No Waste Tastes Great / Not A Good Week, Plus An Admission

It’s Friday Guys – time for No Waste Tastes Great

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Simply Being Mum’s Friday Fridge

 

Top Shelf – Spreads, (including a return of the buttercream!), cheese, garlic – all in date

Top Middle Shelf – I seem to be breeding yoghurt… these will be eaten up this week! Their cards are marked.

Bottom Middle Shelf – Grapes and cucumber

Bottom Shelf – A fish-pie ready meal! Oh my! Yes there’s one in there!

Drawer (right at the bottom) – Condiments all in date

Door – Milk and OJ – In date

No Waste Tastes Great plan today – The Kids and I (they’ve broken up for Easter Holidays) will have cheese and cucumber sandwiches for lunch, with grapes and yoghurt (of course!) to follow. For dinner I’m taking them out to eat before dance class. The Hubby, will be having the ready-meal fish-pie, with some veggies and a jacket potato. This was purchased a couple of weeks ago as an emergency meal and frozen, when life was chaotic. Time for it to meet its fate.

Looks pretty harmless right? Wrong, I also have these items which didn’t make it back in the fridge after the clean.

Slow-cooked ham and salad. Not good.

This brings me onto an admission. I’ve decided to re-introduce some meat into my diet from this week. It’s been over a month since Twilight Turned Me Vegetarian, and it hasn’t been too difficult to eliminate meat. I even managed to go to France for 5 days and avoid it.

The problem I’m facing is that I undoubtedly am at risk of producing more waste by not eating meat. I would have eaten the ham myself this week to use it up, and also would not have purchased the salad (which I don’t like – why buy it? bizarre!).

The bottom line is that I don’t feel strongly enough to not eat meat again. However I will be reducing further the amount I (and the family) eat going forward. Where I can opt for a non-meat option I will. Practicalities of meal-planning, reducing waste and cooking for a family of meat and non-meat eaters is more involved that I can manage.

There have been benefits to not eating meat. But not enough. One thing I hadn’t really considered is that I love cooking and conjuring up new recipes. Not being able to sample a large proportion of them is too limiting for me.

Never say never, it’s something I wanted to try. I’ve tried it, and I’ve learnt a lot from doing it. Maybe in the future it’s something I’ll consider again.

How’s your Fridge looking this Friday? Anything to declare? Or is it nice and bare? Please share…

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  • Live and Learn-Toss and Turn March 30, 2012, 12:33 pm

    Interesting experiment with vegetarianism. There are many ways to eat a healthy diet that include countless combinations of plant and animal based foods including all or none. I found it interesting that Temple Grandin, an autisic woman with a very special connection to animals, tried to become a vegetarian but couldn’t do it. Her body needed meat to be healthy and feel good. (Her mother was the same way. Maybe something genetic.)

    Otherwise, I see the return of the butter cream, but not the beetroot. And what is jacket potato?

    • simplybeingmum March 30, 2012, 4:32 pm

      Firstly I can’t believe I had never heard of Temple Grandin. I’ve just read up on her life. Incredibly interesting. I’ve lifted this quote from Wikipedia:
      “I think using animals for food is an ethical thing to do, but we’ve got to do it right. We’ve got to give those animals a decent life and we’ve got to give them a painless death. We owe the animal respect.” Thanks so much for the heads up on this – I’m very interested in learning more about Autism, so this will be a great life-story to read about.
      No beetroot – My Mom’s been busy of late. Susan’s beat me to the potato explanation 😉 Thanks Susan! (think we call them jackets over here – because they ‘keep their jacket on’ when cooked/eaten)

  • Live and Learn-Toss and Turn March 30, 2012, 12:33 pm

    Interesting experiment with vegetarianism. There are many ways to eat a healthy diet that include countless combinations of plant and animal based foods including all or none. I found it interesting that Temple Grandin, an autisic woman with a very special connection to animals, tried to become a vegetarian but couldn’t do it. Her body needed meat to be healthy and feel good. (Her mother was the same way. Maybe something genetic.)

    Otherwise, I see the return of the butter cream, but not the beetroot. And what is jacket potato?

