It is good. We should all eat some. Thanks for reading.
Oh, I kid. I kid.
I have had many food-related thoughts and discussions in recent weeks. Perhaps because our default channel on the TV is Food Network. Anyway, I don't know how coherent this post will be, but I'll try to make some sense.
I want to try new recipes. I know that I tend to stick to the same basic dishes. I have tried some new recipes lately, but they are essentially variations on the same things. Some kind of meat with vegetables and perhaps pasta as a filler. I especially want to broaden my vegetable horizons. The SteamFresh bags of veggies are a miracle, but my family would probably like to eat something else every once in a while. I would like to try some new main dishes as well. We need to eat fish, but I'm not a big fan and I have no idea how to cook it. I know we need to eat less meat, in general, and make the meat we do eat be a better quality.
So why don't I just go ahead and try new things? Well, let me tell you about my many questions, both rational and irrational. On the silly side, I don't know where to find some of the ingredients in recipes that catch my eye. I'm intimidated by things I'm not familiar with and besides, store employees are a rare and unsighted species in my travels. Also, what if I make something and we all hate it? That is a waste of money. First we throw out the awful dish, and then we have to figure out what to eat instead, which could quite likely end up being takeout of some kind. Also, I don't feel like I have enough experience to carry out some of the techniques called for in recipes. Trying to get a meal on the table with the regular evening chaos is challenging enough without throwing in things like "reducing" or "braising" or whatever.
Another food related discussion going on in my head (what, doesn't everyone do this?) relates to the organic issue. Or the natural issue. Or the twig and seed issue. Okay, it is not that bad I know. It seems that each new day brings with it some new information about how bad something is that we have been eating for ages. Everything under the sun has high fructose corn syrup in it, I'm discovering. Lots of things have added sugar for no obvious purpose. Produce is covered in pesticides apparently. It is all so overwhelming. We have tried to make small changes, but even those can prove difficult to stick with over time. Not to mention the money factor. When everything costs more, it is especially hard to commit to buying more natural, organic food. I have to drive to a store twenty minutes away to have access to a large variety of natural/organic/preservative free food, and it is not kid-friendly for us. It looks like I'm going to have to get more dedicated to this particular area though. Monster was just put on an inhaled steroid indefinitely for respiratory issues. We have been in the doctor's office at least once a month this year trying to conquer this problem. They haven't told me has asthma, but they sure have given us lots of asthma-related medication. I want to try to make dietary changes and see if that can stem some of the problem and reduce our reliance on medication. So you might be reading tales of woe from the natural food store in the future.
Of course, there are also the thoughts on the bad food that I love to eat and that I have got to eliminate. I have not lost weight the last two weeks because I have not kept my commitment to cut out soda and fast food. I will never give up my sweets, but I can go without the other stuff a lot more frequently than I do. I've become way too good at keeping the junk away from my kids but not keeping it away from myself. I will allow myself some indulgences on occasion, but I'm recommitting to trying harder.
I'll end with a food success. I had to cook dinner last night (no dinner fairy showed up, darn it). We had chicken breast, elbow macaroni, and some cans of soup and broth. I marinated the chicken in Italian dressing and grilled it on the indoor grill. I boiled the pasta. I mixed a can of cream of mushroom soup (I know it is not the greatest) with some chicken broth and a few shots of sun-dried tomato salad dressing (so delicious). I also heated up a bag of SteamFresh green beans. I diced the chicken and dumped everything in one bowl. It was so yummy! My kids ate some, and I devoured it when I returned from the gym. When I reheated it I added a little more dressing, just because I love it so much. So, yea, I made something up and it was actually good.
What are your thoughts on food?