What was the best meal you had in 2013?
We don’t hear the word meal very much anymore. Our immediate senses revolve around the taste of food, the texture of ingredients, and the emotional response we get from a specific dish. But on a larger scale, a meal, from beginning to end, is far more than just food. It’s the environment whether someone’s kitchen or a restaurant, the involvement whether ordering or cooking, the company whether alone or with friends, and the experience you had when putting all of those elements together – that all makes a meal more than just… eating.
This year, G and I have really played around with more Paleo recipes after having tried the Les Mills 21 Day Challenge. After that experience, we realized there were non-negotiable foods that we had to have in our diet, but there were plenty of foods that we could live without. And whenever possible, we would try to make healthy substitutions that would be better for us but not sacrifice taste. I’m a big fan of everything in moderation. I’m also a big fan of one pot meals and crock pot recipes that require minimal effort for huge output.
So with the help of some of my favorite Paleo recipe sites (PaleOMG and PaleoPot) we started trying some recipes for much loved “bad for you” dishes. Our very first foray into one-pot Paleo cooking was Paleo Pork Fried Rice.
It was my favorite meal because it is a dish that I have loved my whole life but always felt guilty eating and I could enjoy this without thinking twice. Without even checking my portion size. Without giving up dessert or making any other “diet negotiation” in exchange for a cheat. Because it’s NOT a cheat. Hallelujah!
It was my favorite meal because it was easy to make and I can make it anytime I want to over and over again.
It was my favorite meal because I enjoyed it with my favorite girl, G, who is just as enamored with it as I am.
It was my favorite meal because it gave birth to many other meals that have similar recipes with slightly different ingredients and has perpetuated a menu in my household of health, tastiness, and fulfillment.