    • simplybeingmum March 30, 2012, 4:32 pm

      Firstly I can’t believe I had never heard of Temple Grandin. I’ve just read up on her life. Incredibly interesting. I’ve lifted this quote from Wikipedia:
      “I think using animals for food is an ethical thing to do, but we’ve got to do it right. We’ve got to give those animals a decent life and we’ve got to give them a painless death. We owe the animal respect.” Thanks so much for the heads up on this – I’m very interested in learning more about Autism, so this will be a great life-story to read about.
      No beetroot – My Mom’s been busy of late. Susan’s beat me to the potato explanation 😉 Thanks Susan! (think we call them jackets over here – because they ‘keep their jacket on’ when cooked/eaten)

  • Lauren March 30, 2012, 1:11 pm

    Arghh, buttercream!! *runs and hides* 😉

    I alternate between being an omnivore and a vegan depending how I feel. I find eat a lot more vegan meals in the summer especially, where winter turns me into practically a carnivore. I don’t feel guilty about switching though, because veganism isn’t an ethical choice for me, just listening to what my body wants to eat at that time. Unless it’s a ready meal, then it’s just talking crazy… kidding, of course! Time and place for everything. Although I’m trying to ignore it’s current demands for a takeaway chippie. Could live without that, I think.

    Loving that you think two things is not a good week. Shows just how far you’ve come. We had to lose half a pot of creme fraiche this week, since the flatmate (of course) didn’t finish it up in time. He then went out and immediately bought another one. I might serve him a creme fraiche sandwich tomorrow to make a point. I think that’s it, he even ate all the pears, hooray! But still have the apples as I didn’t feel like baking this week, they’ll get turned into something soon.

    • simplybeingmum March 30, 2012, 4:39 pm

      I figured I’d better ‘fess up about the buttercream. No hiding away today!
      The ethical debate…hmmm yeah always a sensitive area when discussing meat. But I now know without a doubt that I have more issue throwing the ham away than I have eating it (and I’m actually not a ham fan anyway).
      Ready-meal yeah! naughty! 😉 I’ve had my fair share of chip shop runs of late. The food geek that I am, I can confirm that in a test conducted many years ago, this type of takeaway was considered the least evil (fat and added nasties) against other options. Wish I could find the source…will have to investigate.
      Ref flatmate – I wouldn’t even spread on bread, just make him eat from tub as retribution.
      An apple pie sounds like heaven to me…

      • Lauren March 30, 2012, 5:28 pm

        Ooh, apple pie is a definite possibility as I found a new pie plate on the seconds clearance shelf in TK Maxx this week. Been wanting one for ages.
        I think he’d like it straight from the tub! Where a creamy sandwich sounds like proper punishment to me. Even when I could eat dairy, I hated the thought of anything like that.

        Ooh, apple pie is a definite possibility as I found a new pie plate on the seconds clearance shelf in TK Maxx this week. Been wanting one for ages. And I’m liking that research re the chippie. I’d believe it, especially with our local as it’s not at all greasy. We split a portion as well, so it’s practically a health food. Right? 😉

        • Lauren March 30, 2012, 5:32 pm

          I have no idea what happened to that comment! Now it seems like I’m really excited about pie, lol.

        • simplybeingmum March 30, 2012, 5:51 pm

          Who doesn’t get excited about pie? 😉
          You could pour the creme fraiche over a bacon sandwich – now that’d be torture… what a waste…
          And anything with fish in the dish is a health food!

  • Lauren March 30, 2012, 1:11 pm

    Arghh, buttercream!! *runs and hides* 😉

    I alternate between being an omnivore and a vegan depending how I feel. I find eat a lot more vegan meals in the summer especially, where winter turns me into practically a carnivore. I don’t feel guilty about switching though, because veganism isn’t an ethical choice for me, just listening to what my body wants to eat at that time. Unless it’s a ready meal, then it’s just talking crazy… kidding, of course! Time and place for everything. Although I’m trying to ignore it’s current demands for a takeaway chippie. Could live without that, I think.

