Last night we had chicken wraps with homemade tortillas and an epiphany..... It was a busy night.
Cooper, Danny's son, is here for the holidays and chicken wraps are his favourite things. We usually by the bag of tortillas from the supermarket - you know the ones that are thin, perfectly round, kinda like cardboard in texture and you always get that aftertaste of bi-carb soda.
I found Julie's recipe for Homemade Tortillas on her blog Towards Sustainability and they were easy and fantastic. The test was whether they rolled up as well as the plastic ones and they passed the test with flying colours. My secret test was whether Cooper, a 10 year old, was going to like them - and the response "yeah, I like them better!" - NICE!
Last night's experience was a confirmation of a new food philosophy that we have been toying with. Danny and I read Michael Pollan's In the Defence of Food . It talks about eating real food and more plants. He talks about the food that we eat being so nutritionally plastic and that because we eat these foods with no substance we eat more and more of it to fill us up which leads to obesity etc.
We definitely experienced that very thing last night. Cooper normally has about 3 wraps to fill him up, Danny about 4 and me about 2. Last night Cooper and I were flat out finishing 1 and Danny only put away 2 wraps. This says to me, that because we took the time to make these homemade tortillas, we ate "real" food which filled us up meaning we ate far less.
One of his other mantras is never eat anything with more than 4 ingredients. This is so interesting when you go to do the groceries and start checking the labels. Actually it is quite scary. The butter we have always eaten, the jam I have every morning, the pasta we eat often, even the soy milk that I drink all have this huge list of ingredients - most of which have a number next to them and all of which contained some form of preservative. This lead us to getting serious about our new food philosophy.
Our new food philosopy is to eat REAL food which most of the time means homemade food. No more preservative filled convenience food. Instead we are going to respect our bodies.
The cost does go up, no doubt, but I pay an extra $100 for good jeans or good shoes that go on the outside of my body, why aren't I paying extra on things that go into my body..... Doesn't make much sense really.
So hurray for homemade tortillas and the cementing of our new food life!