If we ate like vegans for two meals of every day, the world might heal from the ravages of over grazing and the agra-businesses that poison the land and overproduce crappy food.
It's a philosophy I got from one of my idols. Mark Bittman. His book, The Food Matters Cookbook is a bible for responsible, omnivorous eaters. He says that two vegan meals a day and one with meat will do wonders for the health of the earth.
But he says it better than I.
So, I was thinking about Bittman as well as New!! and Exciting!! ways to get even more healthy food into the Manfriend and me.
We're not hurting for quality food. He brings a bag of organic produce home from the market every week. But we eat a lot of meat. Bacon in the wilted greens and poached egg breakfasts. Flat iron steaks for dinner, shrimp and andouille-spiked jambalaya for a late night snack. We're all meat, all the time.
Not good for the planet, So...
I picked up a couple pounds of wheat berries at the Portland Farmers Market. Super cheap, $3 for two pounds of tasty, wheaty protein, that's neither animal based or tofu.
(But Nancy, what are wheat berries?) Wheat berries are whole, unprocessed wheat kernels. These came from Stalford Seed Farm.
I soaked them overnight and simmered them for 30 minutes. In retrospect, I'd simmer them 45 minutes and check them. Once cooled, they got harder than I expected.
But the flavor is delicious. Nutty, chewy, and savory.
I made a salad of roasted celeriac, diced shallot, chopped (blanched) rapini, and tomatoes. I also added some salt, a squeeze of lime, and a bunch of XVOO. Yum, yum, yum.
This is my new go-to non-meat protein for summer salads. Try 'em. They're delish.
And they taste terrific with a Manhattan!