    Loving that you think two things is not a good week. Shows just how far you’ve come. We had to lose half a pot of creme fraiche this week, since the flatmate (of course) didn’t finish it up in time. He then went out and immediately bought another one. I might serve him a creme fraiche sandwich tomorrow to make a point. I think that’s it, he even ate all the pears, hooray! But still have the apples as I didn’t feel like baking this week, they’ll get turned into something soon.

    • simplybeingmum March 30, 2012, 4:39 pm

      I figured I’d better ‘fess up about the buttercream. No hiding away today!
      The ethical debate…hmmm yeah always a sensitive area when discussing meat. But I now know without a doubt that I have more issue throwing the ham away than I have eating it (and I’m actually not a ham fan anyway).
      Ready-meal yeah! naughty! 😉 I’ve had my fair share of chip shop runs of late. The food geek that I am, I can confirm that in a test conducted many years ago, this type of takeaway was considered the least evil (fat and added nasties) against other options. Wish I could find the source…will have to investigate.
      Ref flatmate – I wouldn’t even spread on bread, just make him eat from tub as retribution.
      An apple pie sounds like heaven to me…

      • Lauren March 30, 2012, 5:28 pm

        Ooh, apple pie is a definite possibility as I found a new pie plate on the seconds clearance shelf in TK Maxx this week. Been wanting one for ages.
        I think he’d like it straight from the tub! Where a creamy sandwich sounds like proper punishment to me. Even when I could eat dairy, I hated the thought of anything like that.

        Ooh, apple pie is a definite possibility as I found a new pie plate on the seconds clearance shelf in TK Maxx this week. Been wanting one for ages. And I’m liking that research re the chippie. I’d believe it, especially with our local as it’s not at all greasy. We split a portion as well, so it’s practically a health food. Right? 😉

        • Lauren March 30, 2012, 5:32 pm

          I have no idea what happened to that comment! Now it seems like I’m really excited about pie, lol.

        • simplybeingmum March 30, 2012, 5:51 pm

          Who doesn’t get excited about pie? 😉
          You could pour the creme fraiche over a bacon sandwich – now that’d be torture… what a waste…
          And anything with fish in the dish is a health food!

  • Susan March 30, 2012, 1:49 pm

    Live & learn, Toss & turn – don’t know where you are located, but a jacket potato is what we call in the US a baked potato. Personally, I think when you’re cooking for a family you need to give yourself lots of credit and pats on the back for coming up with meals that are tasty and nutritious, while being budget conscious AND being something that everyone will eat! It’s challenging, for sure. And the 3 bean crock pot chili was delicious! I added a bit more water to make it more of a soup and threw in an OXO cube for extra seasoning. Thanks for a recipe that’s a keeper 🙂

    • simplybeingmum March 30, 2012, 4:41 pm

      So glad you liked the recipe and that it’s a keeper! Yay! Thanks for the potato explanation, sometimes I forget about UK terminology and how it doesn’t translate!

  • Susan March 30, 2012, 1:49 pm

    Live & learn, Toss & turn – don’t know where you are located, but a jacket potato is what we call in the US a baked potato. Personally, I think when you’re cooking for a family you need to give yourself lots of credit and pats on the back for coming up with meals that are tasty and nutritious, while being budget conscious AND being something that everyone will eat! It’s challenging, for sure. And the 3 bean crock pot chili was delicious! I added a bit more water to make it more of a soup and threw in an OXO cube for extra seasoning. Thanks for a recipe that’s a keeper 🙂

    • simplybeingmum March 30, 2012, 4:41 pm

      So glad you liked the recipe and that it’s a keeper! Yay! Thanks for the potato explanation, sometimes I forget about UK terminology and how it doesn’t translate!

  • minimalistmoms March 30, 2012, 3:26 pm

    I managed to go “no meat” for about month a while back. I hung in for two weeks of vegan eating and a little more than two weeks of just vegetarian. Like you, I found it so hard to feed the rest of the family while maintaining my more specific eating choices. There are 10 of us under one roof and I’m sure you can imagine some of the reactions I had to the vegan meals I fed them. I attempted to make the entire family change with me overnight and that was a huge disaster. We recently discovered my daughter has problems with gluten so removing that alone has been a big challenge.

