It’s my birthday week! (I’ll be less than 30 but older than 21) To honor National Celebrate Cat Week, I will be setting tasks out for you scamps every day. I tried to make it international Celebrate Cat Week, but came into a little push back from Iran, and for some reason, Belgium. See if I eat your chocolate any time soon…you won’t see me until at LEAST 3 pm. Canadians, Aussies, Brits, I expect your full participation. You have compete to be my favourite;) English speaking country. Aussies, you’re behind in the rankings, as you are the country that gave the world “Crocodile Dundee”, and for that, you need to be punished.
Today’s task is easy peasy lemon squeezy. I understand you may have broken it for breakfast already, but start at lunch.
Task #1: Make Today a truly “Meatless Monday”.
I do eat meat. All of it. All kinds. I don’t really love meat, but I like burgers, sushi, and chicken soup enough not to cut it out entirely. On Mondays, however, I cut it out fully.
If we all ate just a little less meat, our bodies would (probably) be healthier. Our earth would be healthier, animals would be treated better. Animals get shoved into tiny pens, treated like crap, killed inhumanely, fed food they’d never eat naturally, and use TONS of water. It takes 2500 GALLONS of water to make 1 pound of beef. 2500!!!!!
Beyond that, if we all ate humanely raised, slaughtered, and naturally fed beef, there would be fewer PETA protestors chasing me down the sidewalk asking me for money. I mean, why don’t they do THAT naked. They’d get more money, I’m sure. I wonder if someone would throw paint on them for wearing a hide? Hmmmm.
Our water supplies have NEVER been lower, our earth more fragile, our bodies more polluted. If we all just ate a little less meat, we could do a lot better for this galaxical home of ours, and for the body we live in.
I’m not suggesting you go vegan for the day. That’d be just plain bananas! (Vegans eat bananas, right? jk)
So I give you a recipe. A vegetarian one.
A Massaged Kale and Wheatberry Salad with feta cheese and yum.
Massaged Kale and Wheatberry Salad with Feta
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Ingredients (serves 4)
- 1 cup wheatberries
- 4 oz sheep’s milk feta cheese
- 2 bunches purple kale
- 1 shallot
- juice of one lemon
- 4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp dijon mustard
- salt and pepper
for the wheatberries, you cook them like a really hard pasta.
Boil them in a lot of salted water, for approximately 45 minutes (until tender) and drain. let cool
for the kale
combine half of the olive oil, a little salt, and the lemon juice with the kale, torn into small pieces
toss the kale, and let sit for 15 minutes
in a small bowl
whisk remaining olive oil, salt, pepper, and mustard
in a large bowl
combine kale, wheatberries, feta, shaved shallot, and mustard mix. Serve.
Do you eat meat on Mondays?
Have you ever had a wheatberry?
Do you like “Crocodile Dundee”?