Sacrificing her native Poland's meaty meals came easily to Bogusia Antczak when she moved to Oregon and married a vegetarian.
"The meat did not taste like the meat in Poland whatsoever," she says. "When I grew up in Poland, everything was organic; when I left, everything was organic."
Antczak says she couldn't justify preparing vegetarian foods for just one member of the family, even without her aversion to meats sold in American supermarkets with synthetic chemicals, hormones and preservatives. So she adapted traditional Polish dishes into meatless meals for the whole family, buying as many organic ingredients as possible and learning about farming methods in the United States.
"I just replaced meat parts with beans and grains and veggies," she says. "It was actually a lot fun and a challenge."