Sunday, May 9, 2010

Buying Organic Meats, budgeting ideas.....

I watched Food, Inc. recently, click here to see the trailer.  What an eye opener! 

I put off watching it.  It is so important to be informed about what is going on in the world of  "corporate" food production.  It's not farming, so ridiculous!  Lately I've wondered how local grocery stores could sell Perdue boneless chicken breasts from $ .99 to $1.98/lb.  Watch the documentary, you will understand how.  It is more important than ever to buy our foods from actual FARMERS.  People who take pride in their animals and treat them humanely.  If an animal is standing in waste, fed unhealthy foods that they aren't meant to eat, and given crazy growth hormones to fatten them up unbelievably fast, the end product simply cannot be good for the human body.   Watch the documentary, you will understand what I'm talking about.

Think about this.  Try cutting meat out two to three times a week by making good, vegetarian type meals and you will have more in your budget for the better meats/poultry.  In fact, you will most likely SAVE money!Most of us eat entirely too much meat on a daily basis.  The recommended daily allowance varies depending on your age and size and is given in grams per serving.  Find out what your RDA is on this grams to ounces conversion calculator.

There are so many delicious things you can make that kids, yes, I said kids, will love.  Macaroni and cheese, whole wheat spaghetti with marinara sauce topped with a healthy shaving of parmigiano reggiano, meatless tamale pie , etc.  Also, make dishes where you are using only 3-4 oz. of meat/ serving.  For example, vegetable stir fry using meat as a condiment, pasta sauces with small amounts of chicken or ground meats.   Our bodies are not equipped to digest 8-16 oz portions!  I'm working on brown rice and cheese stuffed poblano peppers (chile rellenos.) what's not to love about that?

Let us all say "NO" to this out of hand corporate way in which we feed our people.  Less dollars in their pockets send a very telling message.  Let's use this information to make better choices for the environment and the health of our families.

We can do it!  I am going to do my best to share recipes that use smaller amounts of meat and poultry.  We're going to get healthier together!

I am so up for the challenge!

Have a great week!

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