    If it were just me, or even just my family of five, I might consider going vegetarian. But really I have this aversion to wanting to label everything anyway….from behavior to our food choices. Honestly I’m just happy to keep things as healthy as possible. I’m happier doing the best I can instead of worrying if I’m following a “Lacto-ovo-vegetarian” diet. 🙂

    As always, your nearly empty fridge challenges and inspires me, Jo! Keep up the great work!

    • simplybeingmum March 30, 2012, 4:45 pm

      Hi faith – Agree, If it was just me I may be able to do it. It’s just too impractical. I found that some nights if I slow-cooked say a spag bol for the family I’d end up having a rather unhealthy snack instead of a meal as I couldn’t be bothered to prepare a fresh meal just for me. That’s not going to work out long-term, as I could easily turn into a meal-skipper and that’s not a rational option. Once I started to see a rise in potential food waste, it was a deal-breaker.
      Hope the gluten-free food works out well for your daughter.

  • minimalistmoms March 30, 2012, 3:26 pm

    I managed to go “no meat” for about month a while back. I hung in for two weeks of vegan eating and a little more than two weeks of just vegetarian. Like you, I found it so hard to feed the rest of the family while maintaining my more specific eating choices. There are 10 of us under one roof and I’m sure you can imagine some of the reactions I had to the vegan meals I fed them. I attempted to make the entire family change with me overnight and that was a huge disaster. We recently discovered my daughter has problems with gluten so removing that alone has been a big challenge.

    If it were just me, or even just my family of five, I might consider going vegetarian. But really I have this aversion to wanting to label everything anyway….from behavior to our food choices. Honestly I’m just happy to keep things as healthy as possible. I’m happier doing the best I can instead of worrying if I’m following a “Lacto-ovo-vegetarian” diet. 🙂

    As always, your nearly empty fridge challenges and inspires me, Jo! Keep up the great work!

    • simplybeingmum March 30, 2012, 4:45 pm

      Hi faith – Agree, If it was just me I may be able to do it. It’s just too impractical. I found that some nights if I slow-cooked say a spag bol for the family I’d end up having a rather unhealthy snack instead of a meal as I couldn’t be bothered to prepare a fresh meal just for me. That’s not going to work out long-term, as I could easily turn into a meal-skipper and that’s not a rational option. Once I started to see a rise in potential food waste, it was a deal-breaker.
      Hope the gluten-free food works out well for your daughter.

  • Jane March 30, 2012, 3:31 pm

    I was a vegetarian for years then went full on vegan for about 2 solid years. Miserable.
    I felt blah, looked blah & started gaining weight in all the wrong places despite an active lifestyle. Plus deep down inside – I knew I missed having a meat-based diet. I didn’t get to wrapped around the whole ethical issues as that never was a deciding factor for me when I became vegetarian/ vegan. If anything I just wanted to prove to myself that I could pull it off.
    But I’m back to omnivore & haven’t felt & looked better.
    Veganism/Meatless Mondays, etc kinda had a surge of popularity here in the last few years. Then Oprah featured a vegan chef on her show & a new Oprah fad tried to happen. I e had staunch omnivore co-workers all of a sudden inquiring about how to”go vegan” like it was some new fashion trend. All they wanted & hoped was that “going vegan” would be some miracle cure for rapid weight loss – which it’s not. Mostly I got the impression from many of these same folks that they just wanted to waltz around saying they were vegan so as to be seen as “conspicuous consumers/conservationist”. The first on their block to announce that they are vegan like bring the first to wear the latest fashion accessory. Crazy.
    Anyways, I quietly returned to being an omnivore (although I never made it a point to tell folks I was a veg – they just figured it out & brought it to my attention more often than not) & like I said – I haven’t felt better. I still eat a lot of fresh veggies & can’t recall the last time I’ve eaten anything from a box or can or anything pre-processed (unless Plain Greek Yogurt counts as pre-processed). I have to grocery shop more often since I do buy fresh everything but that’s not a big deal to me.

