Tue Apr 1, 2014
Or should I rather say, Veggiewavers!
Yup, that's right, the Meatwave is going vegetarian. Right now I'm sure you're having thoughts like, "How can this be?" or "Judas!" or simply "Noooooooo!!?!?!?!," but please, before you pass judgement and jump ship, let me explain...
I was doing a little reflection lately on the Meatwave, going back and browsing through all the delicious meats we've made over the past ten years. As fond as those memories were, it also gave me a clear understanding why, at a relatively young age, I'm already heading down the path to high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and the likely avoidable problems both will bring on.
I also realized that those warming memories were not a product of the meat itself, but the people who ate alongside me. So the thought formed—it's not the meat I'm attached to so much, but act of communal and festive dining, and I vow that will carry on.
What's that you say, "You don't make friends with salad?" Well, I'm here to prove you wrong.
I will continue to embody the spirit of the Meatwave—we'll continue to grill, we'll continue gather, and we'll continue to have a great time as friends and family sharing a collective positive experience, it'll just be done without all the beef, pork, chicken, and lamb of the past.
I'll be keeping the full archive of meaty treasures available, but focusing on vegetarian grilling recipes going forward. Just to prove this is not a bad thing, here are some great dishes that have come off my grill over the years that are totally meatless:
No don't try to tell me you're not hungry now after all of those delicious grilled goodies. What I have in store for the future will only get better too—going meatless doesn't put up limitations on what you can grill, in my mind, it just invites even more creativity.
I hope all you understand and embrace this change and choose to keep riding this wave into its new and exciting incarnation.