Why I Am Posting These Recipes

I believe that it is healthier for an individual and for the planet to reduce the consumption of animal products in the human diet. However, I love to eat all kinds of delicious food, and find it really, really difficult to go totally vegetarian. Also, my family protests if I serve too many vegetarian meals in a row. So I am committed to making an effort to move towards a vegetarian diet without wholly doing so. I will post recipes several times a week that represent my philosophy of eating well, eating healthy, eating local. Most recipes will be easy to prepare, as I have a busy life. So I expect my followers to be people who love to cook and eat well, want to try to help the planet through their eating (by eating local foods and trying to reduce the use of meat in our diets), and have many other things to do each day besides cook.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Super-Easy Barbeque-flavored Pork Stew

This dish won't help you become a vegetarian.  My family, as I have said before, sometimes craves meat, and I can only get away with vegetarian offerings for a limited number of days-in-a-row.  If you can reduce the number of days in a week that you serve meat for dinner, you are still moving in the right direction.  Use this recipe for one of those days when you have to break down and satisfy those carnivore cravings.  Help offset the resulting degradation to the planet by purchasing meat that is humanely raised.  If you can find a local source for your pork, that is best.  If your grocer has a source of meat that is not local but at least from a smaller, family farm, that is better than most.  If the pigs were allowed lots of space to live and eat in, and were able to eat grass, they polluted the earth less than they would have if they lived in factory-farm conditions.  Their healthy lives translate into healthier eating for you, too.  If you have trouble buying this kind of meat because it costs more, you can justify it by eating cheap beans and rice another night.  Also, it actually costs society more through the pollution costs that show up elsewhere.  So if you can spend the money on more expensive local meat and still survive economically, you should do it.

Serves 8

2 ½ lbs. boneless pork shoulder, cut into bite-sized cubes
1 bottle barbeque sauce (read the label to make sure it does not have high fructose corn syrup; I like the Trader Joe’s brand).  If you have an open bottle that is ¾ full, you can just use that amount and it will be fine
1 can or bottle of beer
2 garlic cloves, cut in half
2 cups water

Put all ingredients together in a pot and stir.  Cover and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer.  Simmer for 2 ½ hours.  Uncover and continue to simmer for approximately 2 more hours to thicken sauce.  Serve over brown rice, whole wheat couscous or mashed potatoes.

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