    • simplybeingmum March 30, 2012, 4:57 pm

      You tried it and it wasn’t for you… I think I’m most probably in the same camp. I only lasted a month though – boy 2 years! 😉
      Again like you, the ethical side wasn’t the deciding factor. I’ve eaten meat for 37 years, however I do care about how animals are treated – it all sounds hypocritical but I don’t know enough about it to make any real informed choice based on welfare alone. There’s some occasions where meat wouldn’t be an option for me, but that’s more based on the potential quality of product and food hygiene issues. So if I’m being honest that’s more about my welfare than the animals isn’t it? My hope is that what I eat is ethically farmed, but do I really know – no.
      Loving the commitment to fresh food! Now that sounds like something worth sticking to.
      As for Oprah and dieting, I’ll steer clear of that subject! I can get a bit carried away when debating the dieting industry.

  • Jane March 30, 2012, 3:31 pm

    I was a vegetarian for years then went full on vegan for about 2 solid years. Miserable.
    I felt blah, looked blah & started gaining weight in all the wrong places despite an active lifestyle. Plus deep down inside – I knew I missed having a meat-based diet. I didn’t get to wrapped around the whole ethical issues as that never was a deciding factor for me when I became vegetarian/ vegan. If anything I just wanted to prove to myself that I could pull it off.
    But I’m back to omnivore & haven’t felt & looked better.
    Veganism/Meatless Mondays, etc kinda had a surge of popularity here in the last few years. Then Oprah featured a vegan chef on her show & a new Oprah fad tried to happen. I e had staunch omnivore co-workers all of a sudden inquiring about how to”go vegan” like it was some new fashion trend. All they wanted & hoped was that “going vegan” would be some miracle cure for rapid weight loss – which it’s not. Mostly I got the impression from many of these same folks that they just wanted to waltz around saying they were vegan so as to be seen as “conspicuous consumers/conservationist”. The first on their block to announce that they are vegan like bring the first to wear the latest fashion accessory. Crazy.
    Anyways, I quietly returned to being an omnivore (although I never made it a point to tell folks I was a veg – they just figured it out & brought it to my attention more often than not) & like I said – I haven’t felt better. I still eat a lot of fresh veggies & can’t recall the last time I’ve eaten anything from a box or can or anything pre-processed (unless Plain Greek Yogurt counts as pre-processed). I have to grocery shop more often since I do buy fresh everything but that’s not a big deal to me.

    • simplybeingmum March 30, 2012, 4:57 pm

      You tried it and it wasn’t for you… I think I’m most probably in the same camp. I only lasted a month though – boy 2 years! 😉
      Again like you, the ethical side wasn’t the deciding factor. I’ve eaten meat for 37 years, however I do care about how animals are treated – it all sounds hypocritical but I don’t know enough about it to make any real informed choice based on welfare alone. There’s some occasions where meat wouldn’t be an option for me, but that’s more based on the potential quality of product and food hygiene issues. So if I’m being honest that’s more about my welfare than the animals isn’t it? My hope is that what I eat is ethically farmed, but do I really know – no.
      Loving the commitment to fresh food! Now that sounds like something worth sticking to.
      As for Oprah and dieting, I’ll steer clear of that subject! I can get a bit carried away when debating the dieting industry.

  • anexactinglife March 30, 2012, 5:08 pm

    Spouse and I are trying to use up all the meat in the freezer and go veg for a month. He has been a vegetarian before and I haven’t. However, I currently eat far more vegetarian meals than he does (daily lunches at work). This is his initiative – I am not super-keen, but am interested to do it to see whether we can make balanced meal plans, and just to see how it feels. My bet is…it won’t last beyond the month.

    • simplybeingmum March 30, 2012, 5:57 pm

      Good luck with it! I’m sure you’ll manage a month. It’s an eye-opener. I’ve always claimed that I could easily be permanently vegetarian. It would appear I was wrong. Balancing the meals can be tricky. I have protein and fruit smoothies as part of my training ( post-running) so I was relatively happy that my protein intake was adequate. I also ate beans etc… Please check back in and let us all know how it goes?

      • anexactinglife March 30, 2012, 7:46 pm

        I will, but it may be a while because I think we have enough meat in the freezer to last us 1-2 months before we start!

