Reader Profile: The I-Need-To-Feel-Full Dilemma

“When I think vegetarian, all I think of is lettuce and broccoli.” - Brandy Clabaugh: Age 29, Personal Assistant, Food Blogger, Poughkeepsie, NY

Cooking Light Reader: Brandy Clabaugh

Brandy Clabaugh: The I-Need-To-Feel-Full Dilemma

Photo Courtesy of Brandy Clabaugh


When it comes to knowing what a plant-based diet is, Brandy Clabaugh is stumped: “I guess I have this image that I’d be eating like tree bark and I wouldn’t feel as full or as happy,” she says. “But if I could make something that has good flavor and some bulk, I would be all over it. Right now I just don’t know how to go about it.” Brandy’s partner is amenable to a change (“He’s awesome. He’ll eat whatever I put in front of him.”), and she admits that buying high-quality meat is expensive. But her current nightly menu revolves around it: chicken, pork, and, “of course” her beloved red meat—steak, hamburger, as well as some ground lamb here and there. “I’m already a little overweight, and I know deep down it would be healthier for me and the environment to cut down on meat, but I can’t figure out how to do it out without feeling deprived.”


For people with less experience cooking or eating vegetarian dishes, it’s easy to discount them as just salads and, well, bark, but ask any full-time vegetarian what they love to eat, and they’ll likely recite to you a plethora of meatless meals—chickpea curry, broccoli and bell pepper stir-fry, roasted vegetable pasta tosses, veggie panini. Since Brandy loves to cook, going meatless can be a culinary adventure. For her, the key to this Healthy Habit will be finding meat-free options that are fun for her to cook and leave her filling full and satisfied.

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