Friday, January 16, 2009

Crab Salad

What's for dinner? It's great to know the answer to that question in advance of the 5PM open-the-fridge-and-stare onslaught. If you wait till the 6PM stomach rumbles, then you're really in trouble. At that point, my normal self would go pleading to Potato with puppy dog eyes to go out to dinner-- to which he readily agrees.. understandable considering that he too is facing the evening tummy growl.

But what are the consequences of this? A big one is that the source of my food.. the ingredients and methods used to prepare the meal.. are no longer known. Of course a cook serving someone else is going to make sacrifices in nutrition to benifit flavor.. They are in business to sell food, after all...

And the pocket book. Not everything comes down to money-- but a surprising amount does. Eating out is expensive, both in the initial cost (dinner entrees in Old Town Alexandria are $$) and in misc costs (gas for the car to and fro, dental work and doctor visits resulting from poor overall nutrition).

But every moment is an opportunity to make a choice for the better, no matter how many wrong or even just slightly off decisions litter your past. Potato is a big fan of the saying "past behavior is the best predictor of future behavior"-- but I am a little more optimistic. I have to be, otherwise I'd be in trouble (ie my past behavior doesnt bode well for my future). It's a small thing, I know, but making the choice to eat dinner at home, and eat food I prepared, is my little vote for change. Change in where the food comes from (I buy organic whenver I can, and local food as well) and where my money goes (to the farmers! I am still looking into the CSA/local grocer programs, thanks for all of your input thus far).

So today's dinner was simple. But I made it, and thats good enough for me :)

Crab Salad:
Imitation Crab, cut and flaked
chopped celery
chopped green onions
chopped white onion pieces (just a sprinkle)
all natural mayonnaise
Mix and eat with homemade bread or crackers.

Broccoli pieces, cut
Turnip pieces, cut
Veggies boiled together and served with a small amount of butter, salt and freshly ground peppercorns.

1 comment:

  1. Good job on the "to eat out or not to eat out" dilemma- it happens pretty much every night for me and I'm pretty lucky that Tad also tries to eat more at home, otherwise we'd be in trouble!
    PS- can't wait for the inauguration pics and post!