31 responses

  1. Brandi
    July 13, 2009

    very true about the car/meat analogy. it’s hard for me to find local meat around here, but I do try to do the best I can whenever possible and work with what I have.

    have a great night!

  2. HelpMeghanRun
    July 13, 2009

    I really do like the car/meat quote. So many people are concerned because they think healthy food is “too expensive,” but they’re spending lots of money on other stuff. Why shouldn’t you spend some money for what fuels you? Meatloaf looks good!


  3. biz319
    July 13, 2009

    Meat is one thing you don’t want to go “cheap” on. While I do frequent my 50% off meat because its the sell by date, I immediately use it that night, or freeze it.

    I once tried to put carrots in my husbands meatloaf – it didn’t go so well! 😀

  4. Island Girl Eats
    July 13, 2009

    The meatloaf looked really good. I would put the leftovers and have it as a sandwich for lunch!

    I can not wait to see Food, Inc. But sadly I think that I will have to wait for it to come out on dvd. I don’t think that we will get it on our small island!

  5. Emily (A Nutritionist Eats)
    July 13, 2009

    Hmm, I do love some good grass-fed organic beef…. 🙂
    I’m seeing the movie on Thursday and was kind of under the impression that I wouldn’t want to eat meat again – thanks for your opinion!

  6. runnerskitchen
    July 13, 2009

    I made a grass-fed bison meatloaf over the weekend – classic american fare that i felt good about eating 🙂 if you’ve never tried bison/buffalo i highly recommend it! it’s high in iron and b12, but contains less fat, cholesterol, and calories than other meats.

  7. MarathonVal
    July 13, 2009

    I love the quote about comparing your body to a car – it’s astonishing to me that so many people think it’s ok to put cheap, crappy stuff into their bodies when they put so much more money into things that are not as important – clothes, vacations, etc.

    I am hoping to see Food Inc Saturday and can’t wait!!

  8. Kelly
    July 13, 2009

    I definitely think you have a very educated point of view. It’s nice to see that you have researched the facts and have made an informed decision on eating meat products. I’ve had grass fed ground beef from Publix’s greenwise section but it’s been a while and I can’t remember if I thought it tasted different. Have a great night sister. Looking forward to Harry!

  9. meg c
    July 13, 2009

    You weren’t on a high horse at all! I found your insights refreshingly unpretentious.

  10. roseyrebecca
    July 13, 2009

    I’m seeing Food, Inc tomorrow night and I have a feeling I’ll be changing my meat purchases to organic when I get back to my apartment.

    I’ve never heard of Honest Bars. I’ll have to try one!


  11. Whit
    July 13, 2009

    I love meatloaf! Your recipe sounds fantastic!

    I also agree on buying organic local meat. It makes such a difference. I used to eat a lot more meat than I do now, and I find I feel much better.

  12. Danielle
    July 13, 2009

    This is a fantastic post Meghann! I only have meat or poultry to try an ethnic plate or family favorite and usually stick to pescatarian dishes but I agree with you 100% on what you said about the beef purchase. That part of the film certainly was very powerful. It’s amazing, in the saddest way, that people don’t consider that their health, their body, is worth the prices of better, healthier, more natural and whole foods. I sincerely hope that Food Inc. will bring about even the smallest of changes in the majority of meat-eating society 🙂

  13. Hangry Pants
    July 13, 2009

    Another good argument is that some people are willing to pay more money for sneakers or jewelry and others are willing to spend more money on quality food. It’s just a matter of spending your money where and how you want to.

    • caitlin
      July 14, 2009

      or eating OUT less. i get a lot of comments about my expensive grocery bill, but we hardly ever eat out. which is a waste of $$ anyway!

  14. TorontoGirloutWest
    July 13, 2009

    Perhaps the Rocky Mountain prices have thrown my sense off but that looks really reasonable for such high quality beef!!!!

  15. Christina
    July 13, 2009

    I wish Food, Inc would come to my town! Thanks for your mentions and thoughts on it though. I try to buy locally as well but the other day I purchased some fruit from a local farmer’s booth and when I got home saw a California sticker on it (I’m a NYer). It made me so mad!

    That rutabaga looks really good. I’ve never really heard of it, I’ll have to try some soon!

  16. Kathy (Moving Beyond Perfection)
    July 13, 2009

    I am so jealous of all those vitatop samples you got! They look yum! 🙂 Also, I guess I am really just paranoid, but ever since mad cow broke out, I stopped eating beef. I just HATE the idea that I might go crazy one day and not know it. I’d rather get bird flu or something and know right away what I have. haha yeah I guess that is weird. But also, my family was never huge at eating beef (maybe 4 times a year on whim?) so it was pretty easy for me to give up. Your meat loaf still looks good though!

