Much Less Meat

Much Less Meat

I watched the first episode of Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution last night. So very depressing. People fighting over their right to eat garbage, feed their kids garbage. What is wrong with people? But how amazing is he? Even when the mean lunch ladies made him cry.

But it’s a bit too easy to feel superior to these people. I don’t feed my kid pizza for breakfast! I don’t let her have chocolate milk ever! But we’re eating way too much meat and sugar. And while I try to get fruits and vegetables into them – do Ben and I eat the recommended amounts? Nope.

So. I’m on the hunt for several meatless main courses to add to our repertoire of dinners. I put up the call for vegetarian dishes on my Facebook page and got lots of great suggestions which I’ll be cooking in the next week or so. Do any of you (um, you may be all the same people) have any great ideas?

And if you haven’t seen this, it’s worth a look. It’s Jamie Oliver’s Ted lecture on kids and food. So good.

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  1. heidi_pyper
    March 22, 18:42 Reply

    Hi Ceri,
    I meant to post on facebook in response to meatless favorites. Mine is homemade pesto – in the summer – home grown pesto. All you need is fresh basil, good olive oil, good parmesan, garlic and some pine nuts (toasted) . It is fast, easy and fresh. And, quite possibly idiot proof. I always like to add a chopped red pepper or some fresh cherry tomatoes if they are in season for colour – here's a recipe – but this one you can probably eyeball it, and use garlic to your own taste etc.
    2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
    1/2 cup grated Parmesan
    1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
    1/3 cup pine nuts (toasted in the oven for a minute or two)
    2-3 garlic cloves
    Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

  2. Ceri
    March 23, 00:01 Reply

    Thanks! You do it in a blender, right? I can't wait for weather that allows herbs to grow on the balcony.

  3. heidi_pyper
    March 26, 17:41 Reply

    Sorry, yes a blender – just add about half the basil leaves then gradually pour your olive oil and then continue to throw in the rest of it. What you want is a smooth consistency – we use a hand blender.

  4. sweetgrass
    April 22, 07:16 Reply

    Hi, I am a new follower but an old face ( ooops young, young face lolol ) you may remember from high school.
    (Will message you name on facebook ) however a good friend of mine is a Vegan cookbook author, and while I am not Vegan, i use her recipes constantly for meatless and healthier options, and they are amazing.

    If you haven't seen her books yet, check Sarah Kramer @
    I have "La Dolce Vegan" and "Vegan a gogo" and use them constantly.

    Loving this blog, happened upon it quite by accident and it made me smile.


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