Some people eat meat, some people don’t. I don’t. And to be honest, I don’t really care if other people do. It’s just not my thing.

But what I don’t understand, is when someone won’t not eat meat.

Some people are literally opposed to eating a dinner without meat. Maybe it’s to exasperate me. Or maybe it’s because some people just love Lunchables (you think I’m kidding? I’m not.), but whatever the reason, it’s quite a challenge to convince some people that a vegetarian dinner can be quite good. I knew I had a challenging mouth to feed.

Thankfully, my twitterbuds came to my rescue, once again. After lots of ideas, one particular suggestion rose to the top:

Mama Pea’s Chickpea Tacos
(Mama Pea also just published a cookbook, so you should totally check that out too.)

My guy friend (who is opposed to all things vegetarian) had never had chickpeas before. So I knew this was a risk. But I did it anyway.

The guy topped his with cheese…

I kept it simple with beans and lettuce. You can’t see the chickpeas, but I swear they’re in there

I liked the chickpeas so much, I ate some on the side.

Although the guy was hesitant, at first, to say anything positive about this dinner, he did go back for seconds. I’d say that speaks for itself ๐Ÿ˜‰

Anyways, vegetarian or not, everyone loves nut butter.

(Actually, that’s not true, but they should.) And last night I was in the mood to make a new kind of almond butter. Don’t get me wrong, I love plain old A-butter, but I was in the mood to spice it up.

Cinnamon Swirl Almond Butter

  • 1 cup of almonds
  • 2 tbsp date sugar (you could probably use brown sugar)
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt (omit if your almonds are already salted)
  • pinch of nutmeg
Oh. My. Gosh. As if I wasn’t already in love with almond butter, this takes it to the next level. Try this. Now. It’s also making me think I need to go try PB&Co’s Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Peanut Butter…

Does anyone have tips to get “totally-opposed-to-anything-not-meat”-eaters to try new foods?

<3 Liz