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Spaghetti and Meatballs

February 3, 2012

I’m having a change of heart in relation to meat eating lately.  I’ve found that the longer I keep my Google Reader closed, stop analyzing what other people are eating and focus on what my body is craving, the more I find myself wanting burgers, Chipotle steak bowls and meatballs.

I’m not about to go all caveman on you, and I would still rather eat a veggie dog than a real one, but I’m coming to realize that you don’t have to approach anything with an all or nothing attitude, meat included.  So what if I’m craving some good quality steak (good quality being the key words here)?  I think there’s definitely a way to appease both my desire to eat ethically and my need to eat deliciously.  And call me crazy but I’m pretty sure that if you look up the word “delicious” in the dictionary, you’ll see a picture of a giant burger, heavily doused in cheese and ketchup.

Notice how my meat preferences lean towards beef products.  That’s because I have and probably always will think chicken and turkey suck.  You can find pictures of those two under “boring,” “dry,” and “bland.”  Which is why when I bought a “vegetarian” empanada at Whole Foods last week and found myself eating chicken, I was not happy, to say the least.

Let’s be very clear that I’ve never been a vegetarian.  I refuse to ever give up shrimp and I would ask someone to commit me if I ever said no to my  mom’s sausage and ham-filled red beans and rice.  Plus I always feel obligated to at least see if someone has finally figured out the answer to the age old question, “How do I make this turkey not dry?” every Thanksgiving.

This week I asked Joey to “name 5 things he would have us cook, if price and meat were not a consideration.”  I won’t even tell you what my response was when he yelled “KRAFT MAC AND CHEESE!”  After additional prompting, he finally responded with “spaghetti and meatballs!”  Now that’s more like it.

We made the Pioneer Woman’s classic spaghetti and meatballs recipe on Tuesday night and it was everything I had imagined.  This isn’t about meat eating or not, there’s something honestly comforting about a big warm bowl of saucy pasta.  Especially if there’s also garlic bread and a glass of wine.

This meal truly brought a smile to my face.  And that, my friends, is what it’s really about.
Happy Friday 🙂
Is there a certain meal that just says comfort to you?
What are your thoughts on meat eating?
7 Comments leave one →
  1. February 3, 2012 10:14 AM

    Spaghetti and meat balls are a must (except I have TJ’s chicken basil balls..really good). Also stuffing…so so good.

    I’m a-ok with meat eating. Gotta do what makes you happy!

  2. February 3, 2012 1:08 PM

    I married an Italian so you can imagine how much we ear pasta/pizza at my house. Good for you for embracing your very own lifestyle/diet 🙂

  3. February 3, 2012 2:02 PM

    I went on a blog-induced kick where I ate meat very minimally for about 9 months. Really, I was just following the healthy living blog trends and trying to see if the style of eating that worked for oh-so many bloggers also worked for me. As it turns out, not so much. I really do enjoy meat although I try to enjoy it moderation rather than avoiding it altogether. I felt guilty for quite a while though when I ate meat more often than I felt like it should, but I’ve given up that style of thinking. Best to figure out what works best for you and then just own it. I ate meat, I eat vegetables, and I’m just fine with that.

  4. February 3, 2012 6:13 PM

    We eat spaghetti and meatballs every month like clockwork! In fact, it’s on our menu for Wednesday! 😀 So good, it’s like an ultimate comfort food for me! I struggle too with a desire to eat ethically, but there’s no way in heck I’m going to stop eating all meat forever. It’s just not for me! I do try to at least buy it organic and from sources I trust…but that doesn’t always happen, especially not with the budget I’m on! Eh…it’s something I’m working on…

  5. squigglefloey permalink
    February 3, 2012 11:17 PM

    I *tried* going meatless about 4yrs ago thinking it would be a healthier thing to do. I realized about a year later that my body was thirsty for more protein, which I was only going to get from meat.
    I really needed the meat in my life, even if it’s not a lot of it

  6. February 4, 2012 4:46 AM

    spaghetti and meatballs is a wonderful thing. this reminds me to make pioneer woman’s recipes more often. and ps – i had a hamburger last night and i love it.

  7. February 6, 2012 2:25 PM

    I’m with you on the all or nothing approach. I’m learning that not all things ARE all or nothing. It’s important to have a good balance.

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