Tiene is a 6th grade teacher working in South LA. She graduated with a BS in Biology and MA in education.
Q When did you become a vegetarian?
A I became a vegetarian in September 2006... 4 years ago.
Q Why did you become a vegetarian?
A I became vegetarian to try to reduce the amount of suffering on earth and also to reduce my carbon footprint.
Q What is the most common misunderstanding you face about being vegetarian?
A The most common misunderstanding I faced was that I wasn't going to get all the nutrients and protein that I needed to survive.
Q What is your strategy for maintaining a vegetarian diet?
A My strategy is to eat a variety of veggies and to make sure I have some dairy products in my diet everyday. I try to ensure that I have one protein-rich product in every meal.
Q What is your favorite meal?
A My mom makes a lot of great vegetarian dishes. My favorite dish from her is a tofu and tomato stir-fry.
Q What is your favorite dish to prepare?
A My favorite dish to prepare is a vegetarian burrito with beans, rice, cheese, lettuce, salsa, and avocado!
Q What is your favorite cookbook?
A I don't really use cookbooks; I watch my mom cook and try to recreate what she does!
Q What is your favorite restaurant?
Q Which culinary tools do you use most in your kitchen?
A Cutting board, knife, chopsticks? Nothing fancy.
Q Do you have any advice/thoughts you'd share with people who are considering becoming vegetarian?
A It's not that bad! You just have to monitor your food intake to make sure you have enough protein and vitamins. There's a ton of great vegetarian restaurants in SoCal to help introduce you to how great vegetarian food can taste!