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Stay In and Veg Out

By Rob Christopher in Arts & Entertainment on Nov 29, 2006 7:47PM

Let's face facts: the period between Thanksgiving and New Year's is deadly. Caloriewise, that is. First we start with T-Day leftovers (seven days and counting), and then we move on to the never-empty office cookie tray, enormous steaming mugs of hot chocolate and egg nog, and the kind of frigid wintry laziness that tempts us to cease exercising all together. It brings to mind that wise old adage: a moment on the lips, forever on the hips.

2006_11Arcimboldo_vegetable.jpgWhat are we to do? Aside from sticking to a little portion control (i.e., don't eat anything larger than your head) an easy to way to shave off calories is to go vegetarian two or three days a week. Yes, it's possible and also reasonably easy. Especially if you've got cable.

"Go Veggie! with Kay" is Chicago's first vegetarian TV cooking show and airs Sundays at 3 p.m. on Comcast Channel 25. Each show is 30 minutes and doesn't stop at just the main course; recipes for side dishes, salads and desserts are also included.

We don't know much about Kay, but she's got a nice site with tons of useful info. There's even a decent list of Chicago vegetarian restaurants. You can also fill out a survey once you've watched an episode and receive some free recipes and coupons. This Sunday's show is titled “Lentil Loaf and PotatoLess Mashed.” Don't worry: the featured dessert is a batch of brownie cookies. After all, chocolate is vegetarian.