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Friday, January 23, 2009

IF You're A Carnivore

Shortly after Christmas, I bought a 'greener living' page-a-day calendar. I had to share one with you that I, as a biologist, scoff at.

It says
"less flesh
If you're a carnivore, aim to cut your meat intake in half this year. Meat
takes more resources to produce than other forms of protein, so it's an
inefficient source of fuel."

First of all, IF you're a carnivore? There's no ifs, ands or buts. We are carniverous. It just so happens that some people fight millenia of evolution and choose not to eat meat. But that instinct to eat meat is always there. And I might as well forestall any vegetarian-is-better arguments, cuz I don't wanna hear 'em. I know all the pros and cons. I simply believe that beef is better.

Second of all, to say humans are carnivores is misleading. We truly aren't. We are omnivores. Carnivores eat only meat. Herbivores eat only plant life. Humans eat a variety of foods - plants and animals, therefore we are omnivores.

Third of all, yes it does take a great deal of resources to cultivate meat sources. However, we live in an area of the world where it takes almost as many resources to procure other forms of protein like beans, lentils, soy, etc ... These are items that have to be shipped here for the better part of the year. In areas of the world where it's NOT -25 on a daily basis in the winter, the other-sources-of-protein-is-cheaper argument is valid.

If we want to reduce our green footprint, then the best choice would be to buy locally. And that includes your meats.

Variety and moderation. Thought and planning. Simple concepts people.

RR Mac and Cheese

So Thursday night, we tried another Rachael Ray mac and cheese recipe. Oh my!

Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese - 4 out of 5 stars. Super yummy! It's a little more labour intensive than the Pimento Mac and Cheese, but oh so worth it! It could all be made, mixed and refrigerated the night before to make supper easier one night a week. Anyway, it's a Swiss-Cheddar cheese sauce over macaroni and mini meatballs. The mini meatballs are deelish - it calls for 1 tbsp of grill seasoning so I did a mix of VE Beef and Steak Rub and VE BBQ Rub. Those babies were amazing! Anyway, I would highly recommend this recipe. Even the pickiest of eaters couldn't say no to it!

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Rachael Ray for Lunch

Last Friday, I had Mel over for lunch and we tried two Rachael Ray recipes - Pimento Mac and Cheese and Honey Mustard Green Bean Salad.

Pimento Mac and Cheese - 4 out of 5 stars. It was AWESOME! It was soooo good. It's a recipe RR made by marrying Pimento Cheese Ball and Mac and Cheese. When I first looked at the recipe, I wasn't sure there would be a lot of flavour, but I was oh so wrong. It was deelish! Definitely worth trying!

Honey Mustard Green Bean Salad - 1.5 out of 5 stars. This recipe sounded so good on paper, but in reality was a big flop. Now it could have been the beans. Instead of fresh, I used frozen. Maybe if I had used the fresh, it would have tasted better. Not that my mother didn't like it. She loved it! So maybe it wouldn't matter what kind of beans I used, I wouldn't like it any way. Maybe it just came down to personal taste.

Tonight, for supper, we will be trying another Mac and Cheese recipe ... Cheeseburger Mac and Cheese. Can't wait to see how it turns out!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Recipe For Disaster

Snow + A Cold = Potential Disaster.

I have my first cold of the season, courtesy of my little germ factory, Alivia. In fact, she generously shared her germs with not only me, but Jackie and Mum. Such a giving girl, huh? Anyway, I started out with a sore throat Thursday night, head cold Friday and Saturday, chest congestion on Sunday and today.

The head cold is pretty much gone ... I think that is courtesy of the Zinc-Echinacea-Vit C lozenges(so tasty!) and the Neti Pot. Ahh .. the Neti Pot. My new best friend! This little thing rocks the sinuses! If you have a sinus problem (Kim, Mel, Sarah K), you should really try this baby out! It will totally change your life!

Anyway, back to the recipe. Of course we have a storm overnight. Mother Nature is a vindictive bitch sometimes. So I have to go out this morning and shovel the driveway because I KNOW Jack's mother will be there as early as possible. It took Mum and I 70 minutes to scoop the driveway and walkways. By the time I got back inside, I was wheezing like a 60-year old chain smoker. And pretty sure I'd hacked up a lung and left it in one of the snow banks somewhere. Maybe I will find it in the spring thaw.

Needless to say, this morning did not start out well. And with the snow still falling, it won't be much better this afternoon when I have to go back out and shovel again!