Book Review: Meatless? A Fresh Look at What You Eat

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When my first-born started eating solids my husband was completely against feeding her meat. As she got older we eventually started to give her meat and she loved it. He wanted her to be healthier and not ingest all kinds of hormones and what not that comes with buying commercial meat. I am not sure that he himself really knew why – he just felt like it was a better decision.

I have occasionally entertained the idea of going meatless but never really had a reason to do so other than perhaps to just be healthier. I have never taken into consideration how raising animals that eventually become our dinner impacts the environment…it is absolutely crazy!

Meatless? A Fresh Look at What you Eat by Sarah Elton (thank you Owl Kids for sending over this book!) talks about it all in simple terms and is appropriate even for adults. Why people go vegetarian, the high cost of meat, and a fantastic sample chart of a meat-free week are some of the topics you will find in this book. I thoroughly enjoyed reading about the power of plants. Did you know that by combining a legume with a grain creates a complete protein? (I totally didn’t!) My Favourite?… A fantastic chart on meat alternatives! Included in this chart are a variety of meat-free sources to finding minerals (iron, zinc, calcium), fats and fatty acids as well as Vitamin B12. This book is geared towards children in grades 4-8 but let me tell you, I have learned so much myself reading it!

My 3 year old is a little too young to understand the language in this book but she saw it on our coffee table the past couple days and kept begging me to read it to her. I finally gave in. While the book is written for children in grades 4-8, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it as an adult and learned quite a bit. I definitely had to simplify majority of it for her (and improvise on the parts that talked about animals dying- she would definitely cry) but she loved it and asked a million questions about every single page.

What to expect:

Here is a breakdown of the chapters:

Part One: A History of Meat-Eating (including a great section on religious rules- super interesting!)

Part Two: Why Go Vegetarian?

  • Animal Welfare
  • The High Cost of Meat
  • Greenhouse Gases
  • Enough Food for Everyone

Part Three: If Not Meat, Then What?

  • Plant Power
  • Faux Meat- Bon Appétit!

Part Four:

  • A Meat-Free Week
  • Telling Your Friends and Family
  • Tips from Kid Vegetarians

Conclusion: Set the Table for Everyone

I really admire how the author does not try to convince you to be a vegetarian or puts down meat eaters but rather educates you. I am not quite ready to tell my little lady that the chicken she eats is actually a dead chicken. (yes Sweetie, the same ones you see at the farms.. yes like your cute little stuffy that is on your bed right now that you adore and talk to each night) I just don’t have the heart to and I do not feel she is mature enough, so I am making the choices for her right now. As a family we are meat eaters but we do limit our meat each week. As my daughter gets older, she will be making her own decisions and this book is perfect for educating her in all aspects. It is definitely a keeper!

A big thanks to Owl Kids Books for sending over a copy of Meatless? A Fresh Look at What You Eat by Sarah Elton in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions in this blog post are 100% my own!

**Note: This blog post was originally posted on Jun.20 but due to some technical glitches of changing the theme of my blog and making some revisions to my site, it was sadly erased along with a group of other posts so I have reposted it! 🙂

Chickpea Pasta!

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photo taken from choosechickapea.com

I have recently fallen in love with this pasta and just had to let the world know my latest obsession so here is my quickie review!

This pasta is made of only 2 ingredients: Organic chickpea flour and Organic red lentil flour. Each 227g box contains a significant amount of folate (Hello pregnant mamas..so good for you!) Iron, zinc, vitamin B5, and magnesium are a few others that make it big. No artificial flavours, colours or added sugar…literally just 2 ingredients.

I first discovered this pasta at my local Longos and knew I just had to try it! I have tried all kinds of pasta and my family currently eats spelt, whole wheat and Catelli Greens. Being of Italian decent I just can’t get pasta out of my diet. I have tried on numerous occasions to eliminate it, eat less of it, and pretend I don’t like it anymore and I have to face reality that it’s just not going to happen.

At $5.99 a box for 227g I would not recommend using it at your next dinner party but in my opinion it is a small price for huge nutritional rewards for you and your family. All it really means is you can stop buying a bunch of .99 cent pasta bags and splurge a bit on a quality box of Chickpea Pasta once in a while. I have to confess that I bought a couple boxes and have almost entirely replaced my pasta stash.

How does it taste?

Hmm…good question. It definitely doesn’t taste like normal pasta. It tastes like a mix of bean, whole wheat and spelt. I have made it with my homemade tomato sauce and it is perfection! (see pic below)

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Chickapea Pasta Spirals with my homemade tomato sauce

The best part of this product? Created by a Canadian Mama. I love supporting Canadian anything.

The pasta comes in 3 varieties: spirals, penne, and shells. You can purchase it online or check out their website to find your local grocery store that carries it.  If you sign up for their newsletter you will receive 15% off your first order. You better believe I am taking advantage of that!

All thoughts and opinions in this blog post are 100% my own. I purchased Chickapea Pasta from my local Longos at $5.99/box. I have never seen it on sale, but just deal with it and buy it already! 😉