It’s become a big game for me. How can I take this dish and make it meatless? How can I make it taste great, be filling, and have no meat in it? That meat eaters will happily gobble up and never even ask, “Where’s the meat?”…
Sometimes, I can speak better through food. I’ve been doing it for years, but only recently have I really realized that it’s another language I’m pretty fluent in. All of the words and emotions I want to tell someone can so easily be channelled into a dish, a treat, a food gift. The happiness I’ve received from serving a meal, surprising someone with a treat or gifting anything from cookies to pickles to lasagna runs so deep. For me, good, nourishing food can do more than a card or regular birthday gift….
Less can be so much more. For the past few years, I’ve been cutting down on a lot of things. I’ve curbed the amount of stuff I buy, the number of impulse purchases at Target (a tricky challenge, for sure. How do they have everything?!), overly processed or refined foods, the insane load of television I used to watch, and the portion sizes on my plate….