salty, buttery, popcorn
best. snack. ever.
We are now in our second week of The Food Matters Project. Hopefully you’ve already checked out our website and our Facebook page, where you can connect and share with other participants. This week’s recipe was chosen by Kate of Cookie & Kate, and it rocks… seasoned popcorn. You wouldn’t think you needed a recipe for something as easy as popcorn, but I found it helpful the first time I made it, just to get an idea of the measurements. When I made it again (and again, and again) I winged it and it worked out just fine. I keep my toppings simple… salt and a bit of melted butter. I’m not one to mess with a classic combination.
The more I read about Food Matters, the more excited I am about our project, and the recipes we have ahead of us. But most importantly I’m realizing how crucial it is for all of us to make a change in how we eat. I was blown away by some of the information presented in Mr. Bittman’s book. For example, did you know that we hit our “ecological overshoot” point over twenty years ago? Or that it takes 2.2 calories of fossil fuel to grow 1 calorie of corn, and even worse, 40 calories of fossil fuel to produce 1 calorie of beef?! Or that to feed our current consumption and absorb our waste we would need 1.3 planet Earths to accommodate it? That’s insane. He then goes on to say how if all the land that is currently used in the US to raise food for animals was instead used for humans, we could end world hunger. Pretty staggering, wouldn’t you say?
He is not saying that we should all go vegan. He simply is encouraging us to reduce the amount of processed foods and animal products, and increase the veggies, the whole grains, the beans, the fruits, the nuts, and the seeds. And this makes sense. It’s what he calls “sane eating”… but more on that in a later post! I do find it interesting that he does eat vegan for breakfast and lunch, and then eats a normal dinner. Maybe something to try?
Don’t forget, our cookbook giveaway ends tonight, so head on over to The Food Matters Project and submit your comment to win a copy. Then you too can curl up with a bowl of popcorn as you flip through this wonderful cookbook.