Something really struck me today as I flipped through recipe books to decide which ones to keep and which ones to donate. It all started when I saw this recipe for Hawaiian Teriyaki Chicken.
I just shook my head in wonder as I read “2 cups brown sugar” and THEN “2 cups sugar” in this recipe.
Are you kidding me?
What are these, brownies? Meat candy? That’s literally more sugar than my chocolate chip cookie recipe!
And while this particular recipe is for a relatively large amount of meat (3 lbs), to be divided into different freezer meals, I just thought to myself “we really can’t keep blaming the processed food industry for all of our sugar woes and pretend like cooking at home is the answer. If we keep using recipes like this one, we’re still part of the over-sugaring of America, or whatever you want to call it.”
It wasn’t the first time I was blown away by just how much sugar is called for in some recipes, but at least it makes more sense in desserts. This entire cookbook has ridiculous amounts of sugar, fat, and salt called for in the name of “convenience” and “savings.” There HAS to be a better way.
I gladly added this cookbook to my Goodwill pile, and I’m glad that I’m taking this time to go through my recipes more thoroughly.
Also, as far as minimalism goes, I spent probably another hour sitting down with my recipe books and hand-writing the few recipes I wanted to keep from a few different ones, then moving them to my donation pile. I even found that my 2 different Indian cookbooks had 1 co-author in common, who used the EXACT same picture for one of the recipes I really wanted to keep. Since they were in both books, I could easily pass one along without feeling too guilty.
These cupboards may not look much different, but they FEEL a lot better, and inside I’m approaching a new level of calmness and level-headedness about my diet and my family’s diet that seemed nearly impossible even a year ago.
I’m excited to feel like I’m making progress on this journey, although I’m sure I’ll hit some roadblocks along the way.
Speaking of roadblocks…today I just couldn’t handle adding one more project to my plate. I took my kids to the park and library in the morning, and spent all afternoon and evening doing necessary household chores. My husband has been working day and night for most of the last week, and will continue to do so until his show closes a week from tonight. I’ve been doing well, but it always gets to me at some point, and today is that day. I haven’t worked on the minimizing my diet, and it’s after 10:00 at night, so it’s just not happening today.
I do want to briefly talk about something else that crossed my mind while I was food shopping yesterday, though:
I found some grassfed beef on sale (yay!) so I stocked up, and I was so excited!
Then, on the way home, I thought: “Why is this even a thing? Cows eat grass. What used to be common sense, for literally thousands of years, has been turned upside down by the industrialization of food.”
Just…food for thought, I suppose.
Pun intended. =)
More minimalist musings on diet to come next week.