  17. Courtney
    July 14, 2009

    I appreciate a nice wordy post once in a while! 🙂 Thanks for your insights about your meat choices. I would have done similarly. 🙂


  18. kath
    July 14, 2009

    Good for you for realizing supporting the
    local farmer is sometimes more important than ignoring the whole industry.

  19. D
    July 14, 2009

    I am glad you enjoyed the grass fed meat. It does taste better and it is actually better for you to eat. Can not beat that.

    Greate quote. It kills me that someone will complain it is too expensive to eat healthy, but drop quite a bit of money of makeup, clothes, etc…. Eating the real stuff is much more satisfying, anyway.

  20. leslie
    July 14, 2009

    mashed rutabaga with greek yogurt? you are so smart.

    great quote about spending money on food. for some reason, people always seem to skimp on grocery costs first. i stick to a budget, but i would cut down on many many other things before i would start cutting food costs. health is too important!

  21. Lauren
    July 14, 2009

    Good point to raise about buying the cheapest car vs. the cheapest meat. If it goes into our bodies, it should be the best we can afford! A good portion of my income goes toward quality food – organic dairy products, produce, and the occasional meat purchase. Yay for flexitarianism!

    Those Honest Foods bars are delish 🙂

  22. Mara @ What’s For Dinner?
    July 14, 2009

    I buy grass-fed beef whenever I can find it, and i agree, it definitely tastes fresher! Same goes for grain-fed pork and wild-caught fish…

  23. Krista
    July 14, 2009

    I eat much the same as you in that I don’t need to have meat with every meal….or even every day! I’ve always eaten this way, even as a child, so I’ve never given it much thought, but my hubby commented to me a few weeks ago that he would consider me a flexitarian. The comment kinda took me aback, but in a good way!
    Have you ever tried bison? I purchased some at Whole Foods a few weeks ago and made burger with it. They were fantastic!
    Have a great day, Meghann!

  24. Susan
    July 14, 2009

    I like the idea of buying local, but I don’t get AS thrown off by imported products as some. I mean, if you think about it, humans have been trading food for as long as they’ve been harvesting it. It’s kinda what we do! Many of the local farmers around here actually ship their best products elsewhere, and we’re left with the crappy remains 🙁

    I just started eating beef again. I’ll have to pick up some friendly ground cow and try out that meatloaf 🙂

  25. j
    July 14, 2009

    I agree with your point of view. I have no problem spending a lot on meat because it’s worth it! Like you, a half a pound can last for a few meals. I think sometimes people forget that red meat can be a part of a healthy diet.

  26. Jess
    July 14, 2009

    I love meatloaf, even though like you, I don’t eat it THAT much…espeically now that I live alone-it was a huge hit with my roomies in college.

    I like the idea of the mashed rutabagas but I’ve never eaten them…do they have any benefits over a traditional potato or do you just like to mix up your starch of choice?

  27. Betsy
    July 14, 2009

    Long time reader here, first time commenter – but I loved this post about local, organic, sustainable food.

    The quote from Food, Inc. reminded me of a chapter from Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food where he details what percentage American’s spend on their food vs. other healthier countries. On average, in the US, we spend less than 9% on our food – seems a bit low considering this is what our body uses to thrive – while in European countries like France and Italy they spend closer to 20%.

    If you ever get a chance, and are up for it, grass-fed, free-roam, raw milk is incredible. Tastes totally different.

  28. Rebeca
    July 14, 2009

    This is beautifully written and I agree with your points. It’s not as much about meat or no meat, it’s about where ALL your food comes from, and taking responsibility for that. In the end what’s 3.56 versus 1.50 if it means the cow was never allowed to walk around so as not to ‘toughen’ him up or some other craziness!

  29. Lauren
    July 15, 2009

    Has anyone ever tried the 100 calorie vitatops? Are they any better/worse for you? How are they different? Just curious!

  30. Kate
    July 15, 2009

    Just wanted to let you know, grass FED only means that at some point in the animal’s life, it was able to eat something besides grain; this can mean grass, and often this can mean mouldy old hay. So the term grass fed can be very deceiving because it is so open to interpretation.

    What is a better alternative is grass FINISHED meat, in which the animals has been allowed to live on a pasture and eat actual grass for it’s entiure lifespan. We always buy grass finished beef because I want to support farms that let animals roam and sustain pasture land. Very important to me.

    Just wanted to let you know that the difference between the two terms so that you know what you’re buying and eating! Love your blog!

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