I have a confession to make here before I go on. Ready? Breathe….. After 20 years…..I am no longer a vegetarian. It started with a homemade grilled hamburger from local beef when I was pregnant and anemic. It was so good I ate another. Then we bought a pig from our farmer, after it was processed. And then I had an old (as in that chapter was a long time ago for me) Holistic Mom Network friend post about a bull they were processing and asked if anyone wanted to go in on it. SO I dove in head first. I’ll only eat meat at home, when I know where it came from. But I felt like we needed more diversity in our diet. Beans and cheese were not cutting it since I didn’t eat any processed vegetarian foods. With this busy life, I was hungry and tired and bored of food.
Now then….on our first snow day of the season our stove was hot with chicken noodle soup and chili. I even made broth! I told you jumped right in – Paleo, Western A Price style!
The Instant Pot is amazing. I’ve never loved a crockpot because I can’t plan dinner at 9:00 AM. The Instant Pot is an electric pressure cooker that is like a microwave crock pot without the fear that I’m going to blow up the kitchen. Vegetarians… close your eyes.
The chili was leftover from two nights ago. From the 1/8 of a cow that is frozen in our basement. The pig is gone. The chicken is from our food co-op where they only (mostly) sell meat from local farmers. None of it’s cheep. But we eat it sparingly which is how I now believe meat should be consumed. I’m still adamantly against all commercial meat farming.