It's not a very balanced meal and it wasn't on my plan. However, it was cheap Tuesday at Save-On-Foods and they had a deal on things I wouldn't normally buy. $10 shrimp, and free linguine, baby veggies and alfredo sauce. It sounded like an easy meal that would take no thought and my pork in the crockpot was really big and not quite finished anyway. Meal plan, schmeal plan.
This was a Jamie Oliver trick. Slice your parmesan cheese with a potato peeler for long ribbons of cheese. I like it and it's a bit less messy than the grater.
Alice's plate always looks sparse, but she wanted to be in the blog too. The kids had leftover pesto pasta and we had our GF pasta and some flat flax bread, so the free linguini is saved for another time.
Once the pork was finally cooked through, I pulled it all apart and had enough meat for 4 meals. The plan was for roast beef to be made into Shepherd's Pie and Sloppy Joes this week, but the pork shoulders were easier to find in the freezer. I'll just make pork versions of the same.
I still struggle with the idea of buying only grass-fed or sustainable meat. (Have you watched Food Inc. yet?) It's a great idea and we should probably eat less meat overall, but then I see a great sale ($8 for 4 meals of pork) and I think about our increasing utility bills and our stable income and I snatch it up.
Somewhere there is a balance and I haven't found it yet. Ignorance of the agri-business and the food industry is bliss and I sometimes wish I'd stayed a bit less informed. Ask me about politics or wars overseas. I know nothing about that. Why didn't I stay that way about food? It would make grocery shopping easier and less guilty.