Like Spike Jonez dangling his newest epic masterpiece over our heads for the past two years, I’ve been teasing you (all four of you) followers with promises of a video post in my blog. Well hold on to your butts because my premiere cooking video in which I repeat the word asparagus over and over again has finally graced the front page of my blog!
Why asparagus? Well, I love asparagus and it also happens to be in season at the moment meaning that it’s an ingredient that we should take advantage of. So I decided to create a simple and delicious meal based off of a recipe supplied by a budding Food Network star. In true Omnivore fashion I adapted this recipe to accommodate my personal tastes, supplies, and skills (and don’t forget you can do the same thing!).
Now, this is a recipe post, so I’m going to give you the recipe, but before we start cookin’ I figured that I would use this opportunity to create a little picture progression depicting the best way to shop with ecological friendliness in mind at your local grocery store (because even I will admit that due to my current location I really can’t go to the farmers market and speciality store every week for my grub – I’m a college student for chrissakes and I don’t have the money nor the time! So trust me, I feel for you peeps who are in the same predicament).
Go Get This:
- 8 large, cage free eggs
- 1/2 cup cheddar cheese
- 1 – 2 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 lb. (3 cups) asparagus
- 2 tbsp. sour cream
- 1 medium tomato, diced
- salt and pepper to taste
So, when you’re going and getting these ingredients it’s important to keep some things in mind as you shop. 1. Examine your veggies!
Examine Your Veggies!
Don’t be afraid to put your grubby mitts all over the food your about to buy because you want to make sure that you’re buying products that are fresh, ripe, non-smelly, and all around non-funny looking. When buying asparagus, examine the ends and make sure their moist, not moldy and if they seem a little dry you can cut the bottom portion off, stand them up in a container filled with a little water and store them till you ready to cook.
When you’re shopping in the produce section of your store, in general, sniff out where all the organic stuff is hidden (almost all stores have a section of
The Organic Section!
produce that is “organic” these days) and compare prices, ripeness, etc. and see if you can locate the fruit or vegetable. Is there any indication of where the stuff is coming from? Find out!
The other major ingredient in this dish – the eggs – are another item made for smart shoppers. When buying eggs, look to see if the package says “cage free” don’t worry about “organic” or “omega 3s and beyonnddd!” or anything else. All you should be worried to know is that the chickens producing these eggs were vegetarian fed and kept in a humane living environment.
When shopping for other ingredients in your every day life, check out some vegetarian friendly products such as soy milk and soy-based imitation frozen foods and give ’em a whirl! If you decide that you simply don’t like them, that’s totally cool, but at least give them a try, because the more animal friendly food products you incorporate into your diet, the less impact you’re having on the well-being of the environment…just think about it please. Thanks.
If you've never tried soy milk I'm telling you TRY IT! You can use it in all of your cooking, it doesn't go bad nearly as quickly as regular milk does, and it's super good for you! Oh and did I mention it tastes good too?
Try some Morning Star and Boca products - They're much better than you might imagine!
Now we can start cookin’ with gas! Or electric if it suits you.
Now Do This:
Eat and Enjoy! P.S. Special Thanks to Megan McLaughlin and Andrew Baker for their hard work in producing this video. They’re the best, people.