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I like cooking.

02.01.2010

There I said it Internet, I like cooking. At least now I do.

Amazing what six months and a little will power can do for change.

Now, before I got setting off red flags with my family members and friends, let me be the first to admit that I used to have no interest in cooking. I never really learned to cook growing up, something about it intimidated me, and at the first sign of messing up, I usually threw in the towel. Then when we got engaged and later married, I took it as a challenge from Cent to show him that I could cook. Initially, I think he took my disinterest in cooking as meaning I didn’t know how.

Well, six months later, I actually kind of look forward to it. I try to show myself up each time I cook by proving to myself that I won’t mess it up. Or at least just minimally. Over the last month we were on a meat-free diet and we had to get creative in cooking, having always cooked with meat as the main staple. I reached out to family, friends, and the Internet for best suggestions for vegetarian eats.

I think I also identified my previous beef (no pun intended) with cooking. I’ve learned through trial and error how important it is to read the recipe from beginning to end. A couple of times. And then while cooking to read each step carefully. (I tried making chili with dry beans when the recipe called for canned. BIG DIFFERENCE! Think, crunchy beans…)

The chili in question:

Yesterday ended our no-meat diet. Since watching Food Inc, we will definitely be more conscious about what we buy and what we eat. I don’t think we’ll be switching to a completely vegetarian diet, however, I think we’ll be cutting down on the amount of meat we consume.

So here are a few of the recipes that we made that were yummy and meat free:

Happy Monday!

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The Moving Chronicles: Thinking Before We Eat

01.25.2010

Two weeks ago, I mentioned that we’d be going vegetarian until the end of the month. Well, we’re in the home stretch. And I’m not going to lie, it’s been tough. Going to the supermarket and seeing the meat aisle. As a self-proclaimed steak lover, it was hard.  Although, not as difficult as I imagined it would be.

Cent and I have had Food Inc. in our Netflix queue for a couple of months now and we hadn’t watched it yet. Until this weekend. We figured this would be the perfect opportunity to watch.

Wow.  Food Inc. is so good. Everyone should see this movie at one point or another. It’s an eye-opening account of where our food comes from in the United States. I guess I didn’t really realize how the agricultural industry has been taken over by big business. It’s very well made, thought provoking, and not preachy. While there were a few parts I had to close my eyes for, it was really good. It urges consumers to be more conscious of their food choices.

At the end of the documentary, Cent said, “Buy organic.” I never expected to hear these words from him!

So to make a more conscious effort about what we put on our plates and put in our mouths, I’ve researched some local options.

For those in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, here are a few farmer’s market options:

Dallas Farmers Market: Open 7 days a week, 8:00am – 6:00pm | 1010 S. Pearl Expressway, Dallas, TX 75201

Cowtown Farmers Market: Open Wednesdays and Saturdays, 8:00am – 12:00pm |  3821 Southwest Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76116

Sprouts Famers Market: Open daily, 8:00am – 10:00pm | Multiple locations in the DFW area.

And there’s also Whole Foods. Funnily enough, I’ve still NEVER been in that store. I guess I now have an excellent excuse to go hit one up!

Do you know where your food is coming from?

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Fun with Fruits and Vegetables

01.11.2010

If you’ve been reading my blog, you know that I like to share little snippets of my personal life. Last week I posted about how I’ll be taking a break from desserts and sweet stuff and getting in shape and making changes in 2010.

Well, for the rest of the month of January Cent and I will be living a meat-free life. And I can hear echoes of shock from my family as they read this, since they know how much of a carnivore I am. Hey, I won’t pretend, I’m a big fan of meat. Hamburgers, steaks, chicken nuggets, turkey…yummm. I learned how to eat steak in France, when we lived there for three years, and it’s become a regular staple in our meals.

So why the change?

Well, to start off the year with a kick, we’re doing a 21-day fast, which includes eliminating meat and focusing on whole foods, such as whole grains, vegetables, and fruits. And I’ll be the first to admit that I need to eat more vegetables. Like 26 years worth of daily vegetables.

I’ve also heard that the movie Food, Inc. is a great, eye-opening documentary about where our food comes from. We haven’t seen it yet, but it’s in our Netflix Instant Queue, so we may watch it while we are vegetarians for the rest of the month.

So blog readers, I’m asking for your help. Since I’m a total novice when it comes to this no-meat thing, please comment below with your best vegetarian recipes and any tips you might have for the transition.

We’re going until January 31 to start. We’ll see how it goes. Maybe longer.

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