The Veggie Slacker Attacks Again

Since I am slack, I am always looking for ways to be a vegetarian without actually having to do much work. 😉  I am very good at thawing things, microwaving things, and pulling things out of wrappers!  *ponders listing skills on future resume*  In light of that, I am continuing my efforts to give no-brainer suggestions for super-slack vegetarian options that don’t fall too squarely in the land of junk-food-vegetarianism. 

This week’s suggestion:  Make a sandwich!  They’re delicious and easy.  Throw some stuff on whole grain bread, put a bowl of tomato soup next to it, and you have a dinner that’s not too awful for you or your vegetarian pursuits.  I love sandwiches!  (You will be seeing more here in the future.)

Grilled cheese and tomato soup...yum! A super-easy vegetarian option. 🙂

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Vegetarian – Slacker Style

In a continued effort to support the lazy vegetarians of the world, I bring you another so-simple-you-can’t-fail-no-matter-how-sorry-you-are veggie dinner option.  Next time you’re in the grocery store, go to the frozen food section and pick up one of these:

Tasty veggie fare….with very little work!

Of course, there is quite a variety of veggie options to choose from…you’re not limited to pasta primavera.  I’m a store brand kind of girl, so our budget stays satisfied too.  (Some of the name brand meals of this type can be a bit pricey.) 

 
Once you get that sucker home, it’s just a matter of preheating the oven, popping the meal in (after you remove it from the box, of course), and patiently waiting. 
 
This has been your weekly reminder that you can be a lazy bum (like me!) without sacrificing your dedication to avoiding meat. 😉

The Easy Vegetarian (No, not that kind of easy!)

I’ve been doing quite a bit of research recently on vegetarian living…vegetarian cooking in particular.  In a quest to not make meals of mashed potatoes and macaroni and cheese, I’ve been scouring the internet for vegetarian dinner options.  (To further complicate matters, I detest beans.)  Here are some facts I have found:

  • Vegetarian recipes frequently call for ingredients I have never, ever heard of and have no idea where to purchase.
  • Vegetarian recipes frequently call for 953 different ingredients in one dish.  Who has the money for that?!?!
  • Vegetarian recipes frequently call for long periods of uninterrupted time devoted solely to lovingly cajoling veggies into submission.

In light of these facts, I’ve decided to add a bit to the blog about “the easy way out” vegetarianism.  Never fear, I’ll still post an actual recipe (be it success or failure) once a week, but I’ll also be bringing you some vegetarian slacker tips.  If ever I were qualified to give advice about anything, “being slack” would definitely be the topic. 😉

My first suggestion?  Visit the frozen food aisle of the grocery store and pick up some pre-made veggie burgers.  (They’re actually quite tasty and most grocery stores carry them….also quick and easy to prepare.)  Pick up some burger buns, cheese, and a tomato (or whatever you like on your burgers, of course), and you have a meal.  Revolutionary?  Nope.  I realize that seasoned vegetarians won’t find this earth shattering, but I’m trying to share some easy options for the newbies…like me. 😉

Yummy!

 

Embrace Yourself (Not in a Pervy Sort of Way)

Well, if you want to embrace yourself in a pervy sort of way, that’s up to you, but that’s not what this post is about.  Earlier today I was pondering a noticeable shift in decor in our home and what brought the change about.  For way, way too many years I attempted to “decorate” our home like a “grown up” would.  You know, everything matching and sporting the neutral tones.  I did stop short of the knickknacks.  I am, apparently, innately opposed to clutter.  I wanted it to look “nice” because that’s how adults are supposed to do things, right? 

In the past few months, I’ve noticed a pleasant trend within my home….my husband and I both seem to be taking a poop-on-being-a-grown-up attitude.  No, we haven’t taken to smoking weed and neglecting to pay the electricity bill, but we do seem to be rejecting society more and more these days….and I’m loving it.  I find that day-to-day life is much more pleasant when I look around my home and see things that I love, not necessarily things that fit the color scheme.  Life also becomes a lot simpler when you’re not focused on how things “should” be if the Better Homes & Gardens crew were to make a surprise visit.

