Monday, July 13, 2009

A Beefy Meal

by Meghann on July 13, 2009

There have been many reviews on Food Inc floating around this past month, including my own. Some rehash the facts, some promote change and others remain unbias. I highly suggest everyone go and see the movie on their own and develop their own opinions. Everyone takes away something different, but I believe the movie all makes us stop and think.

For instance while I was grocery shopping on Sunday I felt inspired to stop and read labels to see just exactly how far that piece of fruit or meat traveled to make it to that spot. Food Inc does an excellent job promoting the importance of local/ organic goods as a way to protect our future selves and the planet. I had unfortunately missed a trip to my favorite Farmer’s Market this week, but I did manage a Whole Foods excursion.

As I wandered Whole Foods I paid extra attention to the bright orange Local and organic signs. I picked up fresh in season produce. I did have a hard time finding items I wanted that were grown locally as Florida’s Hot, Hot weather throws off our seasons, but I reasoned with a few organic splurges that did not have to travel too far.

After watching Food Inc I paid attention in particular when I walked passed the meat counter. I bet I might be the only one out there who saw Food Inc and was actually inspired to purchase ground beef when I otherwise probably would not have. The meat department at my Whole Foods had Southern Raised Grass Fed Ground Beef from Southern Georgia for sale. Once I saw that option I felt compelled to support the farm and purchased ½ a pound.

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I know, I know it was a little pricey for $6.99 a pound, but one of my favorite quotes from the farmer in Food, Inc was “You wouldn’t purchase the cheapest car, why would you purchase the cheapest meat?” For some reason this line really spoke out to me. In reality I am just cooking for one person and as this was my first time purchasing actual ground beef in probably a year, the $6.99/lb price tag oddly did not sound too bad. Especially since I would be getting at least 2 meals out of the ½ pound purchase.

Immediately when I saw the ground beef the thought of a juicy hamburger came to mind, but upon deeper thought the idea of a true Meatloaf was too good to pass up.

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(sorry for the less then stellar photo!)

To me meatloaf is an American staple and everyone has their own way of creating the perfect one. I have perfected mine over the years and believe it’s a winner. It’s quick, easy and juicy and flavorful.

Ingredients:

  • ½ lb Grass Fed Organic Ground Beef 😉
  • 2 Heaping Squirts of Ketchup
  • Squirt of Honey Mustard
  • 1/2 cup Oats
  • 1/2 small Onion
  • Small Tomato, diced
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Oragano
  • Basil
  • Dried Onion

Simply combine all of the ingredients and form a loaf. I like to slather a little more ketchup on top as well. Bake in the oven at 375 for 35 minutes.

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With my meat loaf I had some organic Broccoli

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And Mashed Rutabaga.

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The mashed rutabaga in my opinion is better then plain mashed taters. I simply steamed the cubes of rutabaga until they were soft, then broke out the hand blender and went to town.

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The trick to creamy mashed rutabaga is the addition of Oikos Plain Greek Yogurt during the blending process.

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My environmentally friendly meal.

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If you have never tried grass fed beef I would suggest switching over and at least giving it a try. It has a unique flavor that oddly tastes fresher then normal beef. I wonder if I were to give the meal to an unexpecting person if they would notice the difference.

Now, if you follow my blog you will note any sort of meat on here is a rarity. In fact I am often asked if I am a vegetarian when obviously I am not. Instead I like to call myself a flexitarian. I do follow a mainly vegetarian diet simply for the fact I LOVE vegetables and like to promote them as a highlight in any and every meal. But as a true foodie I also appreciate meat and all the different wonderful tastes and textures that come with it.

I believe what the meat industry does to factory raised animals is wrong and I try to avoid purchasing and consuming it when ever possible. I, however, do encourage & support local, organic farmers who raise animals in an open, caring environment without the use of chemicals or drugs. For me, this is just the better option, but I know it is simply not possible for everyone. Maybe one day it will be. If there is anything we should take away from Food Inc, it’s ultimately we have the power for change, right?

I can’t promise how many meat themed meals you will find on here, but I promise they will all be organic and health friendly.

Now, I am going to step down from my high horse and get on with dessert. Which sadly isn’t 100% organic, but it was tasty. 😉

I tried the Chocolate Fig Vitatop with a scoop of SO Delicious Coconut Ice Cream.

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I liked the fig vitatop, it reminded me of the inside of a fig newton. Yum! 🙂

This afternoon I also snacked on an Honest Foods Bar while working at my desk.

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I really like these Honest Foods bars and their wonderful ingredient list.

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For a small bar they pack quite a hearty punch and can always fill me up for a couple hours.

Sorry, for the wordy post! I’ll be less wordy tomorrow. 😉

Good night!

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