It has been said there are a wealth of good reasons for becoming a vegetarian, but there are no bad reasons for doing so.
Some of the health reasons noted for becoming a vegetarian include, but are not limited to:
- All the nutrients necessary for optimal human functioning can be obtained from plant food.
- Plants do not contain cholesterol.
- Meat is deficient in carbohydrates, particularly the starches which are so essential to proper health.
- Barring the b-complex, meat is mostly deficient in vitamins.
- Because they are higher on the food chain, animal foods contain much higher concentrations of agricultural chemicals than plant food, including pesticides, herbicides, etc.
- There are over 20,000 different drugs – sterols, antibiotics, growth hormones and other veterinary drugs – given to livestock animals. When we consume animal foods, we also consume those drugs. The dangers of the secondary consumption of antibiotics are well-documented.
These are just a few of the reasons people give for becoming vegetarians. For those of you who are, or are considering giving it a try, here is a recipe for microwave vegetarian spaghetti.Ingredients:
- 4 cups ¼-inch slices zucchini (about 1 pound)
- 1 can (28 ounces) whole tomatoes
- 1 can (12 ounces) tomato paste
- 1 can (4 ounces) mushroom stems and pieces, drained
- ½ cup dry red wine
- ½ cup finely chopped onion (about 1 medium)
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
- 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
- 2 teaspoons dried oregano leaves
- 2 teaspoons sugar
- 6 cups hot cooked spaghetti
- 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese (about 4 ounces)
- ⅓ cup grated Parmesan cheese
- Mix zucchini and tomatoes (with liquid). Break up tomatoes with fork.
- Stir in remaining ingredients except spaghetti and cheeses in 3-quart casserole.
- Cover tightly and microwave on high (100%) 8 minutes; stir.
- Cover and microwave until zucchini is tender and mixture is bubbly, 8 – 12 minutes longer.
- Serve sauce over hot spaghetti; sprinkle with cheeses.
Makes 6 servings