One of my favorite foods groups in the food pyramid is protein. I love meat. I’ve been a meat eater all my life, and I do not discriminate against any meat types. I love it all – beef, pork, venison, fish, poultry, rabbit, frog, and even squirrel. When it comes to vittles, I’ve never been too picky (yes, there are a few exceptions, but meat was never one of them). At one very brief and insane moment in my young adult life I considered becoming a vegetarian…..but as I said, that was a brief and insane moment that was probably induced by some Discovery channel program. Once my stomach started to growl I quickly forgot about saving cows and started thinking about seasoning them!
However, this weekend seemed to be a turning point in my meat eating days. Now Niecey, don’t get excited about this….I’m not prepared to give up meat, but you’d be so proud to look in our freezer these days. Here’s what you’ll find………………..
Yep, your eyes are seeing correctly. That’s a whole freezer basket full of faux meat products, which just happen to be sitting directly over five boxes of Kansas City steaks! How wrong is that, I ask you?!?! As you can see here, we have ground mince, chicken breasts, chicken paties, sausage patties, brats, and a couple of different kinds of burgers. I know, I know, I hope the cows don’t drop by for a quick meat inspection! With all this in our freezer they might think we’ve gone over to the other side.
Quite honestly, I’m not really sure how this happened. It’s all kind of a blur……but I think we were in Kroger picking up some Lite hamburger buns (yes, I know that’s wrong in and of itself) and we happened to wander through the store into the vegan/organic section. It was completely unfamiliar territory for us. In fact, up until Saturday we thought that section was just a black hole in the store’s topography!
But we happened upon it, and there was no one there (hum, shouldn’t that have told us something right there???!!!) so we just decided to walk through…you know, just to see what kind of crazy foods those crunchy people actually eat, and how much they’re willing to spend on granola (I’m not judging here, I just don’t understand it – it’s not natural. Oh my gosh, I crack myself up – not natural. Now that’s funny, I don’t care who ya are!). And we made it to the very last refrigerator section without picking up a single thing. I was so proud up to that point. And then we hit the last refrigeration case and there it was – the biggest selection of Boca, Quorn, and Morningstar Farms products I’ve ever seen outside of Harry’s, and Sam lit up like a roman candle!
Since he’s committed himself to winning the weight loss competition at his work, he’s become obsessed with faux meat products, which are so much lower in fat and calories then regular meat is. I think he’d eat it for every meal if I’d let him. I don’t give up that easily though.
Granted, most of them do taste pretty darned good. In fact, I’ve recently become a fan of the Boca Bruschetta burger. Put some pizza or spaghetti sauce on it, and a scoop of cottage cheese and it tastes like lasagna. I suspect if I baked it in the oven with some mozzarella cheese and spaghetti sauce and served it over angel hair pasta it would taste pretty darned similar to veal parmigiana (oh man, that sounds good for supper tonight). Look, now I’m completely off the point of this whole post!
Point? Is there a point to this post anyway? Yes there was…I mean is. And that is, if any of you are looking for a completely meat free meal, stop by and we’ll be happy to feed ya! If you’re one of the cows…….please forgive us of our sins!