When I decided to stop eating meat 2+ years ago, I thought I was making the best environmental choice. I still think that beef is pretty much environmentally disastrous, but I was completely disheartened to read this article about one of my favorite foods (quinoa). Long story short: a lot of vegetarian staple foods are actually pretty horrible for increasing poverty and destroying rain forest in South America. I definitely need to evaluate some of my dietary choices a little more carefully from now on.
In less depressing news, I’ve been mixing up my workouts a lot lately, and Ellie’s all about it. Today she was helping me with situps. (I did this workout and it was great!) I still am not swimming as much as I should, but next week, I’m determined to go to the pool twice. I’ll let you know if that actually happens.
I’ve also been broadening my podcast horizons. I’m still obsessed with the Joy the Baker Podcast and I download This American Life religiously, but I now love the Rich Roll Podcast too. I read his book Finding Ultra and it was incredibly inspiring. Basically he went from an out of shape alcoholic to a vegan super-endurance (multiple Ironman) athlete.
Cooking has been a little lackluster around here lately, or at least not blog-worthy. So much kale, in so many forms.
This was celery root and potatoes, cooked in milk until just tender, then tossed with kale which I’d sauteed in butter. I mixed them together and topped with a little bit of grated Irish cheddar cheese. Not completely healthy, but it’s been super cold (OK, Bay Area cold, which means barely below freezing every night) so I wanted comfort food.
Also, kale salads as usual.
Horrible photo, delicious salad: curly kale, lemon juice, tahini, Braggs aminos, and hemp seeds. Hippie food at its best.
I’ve made meatless meatballs before but these are a little different. They are from the Sprouted Kitchen Cookbook and I put them on a bed of sauteed chard and cauliflower. They’re a little bit dry, so next time I’ll put them in sauce, but I highly recommend them! The fennel seeds are the best part – they totally remind me of the sausages my mom used to get at our local grocery store, but these don’t have all that grease.