I think about food a lot. I spend time meal planning for the week for family dinners, lunches and snacks for the kids. I obsesses about meals when entertaining. I read Bon Appetit and Food & Wine and follow food trends. I make things like brown butter chocolate chip cookies because they look amazing on Pinterest, and they are, even though I know they aren’t good for my or my family. Sometimes I cleanse with juices or whole veggie and fruit diets, but most of the time I am the typical American omnivore.
The truth is it’s very easy to get into ruts when it comes to food. When I was single it was take-out, when Leo was a toddler it was sometimes hot dogs and mac’n’cheese and almost always it has been the rule of three; a protein (usually beef, chicken or fish), a vegetable and a carbohydrate. Season all three with olive oil, garlic, salt and pepper… maybe even some lemon juice or fresh parsley if I am feeling particularly ambitious- and voila! dinner! I have a lot of cookbooks but most of the time when I want to try something new I look at the list of ingredients and list of steps and think, “f*ck it, let’s just have the chicken that’s in the freezer.”
I’m starting to realize that it’s time to shake it up around here and get out of our food rut. A few things have inspired me.
1. My children– Leo has a strong preference for sugary foods and doesn’t really eat anything that has been spiced or seasoned. He is surviving mostly on Justin’s Chocolate Hazelnut Butter sandwiches, bananas and fruit snacks. I know this needs to change and I don’t want Lucy to fall into these same eating habits as a toddler. They both need to start trying more things, and actually eating them!
2. The California Drought– “Wait, what?” you’re thinking, “what does the drought have to do with what you’re eating?” I have been bombarded with a A LOT of compelling arguments about the meat and dairy industries use of water and how we all need to cut back (or eliminate meat and dairy from our diets). Just as we are shortening our showers and cutting back on outdoor watering we need to make more water-wise choices in our diets as well. All of the food that we eat requires water to grow or be produced but meat and dairy are amongst the worst offenders so we are starting our cut backs there… I’ve also cut out almond milk and bottled water but I’m not ready to give up wine yet! And last but not least….
3. My expanding waistline – because of my allergies and (newfound) asthma I haven’t been able to exercise as much or as hard as I want to and my recent bad food choices have been reflected in my thighs.
So here’s to changing it up! We are going to be eating outside of our usual box. Breaking the rule of three. Eating more veggies and less meat and dairy. Trying new spices and seasonings. If you know me, you know that I am terrible at recipes but I will try to share some of the things that we try and love along the way.
Life is like a bowl of veggies… let’s do this!