Twig blogging – again. Summer has made me verbose. Or rather, I’ve always been verbose but summer has allowed me to be verbose online.
We made a seven-day meal plan three days ago and we’ve been sticking to it. We were tired of being caught unawares and “forced” into eating out by not having our own food ready.
In case you want to know what a seven-day meal plan looks like in our house, here it is:
LUNCH – Chicken vegetable soup (made from carcass of chicken from previous meal).
DINNER – Salmon patties, brussel sprouts with bacon and leeks
LUNCH – Egg salad and leftover soup
DINNER – Mexican marinated steak and chicken, pan-roasted corn w. tomatoes, black bean dip
LUNCH – Apple/Pecan/Goat Cheese Salad w. Grilled Shrimp
DINNER – Beef tenderloin kabobs w. mushrooms, cheesy rice w. broccoli
LUNCH – Black bean tostadas (using Monday’s dip)
DINNER – Gluten-free pizzas (one tomato sauce & ground beef, one pesto & chicken)
LUNCH – Leftovers (probably pizza)
DINNER – Stewed chicken and chickpeas
LUNCH – Soup? Probably fish chowder
DINNER – BBQ Pork, slaw, baked beans
LUNCH – Leftovers (probably pork)
DINNER – Liver burgers, pickles, cream cheese potato salad
LUNCH – Asian chopped salad
DINNER – Sausage, latkes, and apples
So, tonight was supposed to involve cheesy rice and broccoli. Unfortunately, we got home from shopping with Dappy and Granny a little too late and didn’t think we could spare the hour it would take to make rice, since we don’t use anything instant or microwaveable with rice.
We modified and put some red potatoes on to boil while the broccoli was steaming. We also invited Dappy and Granny over for dinner, which meant we didn’t have enough beef tenderloin to go around, so we pulled out some strip steaks and we weren’t going to have enough mushrooms for everyone, so we incorporated them into the cheesy sauce for the potatoes.
Everything came out delicious and the potatoes were a revelation – creamy, cheesy, YUM. They went in a HURRY.
Here’s the potato recipe. The amounts are impossible to say since we were improvising as we went.
-Eight red new potatoes, diced but not peeled
-A handful of crimini mushrooms, minced
-Raw, sharp cow cheddar cheese
-Goat chevre cheese
-White rice flour
Boil the potatoes. Saute the mushrooms in butter and salt. Add cream to mushrooms over medium-low heat. When the cream gets warm but not bubbling, add the cheddar and whisk it until it melts. Then whisk in the rice flour. Then add the seasonings and herbs. Then add the chevre and lemon juice. Pour sauce over the potatoes after you’ve drained them.
My mother said that the potatoes were wonderful but “sinful.”
That’s what got me thinking.
What makes a scrumptious dish like this “sinful”? By sinful, I’m assuming we mean that somehow we’re not supposed to be eating it, that it’s bad for us or unhealthy for us?
On an environmental level, we tried to be pretty good. All of the ingredients were organic. The cream, mushrooms, chives, cheeses, and butter were all local.
Is it unhealthy for us? That’s where the rub is.
It was certainly high calorie and high fat. However, the fats were not trans fats or partially hydrogenated fats or polyunsaturated fats. The fats were pretty much saturated animal fats.
And that’s where the sinful part comes in, right?
The ‘lipid hypothesis’ is the prevailing wisdom that saturated fats are responsible for heart disease. Our diet operates in direct opposition to that concept.
I shudder to think what the “healthy” version of this dish would have been – pasteurized non-fat skim milk instead of cream? Reduced fat soy-cheese? Partially-hydrogenated margarine?
I guess we won’t know until we see what happens to our long-term health, but our premise is that it is healthier to eat natural, whole foods, foods that actually exist in the form that Nature created them, rather than foods that have been chemically altered and processed by man.
I guess I’d like to believe that food can just taste wonderful and that wonderful tasting doesn’t have to mean “sinful” to me…
I will say, whatever the angelic or devilish nature of our food, we ate every last scrap and cleaned our plates.
Even my Mom!
….. and for more pictures of our food today, scroll down…….