You know that bumper sticker that says, “Live simply that others may simply live”?
That’s been my motto on a number of fronts lately, including clothing and transportation, but especially food.
I’ve been eating mostly meat-free, with a few exceptions, fairly simple recipes that can be made quickly, and using a lot of produce I got at the local farmers’ market.
Eating this way, I figure, is good for
- my health (mostly local, unprocessed food, lots of fruits, veggies and grains)
- my budget (not too much meat, inexpensive, staple ingredients)
- my time (not much to spare at the moment!)
- the planet, in the sense of the environment (eating local, mostly plant-based food helps reduce carbon emissions enormously)
- the planet, in the sense of social justice and food security around the world (I gave this article to my students for an in-class activity this week.)
I also think it’s important to note that eating simply doesn’t mean undereating; I’m still getting lots of those carbs, fats and proteins. Just maybe from different sources.
Here’s what I enjoyed on Sunday:
Breakfast: Annie’s Organic Cocoa Bunnies with lactose-free milk, local cantaloupe. I tried the Cocoa Bunnies since they were on sale and made with mostly low-FODMAP ingredients, but I decided they were too sweet for my cereal tastes. I definitely have a sweet tooth, but for some reason I don’t much like sweetened cereal, with the exception of hot cereals and granola. I’m sure I’ll still eat ’em dry for snacks, though!
Elevensies: Fried eggs, Luna bar (unpictured). Fried eggs are such a delicious, inexpensive, and quick-to-prepare source of protein.
Unusually late lunch (almost 3:00pm): Cheese and tomato sandwiches. The gluten-free bread rounds and tomatoes were both from the farmers’ market. I can’t get enough of cheese and tomato sandwiches during tomato season.
Supper: Brown rice pasta with leftover beet pesto. I also cooked up the beet greens on the side. Followed by a couple of mini Reese’s and Kisses, a thank you gift my neighbor had brought by earlier that afternoon.
Monday night I had the same spaghetti and pesto but with a side of salad made from local lettuce and tomatoes, plus feta, balsamic and olive oil. The picture turned out too pretty not to post!
Bedtime snack: Simple banana nice cream. One frozen banana, one spoonful almond butter, blended. I know bananas are imported, but I adore them.
Thanks, as always, to the fabulous WIAW team!
Do you ever think about how your diet impacts food security around the world? Pretty interesting stuff.