Okay, they're not really 'rules' so much as principles we try to live (and eat) by:
#1 Eat Local
For cooking at home we buy local produce and meat much as possible. This means watching the "origin" signs at Whole Foods, buying at the Farmer's Market, and when possible, growing it ourselves (though our newish house isn't cooperating with that!)
When eating out we try to eat only at locally-owned restaurants. Favorites include this for beer, this for fish tacos, this for midmorning meetings and this for anytime. Oh, and let's not forget this recent discovery. Quite frankly, there's not enough space to list all the great, locally-owned restaurants here in Birmingham. We can't remember the last time we ate at Chili's or TGIFridays or Olive Garden.
#2 Eat Humanely Produced Food
You may notice we mention Whole Foods quite often. It's our main source for meat because of its 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating System and its new Wild-Caught Seafood Sustainability Rating System.
We try to extend this philosophy when eating out, but boy is it hard! Mostly we have to eat vegetarian because there are very few restaurants that use organically-grown, humanely produced meat. There are some local eateries that do and so does our new favorite chain restaurant.
You can learn a lot more about Humane Certification here.
#3 Eat Healthy Food
Fresh vegetables, grilled meats instead of fried, fruit, whole grains. That's the goal, at least.
SOOOOOO... back to that rule breaking thing already!
It's a chaotic week at work (5-part series called "Stuff" kicked off today), school (Are You Smarter Than a 4th Grader Alabama History presentation tonight), theatre rehearsals and more. So tonight we ended up here
Yup. Neither local, nor humane, nor healthy.
A total strike out. Oh well, there's always
Tanya -- quick, easy, greasy
Miranda -- Yum!! Thank you so much. You're the best Mom ever!
Hannah -- Yes! (said with a fist pump action)
Olivia -- Okay. Where's my straw?