After watching this very traumatizing video on CNN, www.mercyforanimals.org/calves/
, I I just cried my eyes out and I've sworn off beef for the time being. My family and I are steak eaters, but after watching this video and being reminded how cruelly our animals whose lives are sacrificed daily to give us food, are treated, for starters I've sworn off beef for now.
Tonight, I ate vegetarian and organic.
I love to buy these small baggies of Mexican pastas (I used "Estrellas" -- "little stars" tonight) and cook them up as a side dish with dinner. First heat up a pan on med-high and add about 1 TBSP or 1 1/2 TBSP of olive oil. I fry up my "estrellitas" pastas until they start to change color (tan to light brown) for about 20 - 30 seconds, then I add about 1/4 cup chopped white onion, chopped tomato, and about 3 cloves finely chopped garlic. Stir frequently for about 20 - 30 seconds.
Then I add about 1/4 cup canned, unsalted tomato sauce and fry that up in the same pan as the other ingredients for another 20-30 seconds and then immediately add about 3/4 cup cold waterr. I add freshly ground pepper, about 1 TBSP tomato based Knorr consume or your own brand, and I add about 1/2 - 3/4 cup water. Simmer for about 10-15 minutes on low heat and voila! You've just made what we call "sopa!" It's hot, brothy, tomato-y, and DELICIOUS! For an added treat, shred a little cheddar cheese on top!
We had that with a red leaf salad w/persian cucumbers, grape tomatoes and fresh mushroom, and we had some sourdough baguette! My tummy is full, I'm sleepy and I didn't go over my calories. Ah, one thing -- I used my own homemade blue cheese dressing (for the yummy recipe, check out www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_journal_
) for my salad and I'm only at 1603 calories today.
Sopa is fantastic. Go to your local Mexican store or in the "ethnic" section of your local supermarket and look for these little bags of Mexican pasta. They're delicious and make for a great low-cal meal! Be sure to add a salad!
p.s. If you try any of these recipes, I'd love some feedback! :) Happy meatless cooking!
Edited by: KRILLFURY at: 4/23/2011 (22:49)
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