        • simplybeingmum March 30, 2012, 8:01 pm

          Oh My – I won’t sleep tonight knowing you’ve got enough food stock to last 1-2 months – only joking! 😉
          Check back in whenever – we’ll be here!

  • anexactinglife March 30, 2012, 5:08 pm

    Spouse and I are trying to use up all the meat in the freezer and go veg for a month. He has been a vegetarian before and I haven’t. However, I currently eat far more vegetarian meals than he does (daily lunches at work). This is his initiative – I am not super-keen, but am interested to do it to see whether we can make balanced meal plans, and just to see how it feels. My bet is…it won’t last beyond the month.

    • simplybeingmum March 30, 2012, 5:57 pm

      Good luck with it! I’m sure you’ll manage a month. It’s an eye-opener. I’ve always claimed that I could easily be permanently vegetarian. It would appear I was wrong. Balancing the meals can be tricky. I have protein and fruit smoothies as part of my training ( post-running) so I was relatively happy that my protein intake was adequate. I also ate beans etc… Please check back in and let us all know how it goes?

      • anexactinglife March 30, 2012, 7:46 pm

        I will, but it may be a while because I think we have enough meat in the freezer to last us 1-2 months before we start!

        • simplybeingmum March 30, 2012, 8:01 pm

          Oh My – I won’t sleep tonight knowing you’ve got enough food stock to last 1-2 months – only joking! 😉
          Check back in whenever – we’ll be here!

  • Jess March 30, 2012, 7:11 pm

    I grew up on the meat and potatoes diet. Since moving away, I try and have a balanced diet for the hubs and I and include plenty of veggies, but I don’t think that we could go full on vegetarian or vegan. We do eat plenty of meals where meat isn’t the focus or that don’t include meat at all, but giving it up I just don’t think I would feel good – when I wasn’t with the hubs I ate far fewer meat meals and I bruised easily, was more sluggish and less fit. I don’t think I like beans enough to go about giving up meat. I do think it’s nice to know where your meat comes from. We’d like to buy local beef from a farmer in the area once we get a house with a large freezer. Just can’t get it to happen in our apartment. Props to you for giving it a shot though!

    • simplybeingmum March 30, 2012, 8:03 pm

      I thoroughly believe moderation is key to much in life. Although, like you, I eat a lot of vegetarian meals, to eliminate meat entirely just so I’m not breaking ‘the rules’ isn’t going to work long-term. The ham should have been eaten, what harm would it have done, as it’s being recycled now.
      Good luck with the freezer, sounds like a plan!

  • Jess March 30, 2012, 7:11 pm

    I grew up on the meat and potatoes diet. Since moving away, I try and have a balanced diet for the hubs and I and include plenty of veggies, but I don’t think that we could go full on vegetarian or vegan. We do eat plenty of meals where meat isn’t the focus or that don’t include meat at all, but giving it up I just don’t think I would feel good – when I wasn’t with the hubs I ate far fewer meat meals and I bruised easily, was more sluggish and less fit. I don’t think I like beans enough to go about giving up meat. I do think it’s nice to know where your meat comes from. We’d like to buy local beef from a farmer in the area once we get a house with a large freezer. Just can’t get it to happen in our apartment. Props to you for giving it a shot though!

    • simplybeingmum March 30, 2012, 8:03 pm

      I thoroughly believe moderation is key to much in life. Although, like you, I eat a lot of vegetarian meals, to eliminate meat entirely just so I’m not breaking ‘the rules’ isn’t going to work long-term. The ham should have been eaten, what harm would it have done, as it’s being recycled now.
      Good luck with the freezer, sounds like a plan!

  • Jo H. March 30, 2012, 10:04 pm

    This week, I had to compost some salad greens, a bit of feta cheese and a package of cream cheese from ‘way back, which was one of my “hmm, it’s only a month past its date, I can’t throw it out yet” lapses. Honestly?! Like it was going to get better by waiting another month? (To be honest, I had a plan for the cream cheese when I bought it, but the plan fell through, and then I made some big changes in my eating in order to get to a healthier weight, and cream cheese is nixed for the time being 🙂 )

    You did an amazing job of going vegetarian for a month. I’ve been trying to reduce my meat intake (based on ethical reasons) but I don’t think I can cut it out completely. I find it hard to get enough protein, as I struggle to eat tofu and beans, and haven’t yet gotten the motivation to try protein rich grains like quinoa. And, like you, I would be cooking two different meals every night, which I am not willing to put at the top of the priority list at this time.

