites is the Addictive Sweet Potato Burritos. I used to make them all the time, but it has been a while. I think I will make them again this weekend!
I know you’re an avid Seattle Mariners fan, what is your go-to snack item when you’re at a game? There are a lot of tasty vegetarian options at Safeco Field. I almost always grab a slice of gourmet cheese pizza down in the new bullpen food court. I finally tried a veggie crepe—it was good! The veggie sushi rolls are good, too. I know crepes and sushi at the ballpark aren’t exactly baseball traditions, but they make sense in Seattle. Don’t worry, baseball fans, the BBQ, fish and chips, and the new “Hamburg and Frites” stand provide superior non-vegetarian choices. Mariners’ fans of all dietary persuasions love to rally around our famous garlic fries. Oh, and beer is vegetarian, right?
*Night photo of Safeco Field courtesy of David Irons Jr