"Where's the beef?"

“Tell your boyfriend, if he says he’s got beef, that I’m a vegetarian and I ain’t {explative} scared of him”
–3Oh!3 “Don’t Trust Me”

Beef quotes galore. Ground beef seems to be a ubiquitous ingredient in American cooking and was something I cooked with all the time. While I do adore the taste of some substitutes, the overly processed and soy based nature of these products carries a serious ick factor. Opt for a whole food choice like mushrooms, squash, or lentils!

“Hamburger” Stroganoff
Ingredients:
4-6 servings cooked egg noodles or brown rice
1 pack crimini (baby Bella) mushrooms, cleaned and chopped or 1 cup lentils
1 can Cream of Mushroom soup (I use Campbell’s reduced fat)
3 strips faux bacon (I use Morningstar), chopped
1 cup tomato soup (I use Trader Joe’s Roasted Red Pepper and Tomato Soup)
8 oz. Sour Cream
1 medium white or yellow onion, chopped
Salt and pepper
Paprika to taste

Preparation:
1) Sauté the onion over medium to low heat in a large pan coated in olive oil
2) Create an area in the pan and add the chopped facon, let it work (cook) with the onions and continue to sauté together
3) Add the faux ground beef and heat through, sprinkle with salt, pepper, and paprika and stir
4) Add the can of cream of mushroom soup, reduce the heat to low, stir thoroughly and often for 20 minutes
5) Depending on your choice of rice or noodles, prepare them now or start them before depending on how long it needs to cook
6) Add the sour cream and tomato soup, heat through, and do not boil
7) Serve over rice or noodles while hot and delicious, YUM!

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Smash brought over a bottle of Lazy Bones Cabernet Franc that we drank with this dinner, “soooooo good!” And this recipe keeps really well for lunch the next day, or dinner too!

Food for thought: what dictates the meat choices that are acceptable? Americans generally eat cow, chicken, and pig while in India they’d never eat a cow and in other countries dog and cat meat is a delicacy? Are Americans right and other countries wrong? Should acceptable animal flesh to be consumed be a social construct?

This is Al, a steer my friend London babysat for ten days, fell in love with and decided she couldn’t eat beef anymore. He likes to cuddle.

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