Monday, January 24, 2011
The Wonderfully Patient Spouse and I are undertaking a little challenge -- Meatless Mondays. I've been reading a lot about Meatless Mondays in my favorite food magazines. It's an international movement to reduce personal meat consumption by 15 percent -- hey, it's good for us and good for the environment. (Did you know the meat industry is behind 1/5 of man-made greenhouse gas emissions? There, now you do. And if you love food factoids, here are a couple more.)
It is the latest food fad? Maybe. Does it make sense? Absolutely. Upon reflection (which is totally quite amazing for me since I generally avoid self-reflection at any cost), I realized I was easily eating meat at twice a day (lunch and dinner), and geez, sometimes three times if you count a weekend breakfast out and about. Our prehistoric ancestors were probably lucky to get a mastodon burger once a month.
Do I need meat twice a day? No. At the ripe old age of 58, I need fruits, veggies, calcium and a jolt of fiber now and then. Yes, fiber. There, I said it. Sorry.
So here's to Meatless Monday #1 and counting: Baked potato, caramelized onion and mushrooms, roasted grape tomatoes and thyme with a dollop of ricotta cheese. Pretty darn delish. I could only eat half of mine.
But P.S. I ate a whole lot of potato skin. A girl's got to get her fiber, you know.
P.P.S. No meal time photos this time around: The afternoon light is wretched.