Okay, this post is less about what I’m eating this week and more about what I ate and why summer is awesome. But you’re okay with that, right? If not…sorry. My blog, my rules. I win. Okay first let’s get to what I ate. Well, actually…can I admit something first?
Okay…I don’t know how to cook a steak. I know, it’s embarrassing. You’d think someone who is so into eating meat would know how to cook a good steak but it all just seems so overwhelming.
Oh, look. Some steaks.
Recently I bought a meat Groupon. I really like saying meat Groupon. I don’t know why. Anyway, I don’t really remember how much it was but I think it was like $20 for two grass fed steaks (those guys in the picture), a pound of grass fed beef, and five sausages. All locally made. I feel like that’s a pretty good deal. So anyway, I got those steaks and we grilled them up on Father’s day.
I mean, I didn’t grill them…cause I don’t know how to cook a steak…as I said. I tried to figure out how to do it but there’s all this nonsense about how some people think you should bring it to room temperature and some people don’t and then you gotta let it rest and blah blah. Who knew a dead cow could be so complicated.
My steak chef also cooked some hamburgers for those who weren’t fortunate enough to have steaks. Not my meat Groupon hamburgers, though. Although, I’m sure they were still pretty good because it wasn’t factory farmed beef.
So, there they are. Steaks, grilled up and ready to be eaten. That’s reason number one summer is awesome. Grilling. Personally, I think everything tastes better grilled. Okay, maybe not everything…but a lot of things. What’s your favorite food to grill?
The other reason summer is awesome? Growing your own food. I’m sure my parents are reading this thinking, “What is she even talking about? She’s not growing anything, we’re doing all the work over here.” Which, sadly…is true. I live in an apartment building, with no yard…so I can’t really have a garden. However, luckily for me, my parents have big yards with plenty of room to grow plenty of food.
Strawberries are in season in Michigan right now. Which is great because they might be my favorite fruit. Or maybe pineapple. Or watermelon. I don’t know, fruit is so delicious.
Growing your own food saves you money. I don’t know about you, but I love saving money. Oh, you know what else I love? Not having to go to the grocery store. I hate going to the grocery store. Mainly because it’s always crowded and people are always staring. It would be lovely to just walk out into my back yard and pick whatever food I wanted.
Look at those. Aren’t they crazy? Have you ever wondered why food in the grocery store always looks exactly the same and perfect but then when you grow your own food it’s usually a lot smaller or looks deformed? I have. I wonder about that all the time. How does it look so perfect EVERY TIME?
I didn’t know asparagus grows in ditches but apparently it does. My brother taught me that. He picked these ones…although I’m pretty sure he actually raided an asparagus farm this time.
Asparagus is in season too. When you grow your own vegetables and eat them fresh, they’re more nutritious. Once you pick it, it’s basically dying from then on so the nutrients deteriorate as time goes on. If you eat it as soon as, or shortly after it’s been picked…you’re getting way more nutrients than an older version of the same thing bought from a grocery store.
Anyone know what this is? Garlic plants! Apparently the curly things at the top are called Garlic Scapes. I’ve never even heard of that, before but a couple weeks ago my dad told me about picking these guys and I snagged a bunch from my grandma’s garlic plants. They taste just like garlic. This week when I went to the farmers’ market, I saw a bunch of stands selling them. Don’t know how I’ve never noticed them before. Garlic is delicious.
Save The Earth!
Growing your own food is also good for the environment. If you’re into that sort of thing. If you grow your own food, less resources are used shipping produce around the country. Not to mention, you won’t have to drive to the grocery store. And what’s better than knowing the delicious food you’re eating was a product of your own hard work?
So, in case you weren’t paying attention, growing your own food is:
- More Nutritious
- Better for the Environment
I’ll stop writing now because I know you are all dying to go out and plant gardens if you haven’t already. You can thank me later.
Do any of you guys have gardens? What are you growing? Let me know in the comments!