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“How to eat Fried Worms” (vegan-style)

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Does anyone remember the book from elementary school: How to eat Fried Worms?

That’s what came to mind as I assembled today’s lunch. I started out with a monster salad (mixed greens, spinach, and lots of chard), with sesame-ginger dressing and crunchy almonds. So far so good. But then, when I cooked up some of my newest-favorite high-protein spaghetti, things got ugly.

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Really ugly. Above, the spaghetti and salad, along with garlic-y zucchini, which I sautéed using this healthy method. Nothing wrong with how my lunch tasted!

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Do you know how hard it is to make that pasta appear appetizing? Looks like a plate filled with earthworms!!


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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 

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  1. Faith says:

    Thank you for admitting you’ve tried Milk Bones! I remember once when I was very little – like 6 or 7 – I was SUCH a picky eater that my mother told me if I didn’t want to eat the dinners she made me, she’d just start serving me dog food…so what did I do? JUST to be a petulant little imp I stuck my hand in the bag of Alpo and started crunching the kibble…and she swears I was smiling like I liked it :/ That right there is far more worrisome than worm noodles! (Which look absolutely fabulous, for the record).

  2. abby says:

    hahahahahaha oh this post made me laugh so much! when i was little, i was always afraid to eat watermelon seeds, because my mom said a watermelon would grow in my tummy!

  3. Katie says:

    Haha, I loved that book in elementary school – and my kiddos still love it today! And now it’s even a movie.

    I ate cat food when I was little, just to see what it tasted like. 🙂 No worms, though…

  4. Valerie says:

    My dear little daughter has you all beat: about a year ago, she ate a red ant. Picked it up and just plopped it onto her tongue. I was horrified! And not just because we’re vegetarians ;).

  5. KeepItSweet says:

    makes me think of that dirt dessert- where you have pudding, cookie crumbs and gummy worms haha

    1. MMm I remember that stuff. Maybe I should look into a vegan version, as now you’ve given me a craving. I haven’t had that in years!

      1. VEGirl says:

        You know, I bet you could use your agar pudding base to make a chocolate pudding, then use the vegan gummies (they have vegan BEARS? It could be like a forest pudding– with dirt and bears!). Then use vegan chocolate cookie crumbs for the rest!?

        1. My favorite part was always the cool whip. Weird, huh? It’s not even the chocolate!
          Anywhoos, I’m going to try your idea!! Maybe with my homemade whip too.

  6. eatandrun says:

    Another milk bone eater here!

  7. Sarahishealthy says:

    Oh those banana cereal pictures DO look good! I’m off to check out Marianne’s blog now.
    But Katie, I also think your lunch looks good :).

  8. Lindsay says:

    Wow! Those fried worms actually kind of look like worms!

    The banana cereal looks yummy 🙂

    1. LOL I told you! Haha it’s like green ketchup: if you close your eyes, it tastes good. But if you look at what you’re eating… not so much!

  9. Albizia says:

    These spaghetti actually look appealing to me. But I’m weird so I suppose my opinion doesn’t count 🙂 .

    I haven’t ever eaten real worms but I have also tried dog food and I must admit I liked it. Other weird things… Well, when I was 5 I ate a whole snow ball while my mom wasn’t looking at me. And I didn’t catch a cold 😛

    1. Oh your opinion does too count! Plus, taste is what’s important, and they tasted soooo good! 🙂

  10. VEGirl says:

    HAHA!! I read how to eat fried worms like four ears ago or something. Ick, I really didn’t get it (it was the year before I went vegan). Let me see… have I ever eaten anything strange. Well, I used to like sucking on coins! I really liked the metallic taste. And, um…. yeah can’t think of anything else. There’s probably a ton of gross stuff I’m not thinking of right now!

  11. mckella says:

    I ate ants once, cat food a few times, and Playdough quite a few times!

  12. I’ve tried cat food . . . and I thought Miracle Grow was crushed-up Oreo. 🙁

  13. Jenny says:

    Your lunch looks awesome to me, Katie! Wish I could try some of that black bean pasta – I LOVE your garlicky zucchini “recipe”/cooking method and have it with whole grain spaghetti… but I love black beans so…

    I remember eating black ants during recess. :S There was an ant-eating competition… and I was a tomboy, so I joined the boys in some of their weird competitions like that. I also lived in Asia when I was little, so I had lots of chances to eat strange things. XD Fried grasshoppers, scorpions on toasty flatbread, and some pretty horrific Filipino dishes…

    What are Milk Bones, though?!

    1. Dog biscuits. Really gross ones, too, with all sorts of awful ingredients!
      Ants are probably a whole lot healthier!

  14. radioactivegan says:

    I don’t remember eating anything too odd, although I do remember reading that book.

    My friend’s little sister ate a battery once (needless to say she went to the hospital for that one). And my Dot (grandmother) will readily admit she was a paste eater in her younger days.

  15. Fi says:

    I cant say Ive ever eaten worms, but I have eaten washing up liquid, thinking it was icing sugar, not a very good mistake to make, ha.

  16. You are so right about that pasta, but i keep coming back for more… Too bad it is so expensive and lacks fiber… I wonder why this is? It is made from pure black beans?

    1. Eh, I get more than enough fiber in other areas of my diet, so I don’t really care about that. Sometimes I have to worry about getting too MUCH fiber lol! I love the protein stats in this, as I’m more of a carb-loving girl who isn’t big on meat analogs.

      Yeah, the only ingredients are black beans and water.

  17. stylish1 says:

    While I’ve never had worms I’ve had my fair of spaghetti in my day lol. Hmm weird food? Um I’ve dipped dorito’s into plain vanilla ice cream loL! Oh man to make it worse, it was good!!

  18. GabyE says:

    When I was a kid I ate mud on a dare, and I’ve definitely had Milk Bones before, its very unfortunate that Scooby Snacks look so similar.

    That banana bread in a bowl looks amazing! And so do the ugly noodles, I love ugly food, it’s so much fun!

  19. I never ate any bugs but I did eat both cat and dog food and every type of plant. Grass, leaves, honeysuckle, and lots of wild green onions. Those were a significant part of my elementary school diet.

  20. EmbraceYourSkin says:

    Yep, I too tried a dog treat once. That was about it though. I knew lots of kids who ate bugs but I always thought it was gross!

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