Wednesday, November 2, 2011

what's eating you?

Yesterday I ordered Thai for dinner. I told myself it was because I was low on groceries. More honestly, it's because I was feeling too lazy to cook. I called my favorite neighborhood Thai restaurant, and within 30 minutes, I was digging into spicy green curry (shrimp, bamboo shoot, eggplant, string bean, thai basil, coconut milk), sautéed pea greens, and brown rice. It was amazing.
What's not amazing was how much it's cost me. It was certainly not expensive, but I have to be more mindful of how I spend more money. Since part of my workday is spent at home, I have the time to take advantage of the kitchen and make soups like this one, this one, and every single one of these. I obviously can prepare more than just soup (look below, squash!), it just happens to be my warming winter meal of choice (not that it's even winter yet).
And all of this leads me to a confession, I suppose: A few weeks ago I was telling Leslie how I'd been eating meat this summer. Not often, and hardly weekly, but sometimes. I don't even think it's because I was seeing someone. I enjoyed grilled filet mignon, and barbecue ribs, and recently, chicken-vegetable soup. I wouldn't have eaten any of it I didn't want to, and I wanted to those few times. It was good!
I wouldn't call myself an omnivore quite yet though. I initially stopped eating meat because I didn't want to prepare it; I still don't. I usually order fish when dining out because it is my favorite animal protein. I continue to have issues with the meat and dairy industries; and although I love organic yogurt, their other products don't digest well. Plus, being that I'm cooking for myself most of the time, I will be eating oatmeal, farmers market eggs, winter greens, seasonal vegetables (unlike those in the summer salad above), and lots of soup anyway. So, there you go. I'm still determining my eating habits, but I think this'll work for now.


  1. welcome to the reformed eater club! i was a strict vegetarian (no fish ever, vegan for one of those years)for eight years. these days, i eat chicken/ turkey on a near-daily basis. don't ask, because i don't have answers - i'm just doing what feels right. woo!

  2. If you have issues with the meat and dairy industries, definitely seek out local grass-fed products from the farmer's market; not only do the animals live like they should, eating the things they're meant to eat, but it's also extremely healthier for you. I was a vegetarian and a vegan for quite some time, and it was not until I started to reincorporate animal products that I completely regained my health, happiness, and well-being.

    A great source online for fabulous quality grass-fed meats and dairy, as well as wild caught fish, is uswellness . com.

  3. First of all, that curry looks and sounds delicious!
    Secondly, as a meat-eater I agree that I was most intimidated with preparing meat myself once I started living on my own with being scared of salmonella/cross-contamination/not cooking it thoroughly enough; however I've slowly learned some recipes which are pretty easy and don't require a ton of "handling" of the raw meat.

  4. we have started to eat fish again, and eggs occasionally. we try to get it local but hard to do sometimes. we agree with you on the meat/dairy industry. crazy how bad it is.

  5. sofia: Exactly! Why didn't you tell me sooner? :)

    Jaime: Thanks for the suggestion! I actually don't feel comfortable preparing meat, but I am all for ordering it at restaurants that serve local, grass-fed products. The website referral is also much appreciated.

    saltwatercoffee: Oooh, it was. I almost wish that were more issue, but I'm more freaked out by the idea of raw flesh. Grosses me out :/.

    Pure2raw twins: I think it's smart to readjust your eating habits throughout life. Way to be conscious of your choices too!

  6. okay, first of all...THAI FOOD IS ALREADY NECESSARY! it needs no reason :)

  7. Mackenzie: You're right, you're right :).


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