Vegetarian: A person who does not eat meat, and sometimes other animal products, especially for moral, religious or health reasons.

I have never been a big meat eater, but ever so often, growing up on an island of mostly carnivorous people, you are inclined to adapt such customs.

Meat is bloody and fibrous (which is kinda nasty), but it can also be very flavorful when done right. Not to mention the diversity offered in preparation when you feel like chowing down something from an animal. A lot more than can be said about its kitchen counterpart, the Vegetable.

I started leaning towards a more Vegetarian diet over a year ago. One that excludes red meat, but for a few reasons I cannot fully give up on the white meat of Chicken. I have tried, trust me, and it is hard. Here’s why…

Chicken is so damn diverse

Who wants to eat the same boring food everyday? Not me! After all, you only live this life once. Chicken is real good when seasoned right and cooked perfectly. If Monday you feel like frying, Tuesday stewing, Wednesday baking, Thursday grilling, Friday roasting, Saturday barbecuing and Sunday poaching, you can do it all and more. You might be able to do all this with Vegetables, but it is not as flavorful and interesting.

Chicken is full of protein

I only fancy the breast meat on a fowl. Not a fan of the dark meat parts such as the thigh and legs, ewww! Weird, I know! According to the USDA there is about 43g of protein in the breast alone. That is a lot of amino acid (the building blocks of protein) to fuel your body, provide the recommended daily dosage and get those ab muscles growing. Vegetables have some protein yes, but nothing near the amount needed to supply your body. Which means you will have to turn to supplements or substitutes, which just complicates an already complicated life.

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Chicken is easy to prepare

Got home from work and tired? Chicken can be done in 10 minutes. Have to pack for your early morning flight but feel hungry? Chicken will be ready in 15 minutes. Chicken is so easy to prepare. It is fast, absorbs flavor well, and does not require much attention once in the pot. Vegetables are quick too, but for something that comes from a grounded bird, it sure knows how to honor time.

Being strictly Vegetarian is time consuming

It is so easy to walk into the store, go straight to the fridge and pick up a case of Chicken breast, than to go into the Vegetable aisle and ponder over fifty different greens, yellows and oranges. Then, when you go home, have to brainstorm over how to prepare an interesting meal out of them. You have to be really dedicated to Vegetarianism to actively seek out different types of vegetables and exciting ways to prepare them every time hunger strikes. Eating Chicken does not make you an evil person. Can you imagine if Chicken was not used as a form of food, we would have more Chickens than humans. Some creatures were meant to serve as nourishment and I think the Chicken is one of them.

Most Vegetarian substitutes are overly processed

The whole point of turning Vegetarian in the first place is to stay away from the additives jammed into meat (such as steroids and hormones), keep our bodies clean and abide by some moral high code. However, I see it as counterintuitive to crave a meat substitute if you became Vegetarian to get away from it to begin with. Have you ever seen the number of ingredients printed on the package of a Vegetarian substitute product such as Facon or Tofurkey? A ton! 41 in Facon alone! Now isn’t that far worse than eating a Chicken with maybe a single hormone shot needled in the rear end?

After all this ranting, you may think I am trying to create an argument against Vegetarianism. Actually, the contrary. I know eventually, maybe a year or three from now, I will become a full fledged Vegetarian. But, for the time being Β I will continue being a Vegetarian who savors my Chicken breast, because it tastes damn good!


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Dave Anthony

Posted by:Dave Anthony

I am a Jamaican born Entrepreneur living in the United States. Adventurous, writer, weird, down to earth. Here I write about interesting stuff that educates, thrills and influences.

6 replies on “I am a Vegetarian Who Eats Chicken

    1. Thanks for your feedback. Unethical is relative, that all comes down to a matter of perspective. Also, I was just highlighting the diversity of Chicken and what can be done with it compared to the limited options for preparing Vegetables. That is clearly stated.

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  1. I defintely see what you are saying, but technically Kai is right. πŸ™‚

    I tried to be a vegetarian once, until I got sick and my mother made me eat meat again. (I was in high school, so she could do that.) I don’t want to be vegetarian now, but I do want to cut down on my meat consumption and especially take care in where it comes from and how the animals are fed and treated. Unfortunately, eating the way I would like is both expensive and time consuming, so for now I succumb to convenience. I could never give up my red meat enitrely though; I love steak too much!

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    1. Lol, yea technically I am an omnivore, but that would not make an interesting article headline. Becoming a full vegetarian is difficult as it requires a lot of dedication. It is almost like a full time job curating food items and recipes and including them in your already hectic daily routine. However, if you are committed you can make it work, and like anything it will become the norm after a while. I liked a nice juicy piece of Beef as well, but it was never something I went crazy for. Therefore, dropping red meat was easier for me. To each his own, do what works for you and love it. πŸ™‚

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