    • Susan March 31, 2012, 2:13 pm

      As much as I love quinoa, it doesn’t love me! Isn’t it supposed to be a perfect food because it’s so high in protein? Does anyone else out there have a problem with quinoa? I’ve eaten it several times and it made me terribly sick to my stomach. Is there a reason it would be hard to digest?

      • Jo H. April 1, 2012, 5:22 am

        Susan, unless the kind of quinoa you used was already washed, it could indeed have made you sick. You’re supposed to rub and rinse it thoroughly before cooking. Hope this helps.

        • simplybeingmum April 1, 2012, 10:09 pm

          Practically it just didn’t work, like you (Jo.H) two meals a night isn’t for me long-term. And once I started generating waste! Well…
          As for Quinoa – I’ve never eaten it… in fact I’m not sure what it is – will have to investigate.
          Talking about digestion, I’ve had 2 meals with meat in this week, and once again I’m back on the indigestion tablets. Not sure whether there’s a link here… but I noticed a major decrease in indigestion the month I didn’t eat meat!

  • Jo H. March 30, 2012, 10:04 pm

    This week, I had to compost some salad greens, a bit of feta cheese and a package of cream cheese from ‘way back, which was one of my “hmm, it’s only a month past its date, I can’t throw it out yet” lapses. Honestly?! Like it was going to get better by waiting another month? (To be honest, I had a plan for the cream cheese when I bought it, but the plan fell through, and then I made some big changes in my eating in order to get to a healthier weight, and cream cheese is nixed for the time being 🙂 )

    You did an amazing job of going vegetarian for a month. I’ve been trying to reduce my meat intake (based on ethical reasons) but I don’t think I can cut it out completely. I find it hard to get enough protein, as I struggle to eat tofu and beans, and haven’t yet gotten the motivation to try protein rich grains like quinoa. And, like you, I would be cooking two different meals every night, which I am not willing to put at the top of the priority list at this time.

    • Susan March 31, 2012, 2:13 pm

      As much as I love quinoa, it doesn’t love me! Isn’t it supposed to be a perfect food because it’s so high in protein? Does anyone else out there have a problem with quinoa? I’ve eaten it several times and it made me terribly sick to my stomach. Is there a reason it would be hard to digest?

      • Jo H. April 1, 2012, 5:22 am

        Susan, unless the kind of quinoa you used was already washed, it could indeed have made you sick. You’re supposed to rub and rinse it thoroughly before cooking. Hope this helps.

        • simplybeingmum April 1, 2012, 10:09 pm

          Practically it just didn’t work, like you (Jo.H) two meals a night isn’t for me long-term. And once I started generating waste! Well…
          As for Quinoa – I’ve never eaten it… in fact I’m not sure what it is – will have to investigate.
          Talking about digestion, I’ve had 2 meals with meat in this week, and once again I’m back on the indigestion tablets. Not sure whether there’s a link here… but I noticed a major decrease in indigestion the month I didn’t eat meat!

  • Megyn @MinimalistMommi March 31, 2012, 6:52 am

    I say any reduction in meat consumption is fantastic! I’m of the opinion that meat is not bad to eat, but I hate the way most farm animals are raised and killed. I’ve been a vegetarian for 13 years (half my life!). There are times I miss meat. I considered reintroducing meat last year and tried some chicken. I just couldn’t do it. I feel too bad. However, The Hubs was a veg for 6 years and is now eating meat. One of our sons is a veg. by choice (except the occasional organic chicken nugget) and the other steals meat any chance he can get! I’m hoping we can get to a point where I can cook one big family meal with slight variations, but it’s SO hard! I definitely understand why vegetarianism is not for all, especially when other family members do eat meat. Good for you for deciding what is right for YOUR body 🙂

    • simplybeingmum April 1, 2012, 10:13 pm

      Hey Megyn – there’s certain things I wouldn’t eat, but too eliminate it entirely isn’t going to work out – but at least I know that now. It is hard to cook one meal to suit both, particularly with my Kids being so young and so fussy! The fact that I could re-introduce meat whereas you couldn’t I think demonstrates where both our meat-eating futures lie.

