With the dismaying, but not entirely surprising, news this week that bacon and other processed meats (or is it all meat?) may be a cause of cancer, I thought I better follow the post from two weeks ago, “The answer is always, BACON.”
Just to be clear, the answer is not always bacon. As one of my great inspirations, Julia Child, is quoted as saying, “Moderation in everything, including moderation.”
So how does one apply the latest findings about meat to the daily feeding of your family?
Limit risk and enhance pleasure by:
- Consume the best quality meat products as possible. Spend the extra money on less meat of better quality. Buy local, organic, non GMO, grass-fed, free range meat when available.
- Limit processed meats, the less processed the better
- Use a small amount of meat for flavor with a large portion of vegetables, grains, and beans.
- Reduce consumption by saving bacon and other meats for special occasions.
- Let the vegetables shine when the meat won’t be missed. Many dishes taste just as good when they are prepared vegetarian:
- Vegetable Chili
- Fried Rice
- Black Bean Enchiladas
- Soba Noodle Salad
- Baked Potatoes
- Soups: tomato, winter squash, gazpacho, cream of broccoli, cream of mushroom, lentil soup, black bean, miso