Healthy eating with meat

The problem with the Paleo diet is that we are in endless need of meat.

He’s the one on the diet, but since I have to feed him AND us, I may as well cook accordingly…

Sure we have a freezer full of venison, some of which I do eat even though I’m not crazy for venison in general, but really I can only eat so many beef/pork/venison burgers or meatballs before getting bored (or sick of it).

We used to have a butcher. He died. We no longer have chicken from the Mennonite farm he used to get it from, nor eggs. We no longer have his awesome sausages. We have to shop for meat at other stores that serve organic, or at least pasture-fed, humanely raised meat-animals.

Beretta Organic Farms sells at Wholefoods and at Loblaws, even. So that’s one option, but that means get in the car and drive a distance. I’m a local kinda gal. I prefer doing my shopping close to home, if possible. So I either make the trip once or twice a month and spend a small fortune to fill the freezer, or I order via mom who passes Wholefoods on her way to visit us once a week.

Once upon a time we knew a guy whose parents had a hobby farm. They sold us a half a cow and we were happy! They also had a few chickens, eggs and a bunch of yummy squashes…but that freezer full of various cuts of beef was heavenly. So easy to plan meals! I will have to make the effort to find someone who sells us half a cow again.

While trying to accommodate his paleo needs, I have found that eating less grain in general (even though most of our grain is whole grain) has helped me in terms of battling mid-afternoon fatigue. But to say it’s challenging to cook this way in winter when most of the fruit and veg is imported, greenhoused, and mediocre at best in terms of taste, is pretty much an understatement.

Which brings us to the fantastic weather we’ve been having over the past few weeks. WARM, sunny, and if I stick my finger in the soil of my garden beds, I can feel it move. The soil! It moves! This normally doesn’t happen until May in these parts. Usually the soil is cold and clumpy, frozen even.

So the itch to sow a few seeds that can handle frost has taken me over. I’m thinking arugula, which can be eaten both raw in salads or cooked. The parsley and chives are poking through already too, and are ready for snipping to add to salads and sandwiches. Or on top of eggs.

In the meantime, I dug out a package of chicken and two turkey legs out of the freezer. The turkey legs are bigger so I put them in the crockpot with some orange slices, and the chicken will be defrosted in time to bbq later. Dinner for tonight is covered.

Don’t ask me what to make tomorrow.

Edibles

edibleToronto magazine, Spring 2009

edibleToronto magazine, Spring 2009

I recently came across a magazine called edibleToronto and really liked what I saw. The magazine’s focus is in line with the current trend to shop and eat local, to grow your own food, to be environmentally responsible, and to sustain the small business owner.  No features of chain stores or fast food joints that I have seen so far!

I saw an index in the back of the magazine that astonished me. This is not a new idea! There are many, many cities who have the same idea. My sister, for example, sent my mom the edibleVancouver version, which I haven’t had a chance to read beyond the first page yet, but I am still intrigued. This is right up my valley!

If you believe in the current trend, if you try to live a responsible lifestyle, if you like to eat real food as opposed to processed non-food, if you like to garden (no matter how small you patch may be), even if you want to move into the country, these magazines have ideas to help inspire you on your journey to a better, healthier lifestyle.

As a matter of fact, I would like to introduce a new path on this very blog, currently mostly a mommyblog, that will focus on this idea, using the edible magazines as inspiration. Content about this will be filed under Edibles, and I hope to file, among other things, websites I want to keep track of, as well as share with visitors to my blog.

To begin, I have 3 ideas I’d like to check into further, once I have a few uninterrupted moments:

100 Mile Challenge

Not a huge fan of tv to begin with, this website chronicles people who have signed up to this challenge. I may continue buying lemons and bananas for now, items not grown locally in this vast land, but inspirational people inspire me.

City Farmer

City farmer! That’s me. I got heirloom tomato plants lined up on my sunniest window sill right at this very moment! Will look further into this site.  According to one little article, it’s easy to grow your very own shiitake mushrooms…how neat is that? Given the price of these perishables at your local grocery store…Definitely worth a visit.

Book: Inquiries into the nature of Slow Money, investing as if Food, Farms and Fertility Mattered (Chelsea Green Publishing).

This is a book that would interest me. Woody Tasch, the author, describes an economic system that invests in local economies and has the patience to wait for slow and steady returns. He also questions our unreasonable and unrealistic demand for rapid growth and record profits.

And these are just the start. Welcome to the Javaline Edibles!

PS Edible Vancouver is using Twitter: http://twitter.com/EdibleVancouver