Inspiring Vegetarianism in Costa Rica

I’ve hired a few sales and marketing associates for my business and one of them happens to live in the area.  So a few times a week, Kevin comes to my house to work.  Having him help me on projects allows me time to not only focus more on the bigger projects for my business and clients but also frees up some of my personal time.

As I mentioned in my post about living more consciously, one of things I wanted to focus on was food.  And now I have that chance to prepare healthy and delicious vegetarian meals for me and him.   And, of course, any neighbors that happen to be walking by and smelling what I’m creating.  Still haven’t gone completely vegan but gone are the days of peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

What I love is providing these nutritious meals to someone who would otherwise be eating meat at almost every meal.  And to hear how much he likes the meals, he feels full and he’s excited to see what I create next.  On our third day of work at my house, he told me, “I’m sort of becoming a vegetarian”.  I smiled as that was the unspoken plan.  To introduce him to good tasting meals that don’t contain a once-living animal.  I don’t think he’ll ever give up meat completely (I have to be realistic here) but I feel good that I’m introducing him to great food that he would not otherwise have tried.  And just like Mikey, “he likes it”.  His favorites thus far seem to be the Portobello mushroom burger with yuca chips, vegan sushi salad (the rolls didn’t slice right so I made it into a salad!), magic cookie bars, grilled cheese (gouda) and apple sandwich and of course, my famous chocolate chip macadamia nut cookies.

During our travels, I also introduced him to tofu.  Tofu isn’t really well-known here in Costa Rica and so he had no knowledge of the stigma associated with tofu.  Because of this, I had him try one of the dinners at Arenas del Mar that had tofu, eggplant and zucchini in an Asian sauce.  And he loved it.  Of course, it was deep-fried in macadamia nuts so that could have also been the reason – who doesn’t love deep-fried macadamia nuts?

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I love creating “compassionate” meals and sharing them with others.  The best part is the subtle knowledge that I’m imparting…that vegetarian food is not only healthy but delicious and filling as well.

Pura vida…Chrissy