Lately I've been thinking a lot about going vegetarian again. It's been a hot minute since I last full-on gave up meat (in college I was an on-off vegan/vegetarian for almost three years). I pretty much always cook vegetarian food for myself these days (with the exception of the food I make for my dogs, which is beef or pork based), partially because I love vegetables and often don't find the need for meat, and partially because the idea of eating meat totally turns my stomach as of late. Maybe it's the 6,000 dog and animal rescues I follow and read about every day on Facebook that really makes me think about how much pigs and cows are not that different from my own dogs. I would never eat a dog - so why eat a pig? Unfortunately, meat tends to be really delicious in some cases (Filet mignon! Cubanos! Bacon!), but I've been really trying to curb my cravings for anything meat-related. Luckily I live in a fantastic foodie city, with some of the best vegetarian meals right at my fingertips, so it's not quite as hard as I expected.
Either way, I've been brushing up on my vegetarian recipes, and these are some of my favorite ones I've been cooking lately. I make those sesame noodles at least once a week (with tons of sesame seeds on top, btw), and I'm making those black bean tacos tonight. The only issue left is how I'm going to get my dogs to choose vegetables over meat ;)