  • Megyn @MinimalistMommi March 31, 2012, 6:52 am

    I say any reduction in meat consumption is fantastic! I’m of the opinion that meat is not bad to eat, but I hate the way most farm animals are raised and killed. I’ve been a vegetarian for 13 years (half my life!). There are times I miss meat. I considered reintroducing meat last year and tried some chicken. I just couldn’t do it. I feel too bad. However, The Hubs was a veg for 6 years and is now eating meat. One of our sons is a veg. by choice (except the occasional organic chicken nugget) and the other steals meat any chance he can get! I’m hoping we can get to a point where I can cook one big family meal with slight variations, but it’s SO hard! I definitely understand why vegetarianism is not for all, especially when other family members do eat meat. Good for you for deciding what is right for YOUR body 🙂

    • simplybeingmum April 1, 2012, 10:13 pm

      Hey Megyn – there’s certain things I wouldn’t eat, but too eliminate it entirely isn’t going to work out – but at least I know that now. It is hard to cook one meal to suit both, particularly with my Kids being so young and so fussy! The fact that I could re-introduce meat whereas you couldn’t I think demonstrates where both our meat-eating futures lie.

  • Jo H. April 2, 2012, 7:33 pm

    Jo, it’s interesting that you had relief from your indigestion when not eating meat. Maybe it is the somewhat higher fat content in meat than in vegetables (even for lean meat)? I was going to suggest spices also, except I think you were eating vegetarian food with spices, is that correct? (I’m thinking of the veg chili) You’ve got me intrigued! I have acid indigestion also … there are many things that aggravate it, even with medication, but I had never considered meat.

    • simplybeingmum April 6, 2012, 9:13 am

      Jo – not sure yet whether there is a link to eating meat, I have been suffering a little this week, but haven’t really eaten a lot of meat based things. Jury out at the mo!

  • Jo H. April 2, 2012, 7:33 pm

    Jo, it’s interesting that you had relief from your indigestion when not eating meat. Maybe it is the somewhat higher fat content in meat than in vegetables (even for lean meat)? I was going to suggest spices also, except I think you were eating vegetarian food with spices, is that correct? (I’m thinking of the veg chili) You’ve got me intrigued! I have acid indigestion also … there are many things that aggravate it, even with medication, but I had never considered meat.

    • simplybeingmum April 6, 2012, 9:13 am

      Jo – not sure yet whether there is a link to eating meat, I have been suffering a little this week, but haven’t really eaten a lot of meat based things. Jury out at the mo!

  • Rachel April 5, 2012, 8:32 pm

    One of the things I’ve learned in my efforts to reduce how much food I end up throwing away is sometimes you have to eat things that may not be what you want or in the mood for. I end up eating most of the leftovers from the meal of the night before even while my kids are having something else. I think you probably will end up with better luck keeping waste out of your kitchen for that very reason.

    • simplybeingmum April 6, 2012, 9:15 am

      Totally agree Rachel! This Friday I’ll be eating a ‘Thomas The tank Engine’ yoghurt. Serves me right for being talked into buying them. You got a mention on this weeks (6 April) NWTG by the way – such a great comment!

  • Rachel April 5, 2012, 8:32 pm

    One of the things I’ve learned in my efforts to reduce how much food I end up throwing away is sometimes you have to eat things that may not be what you want or in the mood for. I end up eating most of the leftovers from the meal of the night before even while my kids are having something else. I think you probably will end up with better luck keeping waste out of your kitchen for that very reason.

    • simplybeingmum April 6, 2012, 9:15 am

      Totally agree Rachel! This Friday I’ll be eating a ‘Thomas The tank Engine’ yoghurt. Serves me right for being talked into buying them. You got a mention on this weeks (6 April) NWTG by the way – such a great comment!

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