I had no idea meat products are used in SO many things I thought were safe. Trying to avoid meat has been a freakin’ culinary obstacle course. Are there band-aids for my hurt feel-bads when I discover I have eaten a little bit of meatiness? I imagine there are some people flinging their heads back in an evil diabolical laugh as I post my proud pictures of my fabulous-look what I found- meat free meals. I said I imagine it that way…not necessarily that you do…I’m just neurotic that way. But I will save that for another blog.
|“And how would you like that veggie burger…deep fried in lard,
or smothered in bacon bits and covered in salami?”
Besides the once delicious stuff above, here’s more of what I have learned to avoid in my short Vegetarian life:
*Hostess, Nabisco cookies and other wrapped bakery items. Yep, Oreos & Ding Dongs are off the table.
*Commercially prepared cakes, pies, cookies, bread, you get the idea.
*Soups & broths -unless labeled Vegetarian and even then double-check the ingredients.
*Prepared beans- most have lard! Boo!
*Tortillas. Double boo.
*Jell-O, marshmallows and anything with gelatin. I had no idea gelatin is made from boiled hooves and butt holes…blech. Sorry but not even Dream Whip can make that thought taste good.
* Processed & boxed food. Who knew Hamburger Helper is flavored with “beef powder”. Sounds icky. Now you might be asking why the hell am I eating Hamburger Helper anyway? Hello- hamburger is printed in giant -you don’t need your old lady glasses to see- colored font right on the front of the box! I thought maybe soy-burger would be good in that dish but Mr. Man said he already learned this lesson the hard way: just because it says to add beef- doesn’t mean there isn’t already a little cow lurking inside the flavor packet.
So I ask you, what else has hidden meat or meatish ingredients in it? Help a sister out and comment below if you know of anymore surprise meat bombs lurking in common food.