So, what’s the point?  When you’re making your home yours, follow your own rules.  I wish I had accepted this a long time ago.  I could have avoided a lot of beige furniture and unused (yet coordinated!) throw pillows.

A painting that makes me happy every time I see it on the wall. His name is Walter. 😉

Every grown up should have a calendar, right? 😀

Simplicity – Granny Style

Given my recent resignation from teaching (in order to homeschool my step-daughter and pursue my tiny business goals), we have suddenly become much poorer.  Saving pennies has become very important in this house.   And what’s one of the easiest ways to save those pennies?  Coupons.  Oh, how I love them!  Going out for the Sunday paper is like heading to the casino knowing you’re going to win.  I’ve made it a ritual….coupons and coffee.  I sit at the dining room table and flip, clip, and giggle my way through every page of those little coupon pamphlets.  And then comes the “dessert” of the ritual…a visit to the Target web site to see what in-store coupons they’ve added for the week.  Then, and only then, I can commence the elaborate proceedings of creating our weekly menu and shopping list based on the coupons I’ve gathered around myself.  I have actually come to enjoy going to the grocery store.  It’s become a game of sorts….how much can I save???  (This week it was $35.00.) 

So, what does this have to do with simplicity, you ask?  The system of it all.  For some reason, I determined early on that the usual coupon organization schemes were just not good enough.  I was going to do it better!  I tried envelopes, notebooks, folders, wallets, etc.  What did I get for my efforts?  Mostly frustrated.  I was leaving coupons at home, lugging mammoth tomes about the grocery store, or kicking myself for some crucial coupon oversight.  Today, I caved.  Yep, I bought one of those old-school accordian-style coupon organizers.  You know, like Grandma used to use.  Turns out Grandma was pretty clever.  It’s almost like people have been using those things for a gazillion years because they actually work or something. 😉

It seems an odd thing, but I’ve actually taken away several lessons from this.  Sometimes “the way it’s been done” actually is the best way.  Don’t fix what isn’t broken.  Stop being so bloomin’ stubborn.  If you’re trying to simplify your life, you should probably avoid overly complicated systems.  Listen to your Grandma….she knows what she’s doing!  I feel vaguely enlightened. 😉

Ahhhhh…..Simplicity! (Who knew it was work???)

One of my goals in life is to live simply.  I am far, far away from accomplishing this goal at this point in my life, but I do feel like I’m making itsy-bitsy micro-steps in the right direction.  It’s amazing how much work simplicity can be….seems pretty counter-intuitive.  Apparently, to increase simplicity, one must actually put a little bit of thought into what is preventing simplicity from occurring in the first place.  As if that isn’t enough, then one must actually do something to either un-complicate or eliminate the complexity.  Egads and yikes!  Alas, my dream of sitting back and letting simplicity gather about me (you know, like all of the forest creatures around Snow White) is not coming true.  Yep, I’ve decided I’m actually going to have to do something.

So, what did I do today?  I tackled my email…email that is also known as the frightening hell-beast of unwelcome chaos and drudgery.  No longer!  I made some progress in slaying this beast!  I was actually checking up to 5 email accounts multiple times a day.  Insane, right?  So, my first step was to put an end to that nonsense.  I chose a primary email address and forwarded all of the other accounts to the primary one.  Now I only have to check one account.  Then I went on a deleting frenzy.  Do I really need to know at a moment’s notice that I paid my geico bill in September of 2009?  Probably not.  Next, I actually put to use those nifty little labels that gmail makes so easy and convenient.  I created some broad categories for stashing important emails.  And the most important, and final, steps?  I’ve decided that “important emails” are about as rare as plutonium deposits in the sidewalk, so precious few emails will survive the delete button long enough to be placed under one of those labels.  Annnnd, I’ve made a vow to myself to stop checking my email a gazillion times a day.  I think I can probably back it up to once or twice a day without fear of missing some life-altering information, no?

So, now I’m pondering a new question about simplicity.  In my previous blog, I tried to assign a day of the week to each type of post….for example, I would review a cruelty-free product each Wednesday.  Now I’m trying to decide if the simpler route is sticking to a schedule or freeing myself from one.  Suggestions?  Input?  Experiences?