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Dating a vegetarian was a challenge. Living with one was a recipe for disaster. Or, at least I thought!

Growing up in a primarily meat-eating household, the concept of cooking and dining without the presence of meat was completely foreign to me. That was, until I met John.e  Being that he has been a vegetarian for over 20 years, and considering that I love to cook (with meat), the challenge was evident from the get-go.

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Every home cook has a repertoire of recipes that they cherish and love to pull out to impress their family and friends with occasionally, but in my new relationship with “the vegetarian,” I would have to work much harder to impress him with my culinary skills. I made it a goal to teach myself to cook all over again – this time, with vegetables!

The first step in overcoming this challenge was to accept the fact that it was easier for me, the meat eater, to change my diet rather than to compromise the dietary decisions of “the vegetarian.” After all, eating more veggies might actually be good for me! Who knew!?

It is worth noting that I am not a vegetarian, nor will I ever be. I love meat; it’s that simple. I’ve simply learned to satisfy both palates without trading the tastes and the comforts of home-cooked meals.

The purpose of this blog is to share my experiences and my new found love of vegetarian food with other couples and/or families who need to prepare one dish which will indulge everyone.

But, be not dismayed, fellow non-vegetarian!  There will be a recipe with pork, beef, chicken, or fish thrown in somewhere along the way; just look for the non-vegetarian section!

Happy Eating!

