Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Over the past few months, my wife and I have been working on getting away from any sort of prepared food. It is amazing what is in a lot of those foods, and how much they lack in nutrition.
This includes the boxed/bagged dinners like instant pasta and rice. Most of those foods contain MSG as well as several preservatives and dyes that are not good for you, but make the food taste better, last longer, or look better. While I understand why they are included in the foods I do not want to consume them.
This all started with my stir fry. I make stir fry at least about once a week. I found that the sauce I was using was not only very unhealthy, but the soy sauce base was artificially made. After this I went out and got good soy sauce, fresh ginger, garlic, vinegar, brown sugar and some other ingredients and made my own sauce. It really was not hard, and it tastes a lot better. On top of that it is much healthier as it has a much lower sodium content and no artificial anything.
A couple days later I decided to switch out my breakfast sausage for home made sausage. Another easy task that ended very well. I was able to make sausage that not only tastes better than what I would get at the store, but it had a significantly lower fat content and no fillers. The recipe I use is one by Alton Brown, except I do not add the fat to the meat.
It has progressed from here to the point that we now mill our own flour and make our own bread. I feel much better physically and mentally because not only is the food I eat better for me, but I also know that it does not have anything artificial in it. Maybe next I will make my own cheese, fresh mozzarella cheese sounds good.