The other day, someone asked me what my favorite meal to cook is. I generally hate this question, for a variety of reasons that I won’t bother getting into. But I’m also generally a trooper, and started with my general answer that I like to cook food people like, leading into that I prefer making salads and sandwiches because they’re endlessly customizable –
And then the person cut me off. “No,” they insisted, “your favorite meeeaaal. A full meal. A salad is more of just a course, you know?”
1 – don’t interrupt me.
2 – what the fuck is a fucking meeeaaal?
Because I thought it was food that you eat when you’re hungry. And considering how the Standard American Diet (SAD) of meals is treating our bodies, maybe we should rethink it a little.
So yes, a salad can be a meal. And not just one of those weird, mega salads with fried chicken, and creamsicle dressing, and chips on it. A salad like greens, and other vegetables, and some fruit or nuts, and maybe some kind of protein. And you eat it, and you’re full, and it’s a freaking meal. Maybe you have some bread or something on the side.
Some things that are meals:
- Eggs and veggies
- Big pile of veggies
- Fruit and nuts
- Ice cream
Yeah, ice cream. You’re a grown ass person, and no one should tell you what makes a meal.