Byron

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  1. Being a private chef and often dealing with different diets, I can relate to what you are doing. I was a vegetarian for a year, still am 5 out of 7 days a week, and know flavour does not have to be compromised to eat healthy, vegetarian or otherwise.
    1. I'm pretty much the same, Cassie. I usually only eat meat when we go out. I very rarely cook meat of any kind at home. To be honest, my tastes have grown so much over the past two years. Before that, I wouldn't be caught dead cooking with onion, celery, eggplant, etc. Now, I'm excited to try new foods and recipes.
  2. Glad to meet you through your recent post in the Facebook group Just Dessert Recipes, Byron, because my younger daughter is home for the summer and, you guessed it, she is vegetarian. She made that decision about four years ago, making an exception only rarely for a good hamburger, so I am always on the lookout for tasty things that will satisfy the whole family. Cooking two meals just isn't worth it and, as you say, it's better for us all to be eating more vegetables anyway!
    1. Thanks for dropping by, Stacy. I hope you find lots of recipes and inspiration here to keep your whole family well fed - at least while your daughter is visiting. :)
  3. I too have been learning to cook in a different way and use vegetables much more in my cooking, the motivation is different but the ideas similar... And I love it, I do still cook meat at home although probably no more than 2 meals a week. It really has opened up my eyes to a whole new raft of meals that I would never of considered previously, which is a good thing as far as I am concerned. Loving your recipes, even the tofu one ;)
    1. It's amazing how great cooking vegetables can be once you open your mind to it. You'll need to try the tofu recipes. :)
      1. I am a recent convert to a few tofu recipes but as I have a 300ish mile round trip to buy tofu I won't be experimenting too much ;)
        1. Wow! I'll trade you any day. I'd do without tofu if I could live 300 miles from my downtown Toronto apartment. I'm such a country boy at heart. :)
  4. I found you by accident Byron, and I am so glad I did. I am Catholic and certain times of year we must abstain from meat. We still are allow to eat fish. I am always on the lookout for flavorful meatless meals to make about once a week and during our Lenten season.
    1. Hi Veronica! I'm glad you found me. :) I'm sure you will find many meatless recipes on my little blog to help you out during the Lenten season. Cheers!
  5. Oops! Thought I was still on this page: https://www.lordbyronskitchen.com/roasted-herbed-beef-tips/ by way of Pinterest
  6. I had to look up your story because I noticed you have tons of vegetarian recipes with a few meat ones. This is exactly like my cooking too! I've been trying to be vegetarian for years, but I've been having health problems and my doctors have told me I need to get tons of extra protein. I try to at least always get the options with 'free-range', 'grass-fed', etc. Your site is perfect for me! Your recipes look soo good!
  7. Never found a cooking site where almost every recipe was totally pleasing to the eye and sounds absolutely delicious. I know of no one who cooks and picks them like you do. Excuse me for pinning so many delicious recipes, but you, in my opinion, are the king of Pinterest!!!
    1. Well, Cliff, you just made my day! Thank you so much for such a lovely comment. I will try my best to keep it up. :)
  8. This receipe is fantastic! I had put it on my meal plan for the week, but was having second thoughts about it even as I was shopping for the ingredients. I'm not a huge fan of cauliflower, but I love orange chicken. I decided to stick with the plan, though, and am so glad I did. The cauliflower was crispy delicious and the sauce was amazing. This is going to be a recipe we keep coming back to. This is my first time to visit your site and will definitely be trying other recipes.
  9. I very much enjoyed this site - partly because I knew your dad (Enos) while growing up, but also because you've done such a good job with it........ great content and done quite professionally. Very impressive and good to see such work from a fellow "Middle Armer". :-)
    1. Thank you, David. It all started as a creative outlet, but has turned into a full time "hobby." I'd love to let dad know that you "dropped by;" can I get a last name? Cheers!
  10. I'm so thrilled to find your site! I, too, have the omnivore's dilemma of having a spouse who went vegetarian a year and a half ago. It's been a challenge trying to adapt all of my quick go-to family meals to accommodate his needs, but I'm getting the hang of it. Our biggest hurdle right now is that sometimes, our boys and I just want a dang pot roast, and when I make a meal like that, my poor husband feels left out in the cold eating a starchy plate of mashed potatoes and green beans with little protein. I stumbled across your blog looking for a lentil recipe (onions area caramelizing right now...), but after poking around some more, I know this is going to be an excellent resource for our family! Hooray for more veggies, with an occasional steak thrown in ;)
    1. Glad to have you along for the ride, Becky! Initially, the blog was all about vegetarian dishes, but I started to add in meat recipes to the mix as well. It wasn't fair to me! Hahaha! Recently, my daughter has given up her vegetarian diet, so now I just battle with my partner about his diet. I have nothing against a vegetarian diet or otherwise, but it sure does make mealtimes a challenge when you have more than one diet to contend with.
  11. Byron, I don't remember exactly how I found you, but I am so glad that I did! I enjoy cooking, but my age and health make it very difficult. I have to be very selective about what I attempt to do, and some times all that I can do is to put that great looking or tasting recipe in my pile and hope for a good day. So, when I saw your recipe for "Orange Cranberry Tea Time Cookies," I just had to try them. The recipe sounded easy enough, and they looked delicious. I had all the ingredients except for the orange peel, so I ordered it from the Paradise store on Amazon. I only had to wait two days! I have had one other recipe that uses a Paradise product, the cherry-pineapple mix. The recipe I used was one that I came across in a Publix ad over a year ago. It was a "Cherry-Pineapple Cake" that called for a tube pan. It sounded a lot like my mother's fruit cake recipe that I remember from my childhood. It didn't really turn out to be a fruit cake like my Mom's, but it was pretty good. My experience with that cake gave me the courage to try your "Orange Cranberry Tea Time Cookies" yesterday. They turned out great, and tasted even better! Thank you for all that you do and share on line. My husband Jim liked them too, so they probably won't last long.
    1. Thank you so much! You really made my day with your kind words. I'm so glad you enjoyed the tea time cookies; they are one of my favourite afternoon snacks. And, I'm glad you found Paradise too. Their products are simply one of the best I've found. I'm so glad to have you along for the ride. And I hope to hear from you again. :)
  12. I found you by chance, and I'm really happy about it happening! I live in Argentina, the country of cows and the paradise of meat, but also a place where every time more people are trying to eat in a healthy and natural way. At home we don't want to be vegetarian, but we have almost left meat, and your site promises to be a delicious source of inspiration! Thank you, Byron, very much!
    1. Thank you, Clara! Welcome to LBK - I hope you find many dishes to inspire your meat-free meals. :)
  13. Found your website while hunting for recipes that use dried figs...and saw your dried fruit salad...don't have couscous but do have orzo, so will give it a go. Your recipes look wonderful and your site is well done! Thanks...will let you know how it turns out! Take Care!

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