I currently have $300 some odd dollars in my bank account right now. I am working 2 part time serving jobs, and am struggling to fit in time for Christmas preparation. I have not written a blog in a VERY long time. Reasons for this mostly add up to lack of motivation, however I have also been feeling discouraged about my lack of photo content. Whenever I make or eat something, that I feel would be an important addition to the blog content it is never a beautiful instagram worthy meal. Its, delicious, affordable, and really really good for you, but my apartment is dark, and my dishes were free, it all looks rather unprofessional.
The problem with this perception, is that the reason I started the blog in the first place was to share meals like these, with people going through the same thing. The purpose of the blog is to show that even if you don’t have all your shit together, you can at the very least have a positive impact on the earth and your body through the food you eat.
I know it isn’t the New Year yet, but I think its important to make resolutions whenever the moment is right. I’m back, however low quality the photos may be, I want to continue sharing what so many others in my life have taught me.
Here is a dish that I made the other night, when we had “nothing to eat.” It was the most scrumptious thing, and I want to make it again soon!
Roasted Veg Tacos
Wraps or sandwiches of any kind are the best meal when you don’t know what to make. You can literally put anything on them and it will more often than not taste luxurious.
Ideas include: Roasted veg, nut butter spreads (just add soy sauce, spices, garlic and hot water to any nut butter), beans (falafel, or sautéed lentil tacos), grated carrot, mushrooms, cheese*, salsa, plain yogurt*, vegetables of any sort, meat* (leftover sausage is the best), the list goes on! Make a sandwich!
The other night, I decided on making squash tacos. We didn’t have wraps, so I found the easiest recipe ever, linked below from Oh She Glows. It doesn’t have any yeast so their is no wait time which is great if you’re in a rush.
1) Cut whatever root veg (or squash, which is what we had) you have sitting around (except potato, because that will be boring, sweet potato will work well though!) into french fry size pieces.
2) Toss in oil and salt, roast in oven at 350 until soft and starting to brown.
3) Make taco shells or buy them. The recipe linked is for spelt flour, I use spelt flour a lot because it is the only organic bulk flour option I can find at bulkbarn, however I’m sure it can be easily replace with whatever wheat flour you have on hand. If not, googling the ingredients of what you have on hand, is the best way to come up with meal ideas and recipes. Look up a recipe for your flour, you never know what you might find!
4) Top with whatever toppings you have on hand. (I used cheese, plain yogurt, sautéed onion, and leftover salsa)
****CHEESE AND YOGURT
^^^probably the most expensive thing on most people’s shopping list, and very hard to find ethical products.
I currently have grass fed water-buffalo yogurt in my fridge. It was 6.99 for 450g. It comes in a glass jar that can be recycled and is produced by a local farm. It is only $2.00 more than the plain greek yogurt you buy at the supermarket. I recognize its value and have managed to make it stretch. In my freezer right now, is frozen fruit that I bought while it was in season from local farmers. I have been making smoothies with it, bananas I bought from the discount produce rack at the supermarket, and only one scoop of yogurt.
In order to eat sustainably, we must change our style of eating. We simply cannot afford to eat the amount of meat and dairy we do from an environmental perspective. Increase the amount of food in your diet that the planet can sustain. Reduce and treasure the food that takes a lot of love and life to produce. Your body and the planet will thank you for it.